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Hidden Harvest

A hidden harvest ottawa sign laying on apples

July 2015 - October 2015

For every pound of Hidden Harvest roasted we made a donation of $2 to hidden harvest - this year totalling $1,822! This allowed Hidden Harvest Ottawa to purchase new equipment and help get the financing behind hiring another full time team member to coordinate this fall's urban harvest. Over 3,800 Lbs. of food were donated to local food agencies, helping those in our communities who need it most

Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa

A presentation of an oversized cheque for the boys and girls club

November 2014 – February 2015

EK #65 was once again on shelves during to raise funds for the Boys & Girls Club of Ottawa! Erik Karlsson teamed up with us to raise money for each pound of his coffee we were able to roast. Karlsson and fans aptly defended their showing from last year, once again raising over $11,000 to help more kids in the program.

Hidden Harvest

July 2014 – October 2014

The Bridgehead community raised over $3,700 for Hidden Harvest Ottawa with sales of the Hidden Harvest blend. This group searches for the often unused urban harvest - finding fruits and nuts growing in and around the city normally forgotten about. Hidden Harvest harvests this food that would otherwise go to waste and donates much of the food to local food agencies.

Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa

Erik Karlsson, Tracey Clark and Ian Clark doing a coffee tasting

November 2013 – February 2014

The Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa is a great, safe space for kids to go after school! They get exercise, time with friends, and help with homework in their homework club. Erik Karlsson worked with us on a coffee known as "EK #65". For every pound we roasted $2 was given to the Boys & Girls Club - and this ended up being over $11,000 in support of those kids!

Grower’s Project Helping Guatemalan Farmers

November 2012 – April 2013

For this Growers’ Project we selected two microlots harvested at high altitude by the CODECH cooperative in Huehuetenango, Guatemala. The blend, which offered a roasted nut and cocoa flavour, was chosen for competition by one of our baristas in the final round of the 2012 Canadian Barista Championship! It was also one of the coffees used in the Winterbrewed Beer, created by Beau’s Brewery in Vankleek Hill. We held the launch party for the beer at our Roastery, which raised $400 for CODECH. Our final donation total, including coffee sales, was $8,400. 


Growing Up Organic Blend Still Growing

May 2011 – October 2011

Once again, Bridgehead dedicated its fundraiser blend to the Growing Up Organic program, which is committed to teaching schoolchildren about the importance of organic farming. As in past years, a portion of the money went towards the creation and harvest of six organic vegetable gardens in the neighbourhoods of our stores.

In addition, a share of the money raised was donated to Songberry Farm, a local organic farm in Bristol, Quebéc run by Rob Wallbridge and his wife, Julie. They’ve been farming there since 2003 and--with their growing family-- now grow over 200 varieties of organic vegetables. Bridgehead buys produce such as zucchini, squash, tomatoes and fresh basil from them on a regular basis to use in our sandwiches and salads. The money was donated to this local farm so they could expand their business by building a packing shed and washing station

A team of six Bridgehead staff members also went out to the farm for an afternoon at the end of September to help with the squash harvest. They had a great time picking, gathering, loading and unloading all sorts of squash with Rob!


Nicaraguan Earthquake

April 2011

In August 2010, a devastating earthquake hit the municipality of Pueblo Colorado in Nicaragua, affecting a community of 240 people and the small-scale coffee growing farms nearby. While the families that were affected are not part of the two co-ops we purchase our coffee from, they do fall under the large Prodecoop umbrella co-op, which we buy from as well.
While temporary shelters were built for the families, there was little to no drinking water, basic food, clothing, blankets, or other necessities. The power supply was also affected by the earthquake, and of course the damage to their crops was irreparable. This reduced production meant that at their time of need, these farmers were not sure if they would even have a profitable harvest for the year.
In an effort to help out, Bridgehead donated $10,000 to these farmers last fall. It was calculated that in order to rebuild their communities, they would need to raise about $426,000. This would cover their immediate needs of food, water and basic supplies and also contribute to the purchase of a new parcel of land, as well as the construction of  32 new homes, 7 kilometres of roads and the a new well for the community. 

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