DOMA Coffee Roasting Company is an eco-friendly, small batch coffee roaster. We roast certified organic, Fair Trade and direct relationship coffees using a roaster that consumes 80% less gas than a conventional roaster.
As part of the green bean importing collective Cooperative Coffees, we are able to buy directly from farmer cooperatives and pay them higher than Fair Trade prices. We have face-to-face, long term relationships with the people who grow our coffee. We are very involved in the local biking community and sustainability issues in our area and abroad.
Coffee roasting generates a papery husk, “chaff”, that is used in composting and gardening. We save all of our chaff and coffee grounds for use in the Roots CSA compost program. We would like to deliver this bio-material via bicycle. To do this more efficiently we need a bike trailer. We would also use the trailer to deliver coffee to our local accounts. With a bike trailer, we would be able to eliminate onefull day of delivery by car.
Roots CSA is the first community-supported agriculture (CSA) program in our area. Family subscribers to the CSA are entitled to a share of the fresh harvest at the farm every other week during the growing season. The food at the CSA is not just for the area’s foodie elite; half of the subscriptions are specifically accessible to low-income participants.
The Roots CSA is starting from square one on a bare piece of land. To help this project move forward we need help building a hoop house at the farm. A hoop house is a valuable food production tool that will help to extend the short North Idaho growing season and provide sheltered workspace.
In just its first season, the Roots CSA is serving as a demonstration farm for organic farming practices and principles, a facility for gardening and sustainability education, and a platform for community engagement and networking with low-income participants.
Roots CSA is part of the Roots Local Food Share which collects and redistributes thousand of pounds of surplus fruits and vegetables to 15 localfood assistance facilities via community volunteers on bicycles with utility carts.
Children from local schools visit the farm to learn about soil fertility, to participate in seed planting and transplanting. This grant will help our ongoing efforts to become a model sustainable business in our community. Our goal in the near future is building a net-zero energy building.
The green grants contest is designed to give a boost to the green economy. We want to draw attention to projects that are doing a great job of combining social justice with environmental responsibility, and reward them with a grant toward their work.
What kind of groups are eligible?
If the project is good for both people and the planet and a $1,000 or $2,500 grant could make a difference to them – you should nominate the group. The group is not required to be a nonprofit organization or have 501c(3) status.
Will you be contacting my nominee?
If your nominee makes it into our top-ten, we will contact them to let them know. We'll work with the ten nominees to get a full description of their projects on our Web site for the round of top-ten voting.
What kind of projects are you talking about?
Here are some examples: Maybe a local school could use a green-grant for its organic garden project. Maybe a local pro-bicycling non-profit organization wants to extend its reach into the inner city. Maybe a local solar-installation business wants to make a commitment to provide job-training. Really, we're looking forward to seeing what you report to us. We're excited about publicizing good news about the green economy and rewarding good green projects.
When will the grants be given?
The nomination period runs through June 7. The top-ten voting runs through June 30. We'll publicize the winners and disburse the grants shortly after that. We'll also keep up with the winners and profile the great ways that they use their "green grants."
How else will the nominees benefit?
We'll list all the nominees (not just the top ten) on our Web site with links to their work. This will become an honor roll of organizations doing great green work in their communities, bringing together social justice and environmental health. People from all over the country will see their work and have an opportunity to link to it.
How are the top ten nominees chosen?
Top ten nominees will be chosen by Green America staff.
How are the green grants funded?
A generous Green America donor provides these funds for us to disburse to other groups as we see fit. This year, we decided to invite you to help us decide who receives these grants.