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What inspires me

Being in nature and making a difference.

Ponte Vedra Beach, FL USA


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SUSTAINABLE HARVEST INTERNATIONAL
September 8, 2013

I visited some of SHI's Panamanian farms this past January and what I saw and heard was beyond what I'd imagined and very inspiring. One farmer, Demitrio Martinez, decided to farm because of bad experiences working in commercial rice fields. The first year he rented the land and started immediately with SHI-Panama. Eventually his father bought the land for him. Because of his experience with the chemicals in the commercial rice fields, he was quite willing to work with sustainable, organic methods. This was hard work since it meant working steep slopes with very abused soil and lots of insects and hauling buckets of water up from a small stream during the dry season.

His number one income-producing crops are greens -- which he calls mustard greens and many other kinds of vegetables as well. He and his farm have been such a success that it is now a demonstration farm, with many other improvements including a fish pond and rice paddy.

SHI's board was there to tour the farm and to attend a graduation ceremony for Demetrio and 35 other families. It was wonderful to see so many women and men with their families graduating and we had a special ceremony, lunch and musical entertainment to top it off.

It was a remarkable day and a remarkable testament to the mission of SHI - providing farming families in Central America with the training and tools to preserve our planet's tropical forests while overcoming poverty. SHI is making our world a better place for all of us.

Ways to make it better...

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

Expand its outreach to make more people aware of what its doing and how they can help.

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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?

2013

MY ROLE:
Board Member

SUSTAINABLE HARVEST INTERNATIONAL
April 16, 2012

My name is Joy Urban and I and my husband, Steve, have been supporting SHI for 12 years. I have been a board member for less than a year. We support SHI because their work benefits all of us by teaching poor farmers to raise crops in sustainable ways it restore our planet's forests and lifts people out of proverty. We have seen SHI's work grow and evolve to meet the needs of more families in Central America. When families finish working with SHI they continue to use what they have learned and to share it with their neighbors. The SHI model is very empowering, impactful and innovative. We're proud of the work they do and are glad to be a part of it.

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

Likely

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?

2012

MY ROLE:
Board Member

SUSTAINABLE HARVEST INTERNATIONAL
December 13, 2011

My husband and I have been supporting SHI for 12 years. The work they do is making a difference in people's lives by improving their nutrition and income and it also reverses the trend of deforestation. We share their passion for improving our planet and people and we know our contributions to them are well spent.

More feedback

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

Likely

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?

2011

MY ROLE:
Board Member

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