Update from Thanksgiving Coffee

This is a blog post from Thanksgiving Coffee, regarding their cause coffee benefiting Friends of the Earth, and their local efforts to save the bees in Mendocino. Read the entire article at www.thanksgivingcoffee.com/bee-bold-update/

In February of 2016, Thanksgiving Coffee made a commitment to honor a species that is necessary for the continued existence of the planet. Humans, plants and animals alike rely on bees for survival, and they decided it was time to start paying attention.

Friends of the Earth

At the end of 2015, much of the Western world was discussing Colony Collapse Disorder. Bees were dying across America and some European countries. Beekeepers and environmental experts were teaming up to raise awareness, and here in Fort Bragg, Paul Katzeff (co-founder and CEO of Thanksgiving Coffee) got an email from Friends of the Earth. It asked:

“Donate $25. Help us save the bees!”

He immediately wrote back, and explained a partnership concept to raise $100,000 using coffee. A year later, that partnership has grown into a movement. Thanksgiving Coffee Company created a product: Bee Bold Coffee. For every bag sold, they donate between 15 and 25% of the proceeds to Friends of the Earth, in support of their efforts to create legislation to protect our pollinators.

In addition, Bee Bold Coffee sold in Mendocino County supermarkets provides the funding for Bee Bold Mendocino, an organization Thanksgiving Coffee formed to help focus efforts on our local bee populations. (see below)

Fundraising Update

Since Thanksgiving Coffee began this journey in 2016, we have sold over 1,600 pounds of Bee Bold Coffee through our online store, and over a thousand pounds through local supermarkets in Mendocino County. They’ve raised over $11,000 for Friends of the Earth, and $1,500 for our local Bee Bold Mendocino committee.



Beekeepers New Year’s Eve

A Benefit to Save our Bees: a Winter Solstice Celebration

December 21, 2016 at the Caspar Community Center
15051 Caspar Rd
Caspar, CA 95420

Dinner: 6pm ~ Dance: 7:30pm

Beekeeping in Mendocino County

We celebrate Beekeepers New Years Eve, a traditional name for the Winter Solstice that reflects the wisdom of the Queen Bee who lives in the dark but knows to start laying for the New Year at the Solstice.

A splendid seasonal buffet dinner (with gluten free and vegan options) will be accompanied by wine donated by bee-friendly Frey Vineyards, plus bubbles donated by a friend of the bees, and beer from North Coast Brewing Co. Bee Bold Mendocino is sponsored by Thanksgiving Coffee Company.

Tickets: $40 at Harvest Market, Out of This World, & brownpapertickets.com.

All proceeds benefit Bee Bold Mendocino.

About the Music

Dinner will be followed by music for dancing and listening by Ralph Humphrey and Friends, Steven Bates, Jon Faurot, and David Hayes.

With Ralph on drums, Steven Bates, lead guitar and vocals, Jon Faurot, guitar and bass, and David Hayes, bass and vocals, this quartet of some of the best-known and most popular musicians on the coast will delight the dancers. The quartet is four veteran musicians, all local residents known for their enthusiastic performances with many local musician-friends.

Ralph Humphrey on drums is a renowned drummer and teacher, whose early experiences included Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention. Ralph is active in the recording industry, playing for a variety of projects, including recently the Academy Awards and the hit show American Idol. Steven Bates on guitar and vocals is leader of the Steven Bates Band, a favorite in clubs from Hollywood to his hometown Fort Bragg, and a veteran of many studio sessions with producers such as Bill Bottrell and Calvin Turnbull. Jon Faurot, guitar and bass, formed his first band in South Bend, Indiana at age 12 and never looked back. In addition to being well known in the local music scene, he has shared the stage with the likes of Ramona, B.B. King, and Maria Muldaur. David Hayes on upright bass and vocals is an acclaimed bassist, guitarist, singer, and songwriter best known internationally as a member of the Van Morrison Band for most of the last 4 decades. David is well known locally as a member of The Mendocino Quartet and for his duets with Gene Parsons.

Fort Bragg Becomes the First Bee City USA™ in California!

Fort Bragg Becomes the 1st Bee City USA™ in California and 23rd in the Nation!

  Bee-City-Logo  (Fort Bragg, CA  July 8, 2016) – Fort Bragg’s City Council has voted unanimously to become a Bee City USA®, the first city designation in California. Bee City USA designees nationwide are a diverse group that includes Hales Corners, Wisconsin; Decatur, Georgia; Ashland, Oregon; Washington, D.C., and Seattle, Washington.

         Bee City USA is a nonprofit national organization that fosters ongoing dialogue in urban areas to raise awareness of the role pollinators play in sustaining three-quarters of the world’s plant species, and how each of us can help provide healthy habitats. 

         The City’s designation is the result of great encouragement by the community and Bee Bold Mendocino, a local non-profit advocating for bees and pollinators throughout Mendocino County. Lavender Cinnamon and Paul Katzeff of Bee Bold Mendocino and Thanksgiving Coffee Company originally presented the proposal to Mayor Dave Turner as part of the ongoing effort to make Mendocino County bee friendly. At a recent City Council meeting, Scott Schneider, Administrative Services Director, presented the designated Bee City USA requirements to City Council members and the public, which include an annual celebration, signage and ongoing education raising awareness of the importance of pollinators and bees in our everyday lives. The City designated the Community Development Committee to facilitate Fort Bragg’s efforts to engage the community in promoting pollinator-friendliness.

         “Our City Council let it be known that we understand the importance of sustaining pollinators, and want to do everything we can to make the city more pollinator-friendly” states Dave Turner, the Mayor of Fort Bragg. “We are proud to be the first Bee City USA in California and are grateful to the community and Bee Bold Mendocino for bringing the opportunity to our attention.”

Bee City USA founder and director, Phyllis Stiles explains, “The program aspires to make people more PC (“pollinator conscious,” that is). As more and more individuals and communities begin planting native, pesticide-free flowering trees, shrubs and perennials, it will create large-scale change for thousands of species of pollinators at risk. How each city or county celebrates pollinators is up to them, but we especially encourage educational programs for children, like school gardens. When a child falls in love with pollinators, they are friends for life.”

         Lavender Cinnamon of Bee Bold Mendocino, said, “We are hopeful that each of the four cities in Mendocino County will be designated as a Bee City USA. I am grateful to Fort Bragg for becoming the first to lead the way to a bee friendly county. Fort Bragg is the ideal first candidate for certification, it is a city of gardeners and gardens: it has the garden club, the school gardens district-wide, the numerous community gardens from the city’s nonprofits, the farm to school program of Noyo Food Forest, and of course the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens.”

         “Bee Bold” is the project name of Friend’s of the Earth’s national effort to educate Americans about the importance of bees as pollinators and of their imminent decline. Bee Bold Coffee is sold under an exclusive licensing agreement between Thanksgiving Coffee Company and Friends of the Earth.

   Thanksgiving Coffee Company, celebrating its 44th year roasting coffee in Ft. Bragg, California, created an exclusive coffee package called Bee Bold to help fund Bee Bold Mendocino (BBM). Every package sold adds $1.00 to the coffers of BBM, the new community organization is bringing together community activists involved in keeping bees, gardeners with bee friendly gardens, and anti pesticide activists. The stated goal of BBM is to educate Mendocino County citizens about how to help the bees survive here and ultimately vote for a positive ballot initiative in November, 2017 containing regulations that support our bee populations and prohibit activities that harm both commercial hives and wild bee populations. An educated citizenry is the first step. Bee Bold, join us in celebrating our pollinators!

“I am delighted to hear the city of Fort Bragg saw the wisdom of doing this”, said Tanya Wyldflower, a local beekeeper, and one of the founders of the Mendocino Coastal Bee Keepers group, with over 200 community members. “We are continually being told how deeply gratifying bee keeping is, and how they love to contribute to a healthy ecosystem here on the coast. Supporting our pollinators is essential to our communities survival“.

For more information about the Bee City USA organization visit www.beecityusa.org or email Director Phyllis Stiles at beecityusa@gmail.com.

         For more information about the Fort Bragg Bee City USA program, contact Scott Schneider, Administrative Services Director, City of Fort Bragg, at (707) 961-2843

         For more information on Bee Bold Mendocino and how to create a grass roots pollinator movement in your city go to www.facebook.com/beeboldmendo or contact Lavender Cinnamon at 707 964-0118 ext. 250


Summer Interns Create The Bee Bold Mendocino Web Page!

Thanksgiving Coffee Company has been very fortunate this summer with the addition of four wonderful student interns from the Mendocino High School.


From the start to finish, this group has been a joy to work with and they were able to accomplish so much during the summer. We are extremely grateful for all of their help and look forward to seeing what they will come up with next in their life.

The interns spent the summer learning; Adobe Illustrator, WordPress, all about bees, (there’s more than one female), honey, pollination, Photoshop, lamination, coffee, cupping, methods of prep, differences between roasts, and most important, collaboration!


Thanksgiving Coffee Company’s summer interns, shown here hard at work on the new Bee Bold Mendocino’s web site!

Thanksgiving Coffee Company's summer interns, hard at work on Bee Bold Mendocino's web creation!

From left to right: Jazmine Atherton-Walsh, Arianna Oliveira, Hali Holmes, and Finn Martinez.

Thank you!