HB Joins Forecastle Foundation and The Nature Conservancy on Canoe Float down Green River

In Blog, Community, Sustainability // on September 18th, 2015 // by // No comment

Through our partnership with the Forecastle Foundation, we’re able to do some really cool things. Recently two of our managers went on a canoe float on the Green River with the Forecastle Foundation and the Nature Conservancy. $5 of every bag of Kentucky Dream sold at Heine Brothers’ and Whole Foods Louisville goes to the Forecastle Foundation for their work preserving the world’s natural awesome – specifically for two projects here in Kentucky – The Green River and Pine Mountain.

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From HB-Roastery Operations Manager Nathan Veneman:

I recently had the opportunity to go canoeing on the Green River with the Nature Conservancy of Kentucky as well as some of the members of the Forecastle Foundation. Sitting just north of Mammoth Cave in Central Kentucky, the Green River is one of the most biologically diverse tributaries of the Ohio River.

After a presentation from The Nature Conservancy at the Davis Bend Nature Preserve, we started down the river. The colors were vibrant, the scenery was gorgeous and the sky provided a spectacular backdrop. We had the chance to stop at the well known 300 Springs falls where many of us got out and explored. We were encouraged to either be “baptized by the springs or paddle back upstream”.

The trip provided an excellent vantage point to see first-hand how Heine Brothers works directly in the community to make a difference. The proceeds from KY Dream have and will continue to contribute to the wonderful landscape of our state with foundations like Forecastle and KFTC fighting the good fight.

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From HB-Gardiner Lane Shop Manager Stephanie Harvey:

Today was one for the books – a beautiful river, flourishing wildlife, and the amazing people who put their heart and souls into keeping it so.

I was asked to represent Heine Brothers’ Coffee and join members of the Nature Conservancy and the Forecastle Foundation in a canoe float down the Green River. The Nature Conservancy, a non-profit committed to protecting lands and rivers, purchased a section of the Green River for conservation efforts. This is where our float began, specifically, the Davis Belt and 300 Springs area. It’s the part of the Green River immediately above Mammoth Cave National Park.

We were greeted with a presentation from TNC regarding their conservation efforts in the area. I was surprised to hear the many things they have accomplished and the goals they are still striving to achieve. For example, they’re in the process of getting the okay to remove dams that are no longer used for their intended purpose in order to restore river habitat for miles. They’ve also committed to working with farmers to attain sustainable agriculture. These are just a few examples of the great work they are doing in this area. The Forecastle Foundation has done so much good already since selecting TNC as one of their beneficiaries earlier this year.

The canoe float was calming and peaceful, and we were in good company. The waterfall was definitely the highlight of the day. The Nature Conservancy is a really great organization, and I am proud to work for a company who donates $5 for every bag of KY Dream sold to the Forecastle Foundation for their efforts to rebuild the world’s “natural awesome”.

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