Nestled deep within the heart of the small coffee producing country of Burundi, on the border of Kayanza Province, is the village of Bukeye. Bukeye bustles with all the activity of village life and that activity spills to the very edge of the road. People sewing garments on foot pedal machines, selling beans from huge sacks, and repairing bicycles with just one tool.
Just beyond this village, down a tree lined dirt road, lies the Bukeye Washing Station, the backbone of Long Miles Coffee Project founded by American family Ben and Kristy Carlson. Bukeye is the first washing station built by Ben and Kristy Carlson, who see the potential of Burundi coffee and are committed to its farmers and protecting its beautiful natural environment.
TREES FOR KIBIRA
Trees for Kibira is a long-term project of the Carlson's, focused on planting indigenous African trees around every hill in Burundi where their coffee is grown, mitigating the effects of a changing climate and encouraging the practice of sustainably grown coffee. Their hope is that these plantings aid the health of the local rainforest, Kibira Forest, and the coffee-growing communities that live near its edge. So far, they have planted 322,000 indigenous and agroforestry trees at a cost of $140 per 1,000 trees. Their goal for the upcoming planting season is to plant 500,000 trees.