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Community Agroecology Network

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Economic Development, Microfinance, Rural Economic Development

Mission: Our mission is to sustain rural livelihoods and environments by integrating research, education, and trade innovations.

Geographic areas served: Mexico, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Costa Rica, United States

Programs: John Halliday Community Fund; Scholarship for Youth Leader in Food Security in Las Segovias, Nicaragua; Certification Program for Small Farmers in Chiapas, México; Mujeres y Maiz, San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, México; Youth Leadership for Food Security (central Veracruz State, México)

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Phillip P.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Moises Munoz Plascencia, while receiving my B.A. at University of California at Santa Cruz, CAN helped me gain the professional experience I needed to apply for graduate school. I attended weekly meetings and found that CAN is an organization with integrity and mission that I believe in. CAN generates relationships built on knowledge and camaraderie. I believe that there are many issues with the food system that cause suffering for many. I believe that CAN helps reduce that suffering through environmental education, participatory action research, and friendship. I experienced this first hand, when I went on an international Internship to the state of Quintana Roo, Mexico. In the summer of 2009, in a small communal jungle town in the state of Quintana Roo, Mexico, I was sitting in a half destroyed Spanish colonial house speaking with an aged Mayan man. The sun scorching above, sweat rolling off the wrinkles of the man’s copper hued skin, he tells me about his milpa—a traditional farming plot—and how his milpa is suffering from a recent drought. He asked eagerly, “En su pueblo, ¿qué es lo que siembras?” (In your town, what do you sow?). Bewildered by the question, I reply, “Nada. No siembro nada en mi pueblo (Nothing. I don’t sow anything in my town).” At first it was a disconcerting statement, but later the question bothered me, and forced me to critically question the validity of urbanization and other methods of “progress.” Now in the last semester of my graduate program I have used me experience with the organization to help build a network in my home town, Santa Ana, CA. CAN has been an organization that has offered prolific academic and personal experiences, which have reverberated and helped guide the decisions I make today.