Posted by Reedy Fork Organic Farm on 12/6/2014 to News
"Your coffee could help protect migratory songbirds. Drinking coffee that‚Äôs for the birds is a good thing ‚Äì truly! The coffee you drink can positively impact your world ‚Äì and specifically grassland birds. Did you know that a lot of coffee is grown directly in the sun, meaning that more of the rain forest has been cut down to grow and harvest the beans? Coffee grown in the shade encourages a comfortable sanctuary for grassland birds. Organic agricultural practices protect the songbirds and encourage an increase in their population. Recent surveys of bird populations frequenting organic dairy farms in the US and Bird Friendly® coffee farms in Latin America indicate that such practices protect the habitat for migratory birds. Reedy Fork proudly cooperates with Birds & Beans Coffee, the only coffee brand in North America to solely sell triple-certified coffee: USDA Organic, Fair Trade, and Smithsonian Bird Friendly® Certified. Bye, Bye Birdies? Recent reports by the North American Bird Conservation Initiative show that grassland breeding birds have declined by 40% over the past five decades. And more than 20 Neotropical migratory species have steeply declining populations. Organic dairy farms (like Reedy Fork Organic Farm!) and Bird Friendly® coffee farms as habitats are beginning to positively impact these endangered species. The birds are regaining their winter and breeding habitat. (Remember the research that an Elon student conducted regarding wildlife on Reedy Fork farm? Also Nate Swick‚Äôs recent survey revealed that 46 species of birds were spotted and documented on our farm.) Maybe you‚Äôd like to be a part of Coffee Cup Conservation and savor a delicious cup of coffee from Bird Friendly farms with a drop of US organic milk or cream. It‚Äôs a simple way to start your day ‚Äì and help save the birds. Look for Organic Valley dairy products! Reedy Fork is a proud family farm member of the Organic Valley Cooperative. "