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SUSTAINABLE HARVEST INTERNATIONAL
September 12, 2013

Since 2008 I have made 10 trips to visit family farms and in some cases, live in the homes with the families: 5 as a Board member visiting farms in all 4 countries and 5 as a volunteer visiting and working in farming communities around Trinidad, Honduras. Each time I have come away deeply impressed with the dedication and sensitivity of the field trainers and the pride and motivation of the farming families. I see the sense of empowerment as they chose to learn new more environmentally-friendly and healthy alternatives to slash-and-burn agriculture and to plant a variety of vegetables that they previously had to buy -- when they had the money to do so. The progress in the communities which I visit each year with a group from Washington DC has been astounding. There are productive gardens near the homes; there are fields with basic crops (corn and beans), a huge variety of vegetables and herbs, and "forest gardens" where mahogany and coffee plants shade smaller crops like ginger.

I wish I could take everyone interested in SHI to meet Don Noe of La Majada. Noe farms less than two acres, but he is so proud of the crops he is harvesting. His land even yields coffee seedlings which he can sell for a good price to nearby large-scale coffee growers. Photos of Noe show such happy eyes and broad smile!

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

Hope they could expand the number of groups (garden, birding, church) that support their work and visit to see good work what they are supporting. Hope they could find more ways to publicize their work. Hope they find ways to respond to requests that they work in other communities and other countries.

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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
December 19, 2011

My husband and I have helped lead 3 adult trips and 3 youth trips to Honduras organized by SHI. We have seen the benefits first hand to communities and families since 2006. As result, I am active board member and fundraiser and my husband is pursuing institutional gifts for SHI. We recommend that friends and family donate and come on trips as well. We encourage your support as well.

More feedback

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?

2011

MY ROLE:
Board Member

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