The Visitor Center is located right in the middle of town and is a welcoming spot not only for guests from outside Vermont, but also for many locals. Green Mountain Coffee has been a part of the Waterbury community for nearly 30-years, with the Visitor Center celebrating 5-years in the community this coming fall. Community is a big piece of what we do on a corporate level, but also on the local level. Integrating the Visitor Center into what is happening locally is very important to me, as a life long resident of Waterbury and as an employee.
On May 13th, at 5:30 p.m. the Visitor Center will host, in conjunction with Harwood Union High School., A Journey to Rwanda: Stories of Hope. Rwanda is a very special place to us: Today, after years of a brutal civil war, a partnership of growers, roasters and governments is producing exceptionally fine coffee (some of which is in our Fair Trade Spring Revival™ Blend), and allow us all to join in supporting Rwanda’s economic revival and small farmers who are producing extraordinary beans.
Harwood Union High School ,our local high school, has been sending students to Rwanda for the past 7-years in an effort to understand the Rwandan culture and people while creating life changing experiences and long term relationships. Students participate in a variety of service learning projects and this event gives them the opportunity to share their experiences with the greater community. While in Rwanda students visit a variety of venues such as schools, craft cooperatives, and coffee farms to name just a few.
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You can watch an audio-show produced by one Harwood student as a part of her role in the Rwandan Project here