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Zeri Foundation Honored for Global Coffee to Mushrooms Initiative

The Specialty Coffee Association of America, the world’s largest membership organization of coffee traders, roasters and distributors/coffee shops, decided last weekend to give their Annual Sustainability Award to the ZERI Foundation for the coffee-waste-to-mushrooms project they initiated in Colombia and developed in Zimbabwe with connections to India.

Our congratulations to Gunter Pauli, founder and director of Zeri (Zero Emissions Research Initiative) and author of the Zeri Fables children’s book series and Upsizing: The Road to Zero Emissions, More Jobs, More Income, and No Pollution.

With 8,000 coffee-heads expected to attend, the SCAA’s next conference will be held on April 16-19 in Atlanta. They will spend one hour plenary session on the “coffee to mushroom” initiative.

In Gunter’s words:

We started this 14 years ago, there are an estimated 10,000 mushroom farmers now in Colombia, Chido from Zimbabwe who started learning about mushrooms when she was 12 in one of ZERI’s programs with Prof. Shuting Chang from the Chinese University in Hong Kong, went to Colombia was trained there and then went to India, and shared her knowledge.

Read more about the Zeri foundation’s efforts to spread multicropping in Colombia, reducing coffee waste by using it to grow shiitake mushrooms.


4 Books for Growing Food in Winter

Don’t let cold weather stop you from producing and enjoying your own food. For many, the coming of winter simply means cultivation moves indoors or under cover. Small farmers, homesteaders, home gardeners, and commercial growers can extend the growing season with techniques outlined in these essential books. There’s no need for urbanites and small-space dwellers […] Read More

Is My Broth (or Stock) Bad?

Are you planning to start the GAPS diet or any other diet aimed at boosting gut health this year? If so, chances are that stocks and broths are critical components. Even if you’re not changing the way you eat, but you often have pots of aromatic goodness bubbling on your stove, you may have wondered, […] Read More

A Simple Way to Grow Fresh Greens Indoors This Winter

Just because the temperatures have started to drop doesn’t mean you have to live without fresh greens until Spring. Author and gardener Peter Burke’s innovative method of growing soil sprouts indoors can help you grow nutrient-dense greens all year long at a fraction of the cost of buying at market. Burke’s book, Year-Round Indoor Salad Gardening, is […] Read More

Recipe: Medlar Cream Cake

If you’re looking for a simple cake to serve guests, try this medlar cream cake. What’s a medlar? The fruit of the medlar tree, Mespilus germanica, tastes like lightly spiced apple butter scooped soft right out of the russeted skin. The Occidental Arts and Ecology Center in California has a small but significant collection of […] Read More

Chelsea Green: In the Media 2016

Oh, 2016. Where did the time go? Each year, Chelsea Green receives hundreds of mentions (well over 1000 in 2016) in the media both big and small. From interviews, to excerpts, to opinion pieces by authors we’re always working to make sure that the mission and message of each book is spread far and wide. […] Read More
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