Local 4-H’ers Learn about Organically Grown Coffee at Blind Dog Coffee in Gardnerville


Youths from Mason Valley’s 4-H Homeschool Program visited Blind Dog Coffee on December 2 in Gardnerville.

Mark Berry, owner of Blind Dog Coffee, accepted an invitation from the youths to visit his factory for a tour of his operation, and the youths making the trip learned about organic coffee and how it is processed from raw bean to store-ready product.

Amazingly, Mark Berry is also blind. As a child, he developed cancer that threatened his eyesight, and by the time he was 49, what remained of his eyesight was gone. As a result, a portion of the proceeds of everything sold through Blind Dog Coffee is given to help fight childhood cancers.

Berry was able to show all of the youths that if you believe in yourself, you can accomplish great things. He is in charge of Blind Dog Coffee’s operation from beginning to end and, with help from his family, does most of the work himself.

The 4-H Homeschooling Program is thankful to Mark Berry, his family and Blind Dog Coffee for allowing the visit.

If you are interested in youth programming that involves teamwork and fosters a love for self and community, contact the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, Lyon County 4-H Program Office, at 775-463-6541.