April is Earth month and the 22nd is Earth Day. Here at the Mudhouse, everyday is Earth Day. We compost, we recycle, and we buy Fair Trade, organic beans.

As stated by Finley Farms, “Composting is the most important action humans can take to regenerate our planet." Composting is the process of recycling various organic materials to produce a soil conditioner that helps plants grow. Here at Mudhouse Coffee, Finley Farms helps us compost our coffee grounds.

We recycle and encourage our customers to use our ceramics/glassware rather than take our paper cups to-go. Our cups are filled with our organic beans. Organic coffee beans are produced without pesticides and herbicides in a way that does not have an adverse affect on the environment. Traditionally, coffee crops are planted after clearing trees and brush. Part of the organic coffee bean movement emphasizes shade grown coffees- coffee beans planted under and around existing vegetation.

For our Mudfam, we all enjoy/love on our Earth some type of way. If the weather allows, many of us will walk or bike to work. We enjoy using natural, sustainable products and we do our best to support the local economy by purchasing from 417-based businesses. We also support ethical, fair-trade industries and companies whenever possible.

But, let’s be honest- our love for Mother Earth can be selfish. As Logan, one of our fantastic Baristas, puts it-

“Most of my goodness towards the Earth manifests themselves in selfishness; for example, walking, my heaviest exhalations are absorbed by nearby trees and grass much more delicate and fair than driving is to the earth, but the bulk of why I walk is for the psychological and physiological effects on my body, mind, and heart."

We love our Springfield community. We love our Earth. There are wild, wonderful, and beautiful places that could use our love. What better time to take a step and challenge ourselves to do better? Tell us, how do you improve our Earth?

As always, come get your Mud love, but not at night- our lights will be off. ;-)

Love,

The MudFam

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