Zimmah Coffee Roasters in Tasmania has donated BR$6100 (about $1600) to Project Wings in Brazil, the first direct donation from Australia to the project.
Wings is run by Pedro Gabarra Teixeira and his sister Mariana at Pinhal and Santo Antonio farms, where they rehabilitate local birds that have been freed from poachers. The donation will help them improve the birds’ installations, expanding the recovery centre and as a result, receiving more birds.
Pinhal was named the most sustainable farm in Brazil for 2019 by respected agricultural publication Globo Rural. Zimmah became involved with Project Wings through green bean trader Minas Hill Coffee.
“Minas Hill would like to thank Zimmah Coffee Roasters in Hobart, specifically Tim Clark, Head Roaster, who visited the farm and the project in 2019, and Dane Knezevic, Zimmah’s proprietor, who always believed in the project and its sustainable approach,” Minas Hill CEO Marcelo Brussi says.
“Another great example of a successful partnership between a conscious roaster and the the most sustainable farm of entire Brazil. Well done Zimmah and Fazenda Pinhal, Santo Antonio and Vertentes.”
Project Wings aims to reintroduce these animals to their natural environment. It is an initiative of two governmental agencies: IEF (State Forest Institute) and IBAMA (Brazilian Institute of Environment and Renewable Natural Resources). Pedro, his family and farms, and Minas Hill became partners in 2018.
“For us, it is a reason of so much pride,” Marcelo says.
Minas Hill put together the below video highlighting the Wings Project.