New ‘So Easy’ now

first_imgBy Sharon OmahenUniversity of GeorgiaTo make sure your home-canned and frozen vegetables and fruitsare safe and appetizing, follow the guidelines provided byUniversity of Georgia food specialists in the latest edition of”So Easy to Preserve.”The fifth edition of the popular book is hot off the presses,says Elizabeth Andress, a UGA Cooperative Extension food safetyspecialist and editor of the publication.The book contains more than 175 tested recipes with step-by-stepinstructions and in-depth information for both the new andexperienced food preserver.Andress said experienced canners need the manual’s informationjust as much or more than new canners.Grandma said what?”We’re trying to spread the word that home food preservers shouldnot be using historical cookbooks,” she said. “The Internet nowcontains full-text versions of the cookbooks our grandmothers andgreat-grandmothers used, like the 1918 Fannie Farmer Cookbook.This doesn’t mean all the advice these books contain isconsidered safe by today’s scientific knowledge and standards.”It may be safe to use your ancestor’s 80-year-old cake orcasserole recipe, she said. But that’s definitely not the casewhen it comes to pickling and canning recipes and instructions.Along with home chefs sharing their canning advice over theInternet, she said, this is creating food safety concerns incanning, freezing and drying foods.”The methods detailed in the new manual continue our tradition ofteaching USDA-recommended practices for food safety as well ashigh-quality finished products,” Andress said. “We want to besure home canners are serving their families the safest and thefreshest food possible.”The new edition includes information on new procedures notfeatured in past editions, including many more recommendedtechniques for home-canned salsas.”So Easy to Preserve” has these chapters:Preserving Foods: Differentmethods of food preservation, how they work, related costs andthe amounts of foods needed.Canning: The basics of canning,which method is safe, what equipment is needed and steps tofollow to ensure a safe product.Pickled Products: Ingredients andequipment needed for successful pickling, recipes for cucumberand other vegetable and fruit pickles and many relishes.Jellied Fruit Products: Jellies,jams, preserves, marmalades, conserves, butters, syrups, uncookedjams and jellies and products without added sugar.Freezing: How freezing affectsfood, which foods don’t freeze well, what to do when your freezerbreaks down and how to freeze more than 150 foods.Drying: How to safely dry foodsusing an electric food dehydrator, how to prevent fruits fromdarkening.”Each chapter includes a list of most frequently askedquestions,” Andress said. “There’s also a table of problems,causes and ways to prevent the problem from happening again.”The UGA book costs $18, including standard shipping in the UnitedStates. Order 12 or more copies at a reduced rate of $15 eachwhen shipped to a single address.DVD, tooIf audio-visual media is more to your liking, the “So Easy toPreserve” collection includes a DVD series.The video series consists of eight shows, each 20 to 35 minuteslong. Features include home canning of tomatoes, vegetables andfruits; freezing fruits and vegetables; drying fruits andvegetables; pickling; making jams and jellies; and a show devotedto the canned specialties of hot chile salsa, mango chutney andspicy jicama relish.Experts show basic techniques throughout the videos and explainreasons for modern guidelines.”The DVD series also contains a separate collection of 13important illustrated concepts and procedures to review whencanning,” said Andress. She also directs the U.S. Department ofAgriculture’s National Centerfor Home Food Preservation.Each DVD series costs $39.95, including shipping in the U.S.Order 25 or more copies at $35 per copy when shipped to a singleaddress.Ordering information for the book or the DVD set can be found atwww.soeasytopreserve.com.(Sharon Omahen is a news editor with the University of GeorgiaCollege of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more

2011 Gold Medal plant winners

first_imgFrom a black-eyed beauty to a fringe-covered tree, this year’s Georgia Gold Medal plant winners are earning their gold with color, deer tolerance and adaptability to poor soils. Since 1993, each year an elite group of green industry and academic professionals from across Georgia have select outstanding ornamental plants in five categories. The Georgia Gold Medal awards are aimed at getting deserving but underused plants into Georgia landscapes.And the 2011 winners, by category, are Black-eyed Susan (annual), Nippon lily (perennial), camellia (evergreen shrub), nuttall oak (deciduous) and fringetree (native plant).Black-eyed Susan For the annual gold medal, three black-eyed Susan cultivars were chosen: Indian Summer, Denver Daisy and Irish Eyes. Indian Summer has golden yellow petals surrounding a brown center cone. Denver Daisy has two-toned petals creating a golden halo around a large chocolate-russet center. Irish Eyes have bright-yellow petals around a green cone. All blooms attract butterflies.These plants bloom from early summer until first frost. Standing 24 to 36 inches tall, they are perfect for the middle of a flowerbed or planted together in a large group. The flowers make great cut flowers. Nippon LilyLiven up the winter woodland with Nippon lily’s bold evergreen foliage. Deer and drought resistant, its green leaves create a 2-foot-wide clump. They are similar to amaryllis leaves. Spring blooms are barely noticeable, but each bloom turns into a fat, bright-red berry in late fall, creating a berry cluster that contrasts with rich green leaves and the brown mulch of winter. Plant Nippon lily in slightly moist to dry shade about 12 to 16 inches apart. CamelliaThere are two great camellia varieties to choose from – Japanese camellia and sasanqua camellia. Sasanquas flower in late fall and are less likely to suffer from early freezes than japonicas, which bloom in winter. The sasanqua drops its flower petals individually, which gives it an extended display both on the plant and on the ground. Sasanquas are more tolerant of sunny conditions. Both grow best with filtered afternoon shade.Camellias will reach 5 to 20 feet high with an equal width. They are commonly used in screens, hedges or as formal foundation plantings. Flower color varies from white to pink to red (including mottled flowers) and includes single and double flowers. Plant camellias in the spring in a neutral to slightly acidic soil amended with organic matter.Nuttall OakOne of the many red oaks, nuttall oak is an important species for wildlife management due to its heavy acorn production. It adds 1 to 2 feet of new growth per year. It produces few surface roots and can be planted more closely to sidewalks, pavements and buildings than some other oak varieties. It grows to about 60 feet with an 80-foot crown. Nuttall oak can tolerate a wide variety of soil conditions including clay, loamy and sandy soils. It prefers acidic and well-drained soils, but can tolerate flooding and is moderately drought tolerant. Full sun is best for rapid growth, particularly in the first few years following planting. FringetreeFringetree is native to the U.S. from eastern Texas up to Maryland. One of the most beautiful flowering small trees, fringetree can bloom as long as six weeks in the spring. At the end of the bloom period, emerging lime-green leaves accent the snowy blooms for an impressive finale. It is adaptable to a variety of light and soil conditions, although full sun ensures optimum flowering.Fringetree attracts a variety of insects while in bloom and birds and small mammals when fruiting in late summer. It has a sweet fragrance and bears brown oval drupes that turn purple in late summer. It prefers moist, well-drained, fertile soil but tolerates a wide variety, including red clay. It adapts well to urban environments.last_img read more

Online Training

first_imgWhether they are running an independent business or working for a large corporation, pest management professionals (PMPs) know that time is money.For busy professionals, finding the time to keep certifications current by completing mandated continuing education units (CEUs) means finding time in busy schedules to attend classes, taking time away from work and possibly inconveniencing important clients.To help make scheduling less of an issue, a University of Georgia entomologist took his training program for PMPs and private and commercial pesticide applicators to the web. By offering a series of education courses online, including those for CEUs, Dan Suiter relieved the stress for license holders who are searching for continuing education courses, sometimes at the last minute. In doing so, he has also opened up access to training from UGA Cooperative Extension to many more people and significantly expanded the reach of his program.“No other state that I’m aware of does this for credit. It’s a good idea. They don’t have to leave their office or their home to get the education they need to do their jobs,” said Suiter, director of the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences’ structural pest management extension and research program on the UGA Griffin campus. “And the instructors are all PhDs so you are getting high-caliber, research-based training.”The webinar series has now been educating PMPs in Georgia and beyond since 2013. The technical side of things is managed by the staff in the Center for Urban Agriculture at UGA-Griffin. The webinars average about 300 participants but have attracted as many as 572. Since the program moved online, 29 webinars have been delivered to 4,700 people from 16 states and Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico, India and Afghanistan.“A pest control company employee can now sit in his or her office, watch a 55-minute webinar and get an hour of CEU credit,” Suiter said. “They don’t have to drive 60 miles to a class and miss a whole day of work. They can be in their truck, headed to a job 10 minutes later. And their carbon footprint is much lighter now. Individual companies have enrolled as many as 90 employees among numerous offices throughout Georgia for a single webcast.”The programs have included speakers from UGA and other universities in Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, Kentucky, Minnesota, Ohio, North Carolina, South Carolina, New Jersey, Indiana, Virginia, Malaysia and Germany. Government agency and industry representatives who have contributed to the classes have come from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Orkin, Rentokil, Univar and Douglas Products, as well as pest control industry consultants.“These types of webinars are critical for our industry,” says Freeman Elliott, president of Orkin U.S. and a member of the CAES Advisory Council. “We use a blend of our own webinars we produce, as well as ones like Dan’s, for initial and ongoing training. Whether a company has two employees or 2,000 employees, they all have the need for timely knowledge that meets them where they are. Most of the employees in this industry are route-based or are sprinkled across the state, so delivering knowledge remotely is a huge avenue for learning.”In 2017, a series of webinars geared specifically to the green industry was added to allow professionals who hold licenses in a variety of categories to earn CEUs online. In 2017, six webinars were held for PMPs and six for the green industry. In late 2017, Suiter turned management of the green industry webinar series over to UGA-Griffin faculty members Bodie Pennisi, professor of horticulture, and Shimat Joseph, assistant professor of entomology, who have run the program since January 2018. In 2019, 12 webinars for pest control operators and six webinars for the green industry are scheduled.UGA Extension agents, like Wade Hutcheson in Walker County, say the webinars are useful and time-saving.“They provide an easy way for me to engage with green industry professionals and commercial and private pesticide licensees and deliver continuing education,” he said. “The webinars are delivered by experts in the field and are full of current, practical, solid information, techniques and methods that contribute to an applicator using pesticides wisely.”The webinars are archived and are available on demand at www.gtbop.com for those who can’t log in on the day of the session. In Georgia, clients can also go to their local UGA Extension office and earn CEUs by watching the recording of a past webinar.“This especially comes in handy for those who realize they quickly need two hours of credit,” Suiter said. “If a county agent’s schedule allows, the agent can proctor the webinar and the state has verification that the licensee watched the webinar. The archives also can be used by county agents to build or supplement new programming. In teaching, tenure-track faculty can use the archives as fillers during absences.”Suiter set out to reach more Georgians, but the webinar series has attracted people from across the U.S. and Mexico. CEUs for Alberta, Canada, will be added in 2019.Residents of Alabama, South Carolina and Tennessee can also earn CEUs for attending or viewing the green series webinars. Structural pest control credits can be awarded to license holders in Alabama, British Columbia, Georgia, Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Nova Scotia and Labrador Newfoundland.“We’ve even had someone log in from Afghanistan,” Suiter said. “He lives in Alabama but is working for a contractor based in Afghanistan. He still has to keep his Alabama CEUs current.”last_img read more

Twenty-Year Marketing Professional Launches Firm

first_img(South Burlington, VT) Starr Jewell, a twenty-year veteran of the northern Vermont communications industry, has announced the launch of Starr Jewell Marketing Services, and a new concept for organizations needing marketing assistance. Jewell has partnered with experienced professionals who have their own independent practices brand strategists, graphic designers, marketing planners, copywriters, web developers, sales consultants, public relations experts, market researchers, coaches, and media specialists enabling businesses and non profits to find and work with the best talent available. Jewell works with clients to match them with the right professionals, then manages and oversees the selected team and their work. The firm will offer these comprehensive marketing and communications services to clients throughout northern New England and New York.For the past two decades, Jewell has managed client relationships for Paul Kaza Associates and Scuola Group. She has broad experience working with a wide variety of organizations, including The Converse Home, The Snyder Companies, Vermont Department of Tourism & Marketing, Fletcher Allen Health Care, Vermont Symphony Orchestra, Vermont Law School, Middlebury College, Kids Town, and the Alpine Shop.For more information, contact Starr Jewell at 802.863.7997 or starr@starrjewell.com(link sends e-mail).last_img read more

Economist David Hale to speak May 28th on ‘Crawling out of Recession?’

first_imgDavid Hale, a St. Johnsbury native, is one of the world’s leading economic consultants, with clients in the US, UK, Australia, South Africa, Japan, Hong Kong, and China, where he is chair of China OnLine. This is the sixth time that the Ethan Allen Institute has had the pleasure of presenting David Hale to the Vermont business and finance community and the general public, in what we hope will be the beginning of a series of such programs at the Sheraton Burlington.As part of the Sheraton Program on the Economy, Hale’s presentation is entitled: “Crawling out of Recession? America’s Next Two Years”It will be held Thursday, May 28, 2009 at the Diamond Ballroom –  Sheraton Burlington. There will be a social (half) hour at 5 pm, and the program will commence at 5:30. Along with the Ethan Allen Institute, this program is co-sponsored with the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce, Vermont Economic Newsletter, and Vermont Business Magazine.Public invited – reservations not required.last_img read more

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters extends tender offer to acquire Diedrich Coffee

first_imgGreen Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. (NASDAQ: GMCR) of Waterbury, Vermont, has announced that Pebbles Acquisition Sub, Inc, a wholly owned subsidiary of GMCR, has extended its previously announced $35.00 per share cash tender offer to purchase all outstanding shares of common stock of Diedrich Coffee, Inc. (NASDAQ: DDRX). In accordance with the terms of the merger agreement among GMCR, Purchaser and Diedrich Coffee, the tender offer has been extended 20 business days (the maximum number of days permitted under the merger agreement) to expire at midnight, New York City time, on Monday, May 3, 2010, unless further extended. The tender offer previously was scheduled to expire at midnight, New York City time, on Monday, April 5, 2010. All other terms and conditions of the tender offer remain unchanged.As of 5:30 p.m., New York City time, on April 5, 2010, approximately 2,774,393 shares have been tendered into the tender offer and not withdrawn. The tender offer is subject to customary closing conditions, including, among other things, regulatory approvals. The Board of Directors of Diedrich Coffee has recommended that Diedrich Coffee stockholders tender their shares into the tender offer. Questions and requests for assistance regarding the tender offer may be directed to the Information Agent for the offer, Okapi Partners LLC, toll-free at (877) 274-8654.BofA Merrill Lynch is serving as financial advisor to GMCR on this transaction and Ropes & Gray LLP is serving as its legal advisor.About Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. (NASDAQ: GMCR)As a leader in the specialty coffee industry, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. is recognized for its award-winning coffees, innovative brewing technology, and socially responsible business practices. GMCR s operations are managed through two business units. The Specialty Coffee business unit produces coffee, tea and hot cocoa from its family of brands, including Tully s Coffee®, Green Mountain Coffee®, Newman s Own® Organics coffee and Timothy s World Coffee®. The Keurig business unit is a pioneer and leading manufacturer of gourmet single-cup brewing systems. K-Cup® portion packs for Keurig® Single-Cup Brewers are produced by a variety of licensed roasters, including Green Mountain Coffee, Tully s Coffee and Timothy s. GMCR supports local and global communities by offsetting 100% of its direct greenhouse gas emissions, investing in Fair Trade Certified ¢ coffee, and donating at least five percent of its pre-tax profits to social and environmental projects. Visit www.gmcr.com(link is external) for more information.GMCR routinely posts information that may be of importance to investors in the Investor Relations section of its web site, including news releases and its complete financial statements, as filed with the SEC. GMCR encourages investors to consult this section of its web site regularly for important information and news. Additionally, by subscribing to GMCR s automatic email news release delivery, individuals can receive news directly from GMCR as it is released.Forward-looking statementsCertain statements contained herein, including GMCR s intention to complete the proposed acquisition, are not based on historical fact and are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the applicable securities laws and regulations. The safe harbor set forth in Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, does not apply to forward-looking statements made in connection with a tender offer. Generally, these statements can be identified by the use of words such as anticipate, believe, , could, estimate, expect, feel, forecast, intend, may, plan, potential, project, should, would, and similar expressions intended to identify forward-looking statements, although not all forward-looking statements contain these identifying words. Owing to the uncertainties inherent in forward-looking statements, actual events or results could differ materially from those stated herein. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, the impact on sales and profitability of consumer sentiment in this difficult economic environment, GMCR s success in efficiently expanding operations and capacity to meet growth, GMCR s success in efficiently and effectively integrating Tully s and Timothy s wholesale operations and capacity into its Specialty Coffee business unit, GMCR s success in introducing new product offerings, the ability of lenders to honor their commitments under GMCR s credit facility, competition and other business conditions in the coffee industry and food industry in general, fluctuations in availability and cost of high-quality green coffee, any other increases in costs including fuel, Keurig s ability to continue to grow and build profits with its roaster partners in the At Home and Away from Home businesses, the impact of the loss of major customers for GMCR or reduction in the volume of purchases by major customers, delays in the timing of adding new locations with existing customers, GMCR s level of success in continuing to attract new customers, sales mix variances, weather and special or unusual events, as well as other risks described more fully in GMCR s filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the SEC ). Forward-looking statements reflect management s expectations as of the date of this press release, and are subject to certain risks and uncertainties. GMCR does not undertake to revise these statements to reflect subsequent developments, other than in its regular, quarterly earnings releases.Additional InformationThis press release is neither an offer to purchase, nor a solicitation of an offer to sell, any securities. The tender offer to purchase shares of Diedrich Coffee common stock referenced in this press release has been made pursuant to a Tender Offer Statement on Schedule TO, containing an offer to purchase, a form of letter of transmittal and other documents relating to the tender offer (the  Tender Offer Statement ), which GMCR and Purchaser filed with the SEC and first mailed to Diedrich Coffee stockholders on December 11, 2009. Security holders of Diedrich Coffee are advised to read the Tender Offer Statement, because it contains important information about the tender offer. Investors and security holders of Diedrich Coffee also are advised that they may obtain free copies of the Tender Offer Statement and other documents filed by GMCR with the SEC on the SEC s website at http://www.sec.gov(link is external). In addition, free copies of the Tender Offer Statement and related materials may be obtained from GMCR by written request to: Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc., Attention: General Counsel, 33 Coffee Lane, Waterbury, Vermont 05676.Source: WATERBURY, Vt.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. 4.5.2010 Vermont Bizlast_img read more

Vermont gasoline prices drop 2 cents

first_imgAverage retail gasoline prices in Vermont have fallen 2.1 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.89/g today. This compares with the national average that has stayed flat, moving just 1.2 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.85/g, according to gasoline price website VermontGasPrices.com.Including the change in gas prices in Vermont during the past week, prices today are 87.0 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 3.1 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. The national average has increased 5.1 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 82.2 cents per gallon higher than this day a year ago.About VermontGasPrices.comGasBuddy.com operates over 200 live gasoline price-tracking websites, including VermontGasPrices.com. GasBuddy.com was named one of Time magazine’s 50 best websites and to PC World’s 100 most useful websites of 2008.Source: VermontGasPrices.com April 26, 2010 – 30 –last_img read more

Utilities offer safety advice in face of high winds, heavy rains

first_imgCentral Vermont Public Service and Green Mountain Power are advising customers in the southern half of Vermont of the potential for significant wind and heavy rain damage that could cause extensive damage and power outages this evening and into Friday. Customers across the state could see scattered power outages this afternoon and into Friday.Utility forecasts include the threat of high wind gusts of more than 50 mph, combined with several inches of rain, which could cause significant power outages in the southern half of Vermont and eastern slopes of the Green Mountains.Utility crews are on standby and are contacting outside contract crews to ensure a strong response if the wind and rain bring significant problems. Government officials are also coordinating efforts to assure the necessary resources are available.CVPS and GMP urged customers to be sure to have flashlights, batteries, food and water available in case they lose electrical service, and suggested that friends, family and neighbors check on elderly Vermonters who may need help.  Candles are not recommended as light sources during a power outage due to fire risk.The utilities offered the following advice:Before outages occur, be sure you have a phone that is hard-wired and does not rely on electricity.Fill a bathtub with water before you lose service so the water can be used to flush toilets when the power is out. PREVENT UNSUPERVISED BATHROOM ACCESS TO CHILDREN.Treat any downed line as if it is live.  Report the line to your local utility and fire department, stay at least 50 feet away from the line, and keep children and pets away as well.If using a generator, read and follow the owner’s manual before starting the generator.  Never operate a generator inside any structure or near a structure.  Use a transfer switch to ensure electricity is not accidentally fed onto a line where line crews must work.Keep freezers and refrigerators closed as much as possible to prevent food spoilage.If power goes out, turn off all electrical appliances except one light so you’ll know when service returns.  Then, turn equipment back on slowly.Never use grills inside for warmth, as the fumes can be poisonous.  Source: GMP, CVPS. 9.30.2010last_img read more

Proceeds from 2010 Key4Women Forum benefit Vermont Women’s Fund

first_imgSource: KeyBank. South Burlington, VT , October 29, 2010 ‘‘ # # # ‘ More than 250 women from throughout Vermont gathered at Sheraton in South Burlington on Thursday for the 2010 Key4Women Forum. All proceeds from the 2010 Key4Women Forum were donated to the Vermont Women’s Fund.‘The Vermont Women’s Fund is thrilled to once again be the beneficiary of the 9th annual Key4Women Forum. The funds we have received through this event allow us to invest in programs throughout the state that promote leadership, equality, economic independence and opportunities for personal and professional growth for Vermont’s women and girls’, said Catherine Kalkstein, Vermont Women’s Fund executive director. ‘We’re so grateful to Key and to the women who support us by attending this inspiring event!’The forum, ‘The Customer of the Future: The Art of Creating True Customer Loyalty,’ featured customer service expert Cindy Solomon, president of Solomon & Associates Inc. and one of the most sought-after leadership and customer loyalty speakers in the country. Over the past two decades, she has helped hundreds of organizations build bottom line results by creating profitable, long-term relationships with customers, leaders and employees.‘We know that customer service can make or break a company,’ said Scott Carpenter, KeyBank Vermont District President. ‘Cindy’s presentation was both entertaining and informative, providing clear explanations of the trends driving customer behavior today and the need for businesses to adjust to them.’Lisa Ventriss, president of the Vermont Business Roundtable, received the Key Achieve Award at the event. The award recognizes a woman who has successfully led her business or organization and who has contributed significantly to her community.”KeyBank has a wonderful tradition of supporting women’s professional development and empowerment through its Key4Women Forums, and I’m honored to receive this year’s Key Achieve Award,’ said Ventriss. ‘I look forward to celebrating this distinction with the many talented and diverse women in our community who also strive to make a difference every day.”Key4Women is a comprehensive bank program dedicated to helping women business owners achieve success. It has lent $3 billion to qualified women business owners since 2005, and last year committed to lending another $3 billion by 2012.The Key4Women Forums, which are being held in 15 cities across the United State in 2010, are designed to educate and empower women through the insight and advice of a dynamic national speaker.KeyBank N.A. is one of Vermont’s largest financial services companies. A strong proponent for local economic growth, Key companies provide investment management, retail and commercial banking, retirement, consumer finance, and investment banking products and services to individuals and companies throughout the United States and, for certain businesses, internationally. The company’s businesses deliver their products and services through Branches and offices; a network of approximately 1,500 ATMs; telephone banking centers (1.800.KEY2YOU); and a Web site, Key.com, that provides account access and financial products 24 hours a day.last_img read more

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters holds 7th annual employee cleanup of Winooski River

first_imgVermont employees of Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. will sponsor and participate in their seventh annual River Cleanup event, in conjunction with American Rivers’ National River Cleanupâ ¢, a nationwide effort to keep America’s waterways clean. From August 1-5, employee volunteers will use paid time off to pick up trash in and around Vermont’s Winooski River.”River Cleanup is GMCR’s most popular volunteer effort, and one way we make a difference in our hometown community,” says Paul Comey, GMCR’s Vice President of Environmental Affairs. “Clean water is important for both healthy communities and a good cup of coffee, so we are proud to support the River Cleanup for the seventh year in a row.”The annual River Cleanup event is part of the company’s Community Action for Employees (CAFE) program, which allows employees to spend up to 52 hours a year volunteering for nonprofit and community-based organizations during normal work hours. During its 2010 fiscal year, GMCR employees volunteered 14,878 hours through the CAFE program.Over 150 GMCR employees participated in last year’s River Cleanup, and the group removed 130 tires and four and a half tons of trash and scrap metal from the Winooski River. GMCR employee river cleanup efforts have also recently taken place on the Tennessee River in Knoxville, TN, with additional cleanups planned for other sites beginning in 2012.This year marks the 20th Anniversary of National River Cleanup, which is considered to be the most successful stream cleanup program in the country. Sponsored by American Rivers, this popular annual event raises public awareness of the magnitude of trash accumulating in our nation’s waterways. Last year alone, more than 300,000 volunteers removed 1.2 million lbs. of trash from 76,000 miles of streams and rivers. For more information or to find a cleanup, visit www.AmericanRivers.org/cleanup(link is external).About Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. (NASDAQ: GMCR)As a leader in specialty coffee and coffee makers, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. (NASDAQ: GMCR) is recognized for its award-winning coffees, innovative brewing technology, and socially responsible business practices. GMCR supports local and global communities by offsetting 100% of its direct greenhouse gas emissions, investing in sustainably-grown coffee, and allocating at least five percent of its pre-tax profits to socially and environmentally responsible initiatives.  WATERBURY, Vt.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–last_img read more