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Rwanda Coffee Farming Program Highlights Land Trust Dinner

Jonna McGraw sorts coffee beans with her friends in Rwanda.

The Western Virginia Land Trust will present “Rwanda: Coffee Farming Heals” at its annual potluck dinner on Sunday, March 11 from 5-7 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Roanoke.

In April of1994, the tiny central African country of Rwanda was wracked by a devastating genocide in which up to one million people were killed. In the aftermath of this tragedy, sustainable coffee farming has helped to reunite the country while providing jobs and living wages to the people of Rwanda. Coffee Ambassador Jonna McGraw will give a presentation on how the land helped heal this war-torn country. Jonna works with Land of a Thousand Hills Coffee Company to promote the healing process in Rwanda and has traveled to the country. Shell have free samples and coffee for sale as well.

As an added bonus, the land trust will auction off a guided canoe fishing trip with noted local author and conservationist Bruce Ingram. Bruce has donated conservation easements on several properties and is the author of several books and numerous magazine articles. Visit his website for more information.

This event is free and open to the public. Everyone is asked to bring a covered dish and a serving utensil for it; WVLT will provide the rest.

For more information, call the land trust at (540) 985-0000, e-mail [email protected], or visit http://www.westernvirginialandtrust.org/n

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