Annual Report

       

 

 

 

 

EMPOWERING
FARMING 
FAMILIES
IN CENTRAL 
AMERICA
TO RESTORE FORESTS
AND NOURISH
THEIR COMMUNITIES.

Dear Friends,

On a flight to Honduras from the U.S. many years ago, I asked the woman sitting next to me where she was going. “Home to see my family,” she replied simply. I asked her how long she’d been away. “Seven years,” she said. “My son was three when I left to get work and send money home to support him.”

How weak I felt trying to keep up with the casual nature of our conversation while reeling at the thought of how hard it was for me to leave my young son for a week, let alone seven years. What would I do if faced with the choice of long-term separation or starvation for my family?

The conversation brought home for me the plight of the thousands of farmers who are forced to leave their families every year when unsustainable farming practices no longer offer a way to survive in their communities. It added another reason why I am proud to be one of the many people making SHI’s work possible.

When I think of my friend on the plane and all of the families separated by economic necessity, I also think of Leonardo Rodriguez, featured in this annual report. I think of all of the other SHI families learning how to work together for a dignified life in their own rural communities. I hope you will too!

With gratitude from SHI’s Executive Director, Renée Johnson, staff, Board and myself,

 
 
 

Florence Reed
President and Founder


LEONARDO SEES HIS FAMILY'S FUTURE IN HONDURAS

Leonardo Rodriguez lives in Mogotes, Honduras with his wife and two sons. With the support and encouragement of SHI and field trainer Victor Castillo, Leonardo has decided not to attempt to return to the U.S. but to continue seeking opportunities through his land in Mogotes. 

"I was in the US for almost four years. Then I said, you know what? I have some money now and I am going to work in my own country. But, by the time I got home to Honduras, I didn’t even have enough money to buy a soda—everything was gone. I wanted to leave right away and return to the US because without money no one can work here. Then SHI field trainers came to the farm and encouraged me [to make my own farm profitable]. It was great. We started with a garden and we have been working together ever since."

Now in Phase 4 of our program, Leonardo and his family cultivate yuca, peppers, cabbage, cucumbers, onion cilantro, papaya, and much more on their land. In the past year, they generated $700 from the sale of their produce. In rural areas like Mogotes, 54% of households live in extreme poverty with incomes of less than $1.25 a day or roughly $500 a year. Increasing income from their farm and the ability to grow most of their own food allows farmers like Leonardo to stay with their families instead of seeking work elsewhere.


CONSOLIDATED INCOME & EXPENSES FOR THE YEAR ENDED JUNE 30, 2014


WE ARE DEEPLY GRATEFUL TO ALL OF THE INDIVIDUALS AND INSTITUTIONAL PARTNERS WHO SUPPORTED RURAL FARMING FAMILIES IN CENTRAL AMERICA. YOUR GENEROUS DONATIONS HAVE LED TO THE CONTINUED SUCCESS OF OUR PROGRAMS, ENSURING A HEALTHIER FUTURE FOR THE PLANET AND ITS PEOPLE. 

SUCCESS COULD NOT BE POSSIBLE WITHOUT YOU.

RAINFOREST LEADERS

JAGUAR: $50,000+

Roger I. and Ruth B. MacFarlane Foundation • Alfred Schwendtner • Cyrus & Barbara Sweet

OCELOT: $20,000-$49,999

American Forests • Melza M. and Frank T. Barr Foundation • Terence Barr & Marilyn Beach • Bruce Berlin • Ted & Susan Blood/Robert and Margaret Thomas Fund #2 • Fairfield Country Day School, CT • The Betty & Wes Foster Family Foundation • Ivor & Barbara Freeman • GreenBar Craft Distillery • John & Ruth Harris • William & Janet Jackson • Laurence W. Levine Foundation • Papacito Foundation • South Church, Portsmouth, NH • St. Paul's School, Concord, NH • Swift Foundation • The WaterWheel Foundation • Wallace Genetic Foundation

SPIDER MONKEY: $10,000-$19,999

Anonymous (2) • Alice Lawrence Foundation • William M. Backer Foundation • Barbara Carpenter • Thomas & Patience Chamberlin/The George Merck Fund of the • New Hampshire Charitable Foundation • Geoffrey Clark & Martha Fuller Clark • Robert Sprafkin & Martha Copithorne • Julia Farwell-Clay • Frees Foundation • Charles & Merry Gerber • William & Jean Graustein • Tom Wilson & Cynthia Hermes • Nell Newman Foundation • Alison Smith • St. Paul's Newman Center, Laramie, WY • Symphasis/Sustainable Harvest Switzerland • The University of Texas at Austin • The Penates Foundation

TOUCAN: $5,000-$9,999

Anonymous (2) • Anonymous Fund of Community Foundation Sonoma County, CA • Peter Backman & Annie Christopher Fund of the Vermont Community Foundation • C. Austin & Meg Buck • CREDO Mobile • Debley Family Foundation • Margaret de Rivera & Rufus Wanning* • EarthShare • Emma M. Kelly Charitable Trust • Mark Underberg & Diane Englander • Ladnor & Shirley Geissinger • Hancock UCC, Lexington, MA • Scott & Kristine Hankins • Harvest for the Hungry Garden • Samuel & Louisa Kaymen • Cornelia Kittredge • Marta Jo Lawrence • David Marin & Amanda Halpin • New Visions Foundation • Richard Pzena • Red Empress Foundation • David Schick & Sabrina Kemeny • St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Washington, DC • Taza Chocolate • The Bay and Paul Foundations, Inc. • The Trull Foundation • Townsend Thomas • Nora Tuthill

CHAMELEON: $2,500-$4,999

Anonymous • Jane Adams • Charles & Betsy Agle • Thomas & Debra Arter • Atkinson Foundation • Meg & Annick Berlin • Stephen & Linda Beste • Gary Boorman & Natalie Ruth Boorman • Rosemary Clark • Cool Works • Richard & Charlotte Dougherty • Earthlite Corporation • GreenCoast Hydroponics • Darrin & Greta Homme • Jeremy Hylton & Tara Gilligan • Estate of Mae Manney • Maruhon Inc. • Northeastern University, MA • Walter & Helen Norton • Hannah Popish • Helen Reed • Frank Reuter • Stephen & Judith Richards • Andy & Joanne Robertson • Robert M. Schiffman Foundation, Inc. • Lloyd and Dana Taylor/The Lloyd and Dana Taylor Giving Fund of the National Christian Foundation California • The Vose Foundation • United Church of Chapel Hill, NC • Wayne & Julissa Westerman • Dan & Beverly Wolf • Catherine Zusy

HUMMINGBIRD: $1,000-$2,499

Anonymous (2) • Ronald & Allison Alderman • All Souls Episcopal Church, Washington, DC • Rick & Geraldine Atkins • Melissa Barrett • Ann Baruch • Margaret Bau • Scott Harlow & Serena Benson • Arthur Bergh • Bethel University • Matthew & Barbara Black • David Blair • David & Nancy Borden • Laurence & Darlene Brown • Albert & Carol Bukys • Sulvia Burberry • John Campbell & Susanna Peyton • Christ Episcopal Church, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL • David Sielaff & Kimberly Christensen/Sielaff Family Foundation of The Seattle Foundation • Church of the Redeemer, Bethesda, MD • Martin & Lien Cibulka • Robert Cignarella • Richard & Laura Cioppa • Stanley Citron • Eliot Coleman & Barbara Damrosch • Barbara Currier • David Cushing • Dewoskin-Roskin Foundation • Jamie & Maite Dickinson • Philip Eliot & Susan Cunningham • Marylou Faris • Tony & Suzanne Federer • Dorette Fleischmann & Richard Viets • Mary Tyler Knowles & Laurence Flood • Margery  Forbes • Martha Foster • Betty & P. Wesley Foster, Jr. • Sarah Fraley • Jay & Mary Pat Gibson • Katherine Gundling • Jefferson Hall & Kristin Saltonstall • Matthew & Kim Hammer • Peter Harris • Harry & Mary Harwood • Fritz & Suella Henn • Ronald & Debra Hodson • Lola Horwitz • David & Janice House • Joe & Embry Howell • Humanity United • Douglas Kinney • William & Yvette Kirby • Kolar Charitable Foundation of BuckleySandler • Stacy Kwong & Marguerite Li • Sascha Lamstein & Vlad Selsky • Edwin Laurenson • Dick Leathers • Helaine Lerner • Oliver & Leslie Libaw • Gerald Lutes & Marsha Zellem • Kristen Maanum • Judith MacClellan • Charles & Susan Manker • Jeffrey Mather & Lisa Rochenmacher • Henry McEuen • Marc & Laura McKenna • Katherine McLeod • Mary McMillan • Bruce Merrill • Jordan Meyer • Harvey L. Miller Family Foundation • Stephen & Rebecca Milliken • Kenneth  Neidorf • Robert & Diane Nicholls • Nena Norton • Oak Park • Unified School District, CA • Clayton & Carolyn Panlaqui • Joan Pratt • Kevin Richter • Sydney Roberts Rockefeller • Rosenbluth Family Foundation • Beverly Sanders • Jacob & Katherine Sapiro • Peter & Daphne Schwab • K. Edward & Noreen O'Meara Shanbacker • Sharp-Zillig Foundation • Charles & Marilyn Shaver • David Shaw • Robert & Martha Sheridan • John Shonle & Shirley Smith • St. Columba's Episcopal Church, DC • Superior Nut Company • The Lane Construction Corporation • The Robert H. and Anita Q. Lawe Foundation • Unitarian Universalist Church of Ellsworth, ME • Christiaan & Cody Van Heerden • Rachel Van Wingen • Roy & Maureen Vandiver • Jacob & Risa Vergara • Heather Wood • Seth Yentes • Zed Communications


MATCHING GIFT COMPANIES

Apple Matching Gifts Program • Goldman, Sachs & Co. Matching Gift Program • The PEW Charitable Trusts' Matching Gifts Program

GIFTS IN HONOR

Collie  & Betsy Agle (3) • Fred Andes • Melissa Barrett • Caribbean School • Diana Cate & Kay Wilkins (4) • Martha Copithorne • Ivor Freeman • Ari & Deborah Halberstadt • William & Janet Jackson • Beatrice Lewis • Walter & Helen Norton • Cynthia Perkins (2) • Peter & Daphne Schwab • Barbara Sweet • Sterling & Elizabeth Tomkins • Marianne Vandiver

GIFTS IN MEMORY

Heidi Egli-Mader • John Kittredge (6) • Jessica Nixon (2) • Deborah Pulliam • Carol Ritter • Gerald Robbins • Nathan Ross Souliere • Rufus Wanning (2) • Bill and Steve Woods

GIFTS IN KIND

August Moon Catering • Blackbaud • Sarah Clemens • Michael & Nancy Cohen • Meredith Cornett • Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott • Full Circle Printing Solutions • Google AdWords • Hartford Marriott Downtown • Leonard Seagren • The Point • The Westin Atlanta Airport • Steve & Joy Urban • WERU-FM Salt Pond Community Broadcasting


THE LEGACY SOCIETY RECOGNIZES DONORS WHO HAVE DOCUMENTED PROVISIONS FOR SUSTAINABLE HARVEST INTERNATIONAL IN THEIR ESTATE PLANS. 

IF YOU HAVE INCLUDED SHI IN YOUR PLANS OR WOULD LIKE MORE INFORMATION ON HOW TO DO SO, PLEASE CONTACT SARAH CLEMENS, DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR, AT 207-669-8254 OR SARAH@SUSTAINABLEHARVEST.ORG

LEGACY SOCIETY

Katherine Branch • Martha Copithorne • Alan Day* • Jeanne Fossani* • Ivor Freeman • Katherine Gundling • Joanne Holman • Nathalie Huitric* • Samuel & Louisa Kaymen • Kira Kilmer • Mae Manney* • Charles Merrill Jr. • Florence Reed • Helen Reed • Stephen Richards • Leonard & Diane* Seagren • Barbara Semrau • Henry Smith • William Jackson* & Suzanne Turley • Steve & Joy Urban • Rufus Wanning* • Mary Weitzel • Cheryl Wilfong

*Deceased

WE THANK SUSTAINER DONORS WHO HAVE CHOSEN TO CONTRIBUTE MONTHLY OR QUARTERLY VIA CREDIT CARD OR DIRECT DEPOSIT. TO BECOME A SUSTAINER, CALL SUSTAINABLE HARVEST INTERNATIONAL AT 207-669-8254 OR DONATE ONLINE.

SUSTAINERS

Anonymous (2) • Sue Angermeier • Barbara Appelbaum • Rutgers & Leslie Barclay • Ann Barry • Greg Basich • Susanna Beck • Lawrence & Mimi Larsen Becker • Meg & Annick Berlin • Ralph Blessing & Deborah Thomas • David & Nancy Borden • Deirdre Brown • Nikolaus Rath & Tanja Brueckmann • David Buckland • Betty Byrne • Michelle Carlson • Diana Cate & Kay Wilkins • Tonya Chaffee • Bob Champoux • David Sielaff & Kimberly Christensen/Sielaff Family Foundation of The Seattle Foundation • Rachel Cilley • Robert Sprafkin & Martha Copithorne • Barbara Currier • Rhett Currier • Breanne Duncan • Greg & Ginny Field • Allen Fink • George & Ruth Fletcher • Sharye Geiger • Arthur Giroux • Matthew & Kim Hammer • Scott & Kristine Hankins • George & Elizabeth Hawes • Paulo Hernandez • Claire Hillery • Randolph Brown & Diana Hodgson • Linda Huntington • J. Ann Hyde • Russell & Barbara Jabaut • Kasper & Judith Jonk • Veronica Kaczmarowski • Sabrina Kemeny • Kathryn Kollett • Linda Kollett • Heather Krieger • Mary Lamstein • Cliff Lazenby • Oliver & Leslie Libaw • Francesca Long • Kristen Maanum • Susan MacWilliams • Tracy Malloy-Curtis • Karen McElmurry • Danny McMurphy • Monica Meier • Jonathan Bender & Julie Meltzer • Samantha Meyer • Amber Moulton • Nena Norton • Whitney Oren • Brenda Peluso • Bonita Preston • Ron & Merritt Reed • Ramona Rubin • Patrick Ruyle • Anna Kristina Sawtelle • James Shelton • Robert Shetterly • Benjamin Sloniker • Daniel Smathers • John Shonle & Shirley Smith • Justin Quinn & Cynthia Staples-Quinn • Lauren Tonge • Mary Turner • Steve & Joy Urban • Roy & Maureen Vandiver • Guillermo Velasquez & Catherine Eberhart • Joan Weaver • Jane White • Zed Communication

SHI appreciates the hundreds of additional donors with gifts under $1,000. Unfortunately space constraints do not allow us to include all names. We make every attempt to publish an accurate list of donors. If we have omitted your name or made another error, please accept our apologies. Please call 207-669-8254 or email sarah@sustainableharvest.org to report the error.


FY14 BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 
  SHI's Board of Directors shown above visiting our Belize program in January 2014.

 

SHI's Board of Directors shown above visiting our Belize program in January 2014.

Stephen Richards (Chair)
Joy Urban (Vice-Chair)
Gyan Kanal (Treasurer)
Terence Barr (Treasurer)
Martha Copithorne (Secretary)
Betsy Agle
Melissa Barrett

DIRECTORS EMERITUS

Mimi Becker
Samuel Kaymen
Jeff Clark

David Borden
Charlotte Dougherty
Ivor Freeman
Charlie French
Carmenza Montague
Al Schwendtner
Townsend Thomas