Monthly Archives: May 2015


Coffee and Community

The Electric Brew invites you to join their efforts to support Café Justo, a coffee roastery and cooperative in the Agua Prieta community of Sonora, Mexico. The roastery was founded by migrant coffee farmers in search of a fair price for their coffee beans. The Electric Brew and Café Justo are building a relationship based on marketing coffee that is grown, harvested, and prepared in a just, and organic way.They share a love for good coffee, and a passion for telling the story of coffee. One way The Electric Brew can share this unique story with Goshen, is through the premiere of, “A Film About Coffee.”

Café Justo, in Sonora, Mexico, is a coffee cooperative dedicated to marketing coffee that is organic, and just.

Café Justo, in Sonora, Mexico, is a coffee cooperative dedicated to marketing coffee that is organic, and just.

A Film About Coffee,” is a documentary that has spanned the globe to capture a culture of coffee that is far-reaching and diverse.  Yet, this film also brings to life the many ways that one cup of joe can unite communities together in the pursuit of fair trade. According to the director, Brandon Loper, “This is a film that bridges gaps both intellectual and geographical, evoking flavor and pleasure, and providing both as well.

With your help, The Electric Brew can bring this fantastic film to Goshen! The goal is to raise $1,200 by June 6, in order to cover the promotion costs of the film. Plus, all additional funds will go to the Agua Prieta community.

The Electric Brew is dedicated to sharing the story of coffee in an effort to cultivate a deeper appreciation for where these magical beans comes from. Taking the opportunity to learn where your coffee comes from, might just give you another reason to wake up in the morning!

Follow our updates to learn more about fair trade coffee, and to explore other opportunities to get involved!

THANK YOU!


Steve Gall Campaign – FINAL Day

Were are down to the final day of the “Neighbor In Need” campaign to raise money for Carver Dewitt-Gall’s upcoming back surgery. If you’ve been thinking about donating to this campaign, it’s now make-or-break time. We’re over half way to the goal of $1,500, admittedly not a lot of money considering the costs of hospital surgeries these days, but it will help the Gall family manage the 20% of costs they will have to pay out of pocket.

Greg Lehman's Outdoor Pizza Oven

Greg Lehman’s Outdoor Pizza Oven

Those of us who are following this campaign closely know that it’s the last hours of a campaign that can make the difference between achieving and surpassing a goal or falling short. We sure hope this campaign makes a strong finish, and we really appreciate everyone’s generosity. Even small donations of $5 or $10 will help get us there.

Steve Gall’s co-worker Greg Lehman, sponsor of this campaign, is offering his time and talents on Saturday to bake gourmet wood-fired pizzas and host seatings at his place for an afternoon/evening pizza party for donors who chose a PIZZA PARTY Reward (see the “Rewards” tab on the Campaign page) as an incentive.

If you look at the “Community” tab on the Campaign, you will see Steve Gall’s picture on a number of those donations. That’s because our crowdfunding campaigns provide a way to include “offline donations” contributing to the total. A number of Steve’s co-workers at Oaklawn have already chipped in to help, giving money directly to Greg or to Steve for this campaign, and those donations are each recorded and are helping to reach the goal.

Greg tells us there are still seats remaining for each hour of the pizza party, so why not grab a few Rewards and invite your friends to join you around the table at Greg Lehman’s place. (For more details, check out the “Updates” tab on the Campaign page.) And while Greg is cooking pizzas, ask him to regale you with tales of his summers spent in Antarctica!

Thanks to everyone that has given so far!

 


Helping Neighbors in Need

It’s a beautiful thing when a community bands together to help a neighbor. Our neighbor at this moment is Steve Gall, who’s son Carver is scheduled for back surgery this summer in Indianapolis. The family is facing some serious expenses. You’ll find all the details in the campaign. Any donations are welcome, and will be greatly appreciated.

PIZZA PARTY

To reward your generosity, Gregory Lehman of Goshen, a long-time friend and co-worker of Steve’s, is throwing a PIZZA PARTY all afternoon on Saturday May 16th, 2015 in order to help raise money towards the costs of surgery, travel, and stays in Indianapolis.

straw bale houseGreg has planned 6 sittings around his dining room table outside on the brick driveway next to a wood-fired pizza oven. He anticipates cranking out some 80 or so pizzas from that nifty home-built oven.

REWARDS

Click the “Rewardstab on the campaign page to choose a time and grab your tickets. Then enjoy pizza with friends and family on a Saturday afternoon at Greg’s place.

You may not know Greg but you’ve probably seen his place — a tall medieval-looking straw bale house built in 2006. Come dine under the trees on a driveway built of salvaged bricks, surrounded by permaculture gardens. It’s just NE of town on Middlebury Road. Parking available on Steury Ave. Visit gregorylehman.com for more information about the property where the pizza party will be hosted.