Dr. Julie Snow, Slippery Rock University professor in the Department of Geography, Geology and the Environment will be the featured speaker at the Bartramian Audubon Society meeting Monday, April 10 at 7:00 PM at Jennings Environmental Center.
In 2014, in order to create a project that would have direct impact on environmental problems, Dr. Snow developed “Rock Roast,” a non-profit coffee company, in partnership with the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center and Golden Valley Coffee Roasters. Being further developed and run by undergraduate students advised by Dr. Snow, the company sells only triple-certified (bird-friendly, organic, fair trade) products.
The project is self-funded, with the proceeds from sales going directly back to a coffee collaborative in Nicaragua to support research, conservation efforts, and education. Current research focuses on rainforest regrowth at coffee farms as a path for carbon sequestration, biodiversity protection, habitat growth for migratory birds, and improved wellness of the Nicaraguan farmers. Dr. Snow will describe the business, show how it supports research, and review the projects that are underway. She also will bring some coffee for tasting and enjoyment.