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Sustainable Harvest International

Rating: 4.98 stars   62 reviews 3,454

Nonprofit Issues:

Address:

PO Box 1447 (mail) 104 Main Street (office) Ellsworth ME 04605 USA

Mission:

Sustainable Harvest International (SHI) provides farming families in Central America with the training and tools to restore our planet''s tropical forests while overcoming poverty.

Results:

Planted 3.7 million trees Converted over 16,500 acres to sustainable farms

Target demographics:

stop slash-and-burn farming and alleviate poverty

Direct beneficiaries per year:

over 550 families

Geographic areas served:

Central America

Programs:

locally-trained extension agents who assist small-scale farmers and communities with the implementation of sustainable land-use practices by providing materials, tools, and knowledge to willing participants. SHI helps plan and implement alternative power projects such as biodigesters and solar-powered water pumps. SHI also aids communities by helping to establish community loan funds and farmer cooperatives.

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

This is an exceptional organization that has grown in leaps and bounds in the past 18-20 years, aiding small farmers and growers (and their families) not only with terrific changes in quality of life but also with improved farming techniques that better protect soils and surrounding forests. It sounds dramatic to say but I have been moved to tears more than once when I've heard the stories of profound change that have helped propel these villages and communities into improved living circumstances while simultaneously improving the ecology of the land, forests and streams around them. Sustainable Harvest is efficient in their work, they aim to educate and do so with humility and awareness of the existing community while supporting its autonomy as well. They deserve the highest marks for their diligence and vision.

 
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2 people found this review helpful

This is a terrific organization making a difference at the micro level with farming families in Central America and at the macro level with the enviroment and our planet. Farming families are improving their lives by growing more and more varied food. Better health and more income are the direct results. The sustainable methods they learn result in a significant decrease in the slashing and burning of the rain forest. Trees are planted to provide food such as fruit, nuts, coffee, and cacoa.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

none

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2015

 
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4 people found this review helpful

I love this organization, having been actively involved since 2004 when I made my first trip to Honduras. It is heartwarming to see the pride that the farmers take in the skills and techniques they have learned that enable them to produce a greater variety and more food for their families. Selling surplus produce helps with school fees for their children and needed medical attention. And their work helps us all as they stop slashing and burning the rain forest because they have learned how to make their land more fertile using sustainable techniques. Planting a variety of trees that provide fruit, nuts, coffee, chocolate and wood further benefits both the families and the environment.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

like to see the program expanded.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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2 people found this review helpful

Sustainable Harvest International is our favorite non-profit; the first choice for our non-profit contributions. The work of SHI preserves our environment, alleviates poverty, supports family enterprise and helps women become self-sufficient. SHI is efficiently managed and delivers huge benefits for every dollar it receives.

 
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2 people found this review helpful

SHI is making a difference in the lives of farmers and their families in Central America. I have had the opportunity as a volunteer to work with SHI programs in Belize and Panama, and the experience was life changing. It quickly became apparent to me that The SHI model truly works. I was so impressed with this organization that I became a committee member for several years, and am now serving my second year as a board member.

 
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2 people found this review helpful

I have been involved with non-profit organizations for over 40 years as a staff member, board member, board chair, and as a volunteer. I have found SHI to be a truly unique organization in a variety of very positive ways. SHI's small staff accomplishes amazing things.
It is addressing some of the most important global issues such as climate change on a local level. By teaching farmers how to grow healthy vegetables through organic farming, SHI is is able to provide healthy food for families and to market their excess crops thereby generating some income for their families.
SHI's 5 phase program usually takes about 5 to 6 years to complete. It is a comprehensive plan that produces outstanding results. An additional benefit of SHI's program is that, by teaching farmers how to grow their crops using organic methods, they no longer engage in the traditional slash and burn techniques which have been destroying the tropical rain forests which is a leading cause of climate change.
I am very proud to be associated with such a worthwhile organizations which has a record achieving outstanding results.

 
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Sustainable Harvest International (SHI) is an amazing organization! I have been involved as a board member and staff member of a number of NGOs working overseas. SHI stands out as an organization that works hand in hand with local farmers and helps build the local infrastructure so that local farmers are helping train and educate other local farmers.

It has a well thought out 5 phase program that results in outstanding crop production that does not deplete the soil. It creates a real win - win situation as the local farmers no longer need to use the slash and burn technique of their forefathers, which was devastating the forests. With sustainable agriculture, not only do the farmers have a broad variety of crops with better yields, but the forests and the many species who call the forests home, are no longer being burned. So SHI not only helps the farmers, it also has a significant impact upon the environment by saving tens of thousands of trees each year.

I had the opportunity to visit SHI programs in Panama this year and was impressed by the results being achieved. In one small village I saw many farmers graduating from the 5 phase program. One local farmer had significantly diversified his crops, created a fish pond, created a rice paddy, installed an irrigation system. He also installed a composting toilet and a very energy efficient stove. All this was accomplished with the advice and support of the local SHI field trainer.

SHI has a very small staff in the US so that most of the money donated to SHI can be used to support the local organizations with which it works in four Central American countries - Belize, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama. These local organizations, with the support of SHI, hire and train the local staff who then work with the local farmers. As a donor to non-profits, I want to see my donations having a real impact. With SHI, I am assured of my donation having an impact in supporting sustainable agriculture in Central America and saving the forests. It also has positive impact upon the environment.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I look forward to the day when SHI has the resources to expand its program to other countries and continents. I know from personal experience that farmers in many other countries would benefit immensely from having SHI techniques applied to their farming. Also, preserving the existing forests throughout this planet would have a huge positive impact upon the environment.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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2 people found this review helpful

I have seen the impacts of Sustainable Harvest International's work in communities in Belize and Panama. Not only do participant families learn to plant healthy foods in a sustainable manner--while preserving tropical forests--but they also feel empowered in many aspects of their lives. Women have noted that learning to cultivate food and often earn income has helped them take on new leadership roles in their community. Individuals who formerly had little access to education now have the confidence and resources to send their children off to school. And communities feel empowered to come together around any issue, challenge, or opportunity as a result of their work with Sustainable Harvest International. SHI changes peoples' lives and those changes even ripple out to impact others in the community for the better.

 
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3 people found this review helpful

Sustainable Harvest International (SHI) achieves remarkable results with a lean budget. Working on the ground in Central America, SHI helps poor farmers dramatically improve their lives using organic farming techniques, agroforestry and diversification of crops. Families also plant thousands of trees to protect watersheds and curtail erosion. SHI is truly a gem!

 
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3 people found this review helpful

Sustainable Harvest International is an amazing non-profit! SHI has tremendous positive impact on the people they work with. I volunteered with SHI and saw first hand how small farmers lives were dramatically improved when they were taught susatinable alternative practices to slashing and burning the rainforest. Flo Reed, SHI's founder is making the world a better place. I greatly admire her dedication and the incredible work SHI has done!

 
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3 people found this review helpful

Sustainable Harvest International invests in Latin American farming communities where both the need and the potential impact are the greatest. By supporting small scale farmers to improve productivity, restore agricultural land and forests while reducing negative environmental impact, the organization positively addresses the needs of both people and the planet. Sustainable Harvest International has developed a unique mission and programs that have a broad impact on the communities served, and are important to addressing global issues of food security and climate change.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2015

 
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2 people found this review helpful

SHI works to promote environmental conservation and protection by addressing the needs of people who depend on the land for their livelihood. This is an essential key to long term change that respects the rights of the people and empowers them as the best possible stewards of their environment.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Likely

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A lot

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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3 people found this review helpful

I have volunteered for Sustainable Harvest International as a translator for the past year and it has been nothing but a pleasant experience. They go out of their way to help me feel valued and appreciated and are constantly thanking me for me time and my efforts to help them out. Additionally, whenever they send me more material to translate, they are very considerate of my time and other commitments and are flexible with the time-frame in which I return the translated documents to them. Whenever they do have a more urgent assignment for me, they let me know with as much heads-up as possible and are even more grateful when I can help them in a crunch! SHI has not only been great to work with, but it also makes me feel really honored to get to work with and help out an organization that is doing such great, crucial work in the Americas. The projects SHI has implemented are key to promoting food security and more sustainable development in that part of the world and I am proud to support them!

 
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