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j3D2003

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Review for Sustainable Harvest International, Boston, MA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I have been supporting SHI for many years. It is one of the few environmental organizations that realized early that environmental sustainability is tied to the health of soils which, in turn can give people hope for a better life. Improve soil health without harmful chemical inputs, and people will thrive no matter where they are. If they understand their health and welfare are tied to the soil and have sufficient basic knowledge and practices to be good stewards of the soil, anything is possible. Climate change could even be reversed if large farms adopted regenerative practices. The earth is abundant and can support all life if we learn the lessons of soil stewardship.

Role:  Board Member
 

Review for Sustainable Harvest International, Boston, MA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I worked for many years as a professional in international agricultural development. This is one of the few organizations that makes a commitment to farming families resulting in lasting sustainable changes and measurable impact on wellbeing. Bringing simple appropriate technologies to raise production and do so organically is a real challenge in Central America. Thanks SHI!

Role:  Board Member
 

Review for Sustainable Harvest International, Boston, MA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

For years I worked in Latin America with the Peace Corps on projects to help small farming communities improve production and plant trees. This non-profit was started by a former volunteer in my program who served in Panama. She has won numerous awards and they have kept true to their mission promoting organic agriculture, agroforestry and sustainable practices for the poorest farmers. I know in supporting this organization, I am helping people AND the environment which is not easy to do these days. They have a terrific staff and have made great strides in the past three years. Great organization worthy of support. But what have they done, you ask?
Here are a few of the stats:
Helped families plant over 3.7 million trees
provided long term support (average 5 years) to 1,127 families to convert from slash and burn agriculture
Increased average agricultural family income by 23%
Built many wood conserving stoves, water systems and latrines.

Role:  Board Member
 

Review for Sustainable Harvest International, Boston, MA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I was the Associate Director of the Peace Corps when SHI Founder Flo Reed was a Volunteer in Panama. She went on to do some amazing things. She has assembled a terrific board and staff that is dedicated to working up to five years with individual families, bringing them knowledge of how to transition from the terribly destructive 'slash and burn' farming to sustainable practices. This is essential for the conservation of forests, wildlife and water. It is also critical to the wellbeing of rural communities. SHI maintains low overhead, making sure that gifts and grants result in program field results in Belize, Panama, Honduras and Nicaragua. Thanks SHI for making the world a better place for all of us.

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

help it work in even more areas of the world.

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

Role:  Board Member