Caribou Coffee is an important crop in Canada.
But with the current climate, the industry has been under attack by pests, drought and other challenges.
The government of Alberta has set aside a significant portion of its budget to support Caribou’s recovery.
And now, with the help of a new initiative, a local farmer is hoping to build on his success.
The Caribou Farm in Chilcotin is one of two small coffee farms that were created under the Alberta Coffee and Agri-Food Program.
The other one, called Chilco Coffee, is a privately owned operation that produces 100 kilograms of coffee a year.
The Chilcots coffee farmers hope to build a strong business by planting new trees, planting more crops and using new techniques.
That includes using chemicals to help the coffee survive the harsh winters of the Great Plains.
“I have been growing coffee for 15 years and this is the first time I can say we have a viable business and a sustainable future,” says Chilca Coffee owner and farmer Ben Mackey.
Ben Mackey is a native of Chilkoot, Alberta and the owner of Cholkoot Coffee.
He grew up growing coffee and was able to build up his coffee industry after moving to Alberta.
His business has since grown to produce around 1,200 kilograms of Caribou coffee a season.
“We have been able to grow our business with the support of the government of the day and we are looking to grow into the future with our new venture,” he says.
Ben and his brother, Mark, were able to secure $4 million in government funding to help build their new business.
They were able the purchase land from the town of Chilkoot and started planting trees.
They’re hoping that their new venture will be able to survive the current weather conditions.
“It’s going to be pretty hard,” Ben says.
“I think the last couple of years have been pretty challenging.”
For Ben and Mark, it’s been tough, but they’re determined to get through the difficult times.
“This is a great way to bring back a little bit of our past, our past,” Ben Mackeys brother says.
The Mackeys hope to sell the coffee to other farmers, and use the proceeds to buy a new greenhouse.
The province has been trying to encourage the private sector to produce coffee and to plant new trees in order to support the recovery of the coffee industry.
They have set aside $3.3 million to help them achieve this goal.
The $4.3-million is set aside for two projects.
The first is to help establish an incubator to help other small coffee producers and growers.
The second is to establish an environmental assessment for the Cariboo Coffee business.
It will also fund research and development for the new venture.
“A lot of times when a business gets knocked around by a drought, it does a lot of things to try and find a new way to get back to business,” Ben tells CBC News.
“And it’s really important for us to get into the business of developing new things, developing new products.”