Cupping Coffee: From the Rainforest to your Mug

Arbor Day Coffee Cupping Coffee: From the Rainforest to your Mug By Ryan Hatt | December 12, 2018 Have you ever wondered how Arbor Day Coffees are selected and the process they undergo before being delivered to your doorstep? We are always on the hunt for the best shade-grown coffees around the world. We visit farmers to ensure Arbor Day Coffee is grown under the canopy of the rain forest and verify that sustainable farming practices are implemented. Shade-grown coffee produces a higher quality bean and results in a rich and flavorful cup. To determine if a coffee meets our quality standards, we look at a number of different factors through a method called cupping. Read: Arbor Day Coffee: The Shade-grown Approach to more Sustainable Coffee Production Coffee cupping is a process used in the industry to measure aroma, taste and overall quality of coffee beans. The first step of cupping starts with roasting the green coffee beans. In fact, before coffee is roasted it is re..
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6 Gifts That Give Back

Holiday 6 Gifts That Give Back By Stevie Handlin | December 10, 2018 Are you looking for a meaningful gift that will set you apart and last for years to come? We have you covered. Whether it’s tree planting in honor of friends and family or our rain forest-saving coffee, we can help you give your loved ones a gift that continues to give long after the holidays are over. Check out these gift options that give back. Give-A-Tree Cards These bright and beautiful holiday cards are great as standalone gifts or in addition to other gifts. Each card plants a tree in one of our nation’s forests. You can even personalize the cards for free. There are e-card options for when you need something last minute. 2. Holiday Give-A-Tree 10-Pack This collection includes two of each of our five most popular Give-A-Tree holiday cards. Gift it as a set or spread the joy to multiple people. 3. Everyday Give-A-Tree Card 10-Pack The everyday collection includes two of each of our five most ..
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Could You Pass This Junior Arborist Test?

Misc Trees Could You Pass This Junior Arborist Test? By Arbor Day Foundation | December 7, 2018 Do you think you have what it takes to pass this junior arborist test? Take the test to find out. Do you still need practice? Read these fast facts on tree history, biology, and uses to brush up on your tree knowledge. Tree History Sterling Morton: Morton was a journalist and editor for one of Nebraska’s newspapers before he became the father of Arbor Day. As an editor, he used his forum to spread his enthusiasm for agriculture and trees. Many readers shared the same sentiment for trees — or lack thereof in the dust bowl — which led to the creation of the tree-planting holiday. Learn more about Morton and the history of Arbor Day. Johnny Appleseed: To many, he may seem like an American folklore. But John Chapman, better known as Johnny Appleseed, was a real man. He was a nurseryman and orchardist who developed a reputation as a tree planter through his travels to plant app..
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9 Natural Ways to Decorate an Outdoor Tree

Holiday 9 Natural Ways to Decorate an Outdoor Tree By Arbor Day Foundation | December 3, 2018 It’s the most wonderful time of the year. It’s the season when snow blankets the noise of the city, trees frost, and lights gleam along light poles and buildings. Even though it’s cold outside, vibrant shades of emeralds, golds, and ruby find a way to make it feel warm. The air is filled with traces of eggnog and gingerbread cookies and the Christmas spirit comes to life. Decorating a Christmas tree is one of the most cherished and exciting family traditions during the season of giving. But you don’t have to limit yourself to an indoor tree. Decorating the evergreen trees in your yard is a fun way to add a little extra character to your home. Here are nine natural tips to decorating an outdoor tree and attracting wildlife. Spray paint pinecones: Use non-toxic spray paint to make your pinecones pop. Cinnamon walnut bundles: Cinnamon is great for decorating because it looks nice,..
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Tree City USA Bulletin No. 16: How to Recycle Shade Tree Materials

Tree Care Tree City USA Bulletin No. 16: How to Recycle Shade Tree Materials By Arbor Day Foundation | November 30, 2018 Sustainability has almost become a household word in recent years. As a society we seem to be realizing that land and resources are limited and that stewardship is an increasingly important responsibility. Yard waste alone contributes 18 percent of the nation’s waste, with an additional quantity coming from street trees, parks, campuses and other public places. Recycling simply must become part of the American way of life. The Environmental Protection Agency reports that over 13 percent of the nation’s waste materials are from trees, bushes, grass clippings and other discarded vegetation. This equates to 34 million tons of material added to the landfills – and often at a cost to homeowners and taxpayers. The good news is you can use those clippings to create natural composts. Watch: How Trees Can Retain Stormwater Runoff How to Make a Compost Pile P..
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Arbor Day Member Story: Emilie May

Arbor Day Member Stories Arbor Day Member Story: Emilie May By Nina Burkey | November 27, 2018 Meet Emilie. Emilie May is a 9-year old from California who has always enjoyed spending time exploring and hiking with her family and friends. Emilie’s grandparents have been longtime members of the Arbor Day Foundation and she shares their passion for the outdoors. She even prefers reading outside when she can. If there was one thing she could tell adults about the environment it would be, “Trees are the lungs of the Earth. Please don’t cut them down because if you do, everyone won’t have a lot of clean air.” Emilie is an advocate for taking care of our world today to ensure it stays a happy, healthy place we can all share tomorrow. When it comes to her own generation, Emilie says, “DO NOT LITTER, and clean up after those that do.” Emilie’s school recently closed because of the poor air quality caused from the California fires. She has seen the destruction the wildfires have..
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We Make a Greater Impact When We Work Together

Corporate Partnerships Replanting Our National Forests We Make a Greater Impact When We Work Together By Megan Rice | November 20, 2018 Mary Kay Celebrates One Millionth Tree Planting with the Arbor Day Foundation Ten years ago, we formed a partnership with Mary Kay as part of their Pink Doing Green campaign — a commitment to create and maintain sustainable business practices and conserve natural resources. The initiative has made a lasting impact in the last decade, including the planting of our one millionth tree together. To celebrate this milestone, local officials gathered at Mary Kay’s new manufacturing facility in Lewisville, Texas to plant the ceremonial tree: a Chinese pistache. Pink Doing Green has changed the lives of nearly 35,000 women and children, connecting them to green space by building 20 nature explore classrooms at domestic violence shelters across the country. Read A Place To Learn, Heal And Grow Additionally, our partnership has planted trees in ..
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Arbor Day® Coffee: The Shade-grown Approach to more Sustainable Coffee Production

Arbor Day Coffee Arbor Day® Coffee: The Shade-grown Approach to more Sustainable Coffee Production By Jon Ferguson | November 6, 2018 From melting glaciers to larger and more frequent forest fires, climate change is affecting the world in which we live. Tropical trees and coffee shrubs are among the living things influenced by the changes wrought by rising global temperatures. Importantly, soils, elevation, and temperature are among the exacting conditions necessary for coffee production and the livelihoods of the many farm families who depend on these crops. Recent research predicts that by the year 2050, only half the land currently used for coffee production will continue to be suitable. Read Are You Drinking Fair Trade? As production moves upslope to forest ecosystems at higher elevations, the danger of increased deforestation in the world’s rain forests becomes a very real possibility. The Arbor Day Foundation is taking a proactive lead in promoting farming, purcha..
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Arbor Day Coffee: The Shade-grown Approach to more Sustainable Coffee Production

Arbor Day Coffee Arbor Day Coffee: The Shade-grown Approach to more Sustainable Coffee Production By Jon Ferguson | November 6, 2018 From melting glaciers to larger and more frequent forest fires, climate change is affecting the world in which we live. Tropical trees and coffee shrubs are among the living things influenced by the changes wrought by rising global temperatures. Importantly, soils, elevation, and temperature are among the exacting conditions necessary for coffee production and the livelihoods of the many farm families who depend on these crops. Recent research predicts that by the year 2050, only half the land currently used for coffee production will continue to be suitable. Read Are You Drinking Fair Trade? As production moves upslope to forest ecosystems at higher elevations, the danger of increased deforestation in the world’s rain forests becomes a very real possibility. The Arbor Day Foundation is taking a proactive lead in promoting farming, purchas..
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Ask an Arborist: Why Should I Plant in the Fall?

Ask An Arborist Tree Planting Ask an Arborist: Why Should I Plant in the Fall? By Pete Smith | November 1, 2018 One of the most common misconceptions of fall planting is that it is too cold to plant in the late fall. In reality, fall planting is preferred in many areas because it gives seedlings more time to establish their root systems and acclimate to the warm weather in the spring and summer. Because trees go dormant in the winter, they require little to no care. At the Arbor Day Foundation, we intentionally wait until after the first frost before shipping out our trees during the fall season. This ensures the trees are dormant when they arrive. Although it is cold outside, trees can be planted until the ground is frozen solid. If you’re able to stick a spade in the ground, you’re still able to plant your trees. Pro Tip: to make it easier to plant in the fall, pre-dig your holes before your trees arrive and store the soil from the holes in a garage or tool shed to pre..
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