To REM or Not to REM?

To REM or Not to REM?

In addition to being a beloved alternative rock and roll band, REM (Ripple Effect Mapping) is a relatively new qualitative technique that we’re using to help understand and systematize the intended and unintended effects of our specific agricultural extension program (i.e., the ripples).

I know this may sound overly technical, but stay with me.

Ricardo Romero, Program Impact Officer, reports on the who, what, and why of a Ripple Effect Mapping pilot study done in Panama.


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Part 8 Building a Sustainable Empire

Part 8 Building a Sustainable Empire

BY MARIANO NARARRO, FIELD TRAINER

To me, the partnership between the Reyes family and Sustainable Harvest International is like a couple holding hands and walking together toward a common goal—a mutually enjoyable “empire.”

The goals of Sustainable Harvest International are wide and there are many branches to each of them. If the families I work with integrate the majority of what we teach, helping us to achieve these goals, I feel I’m doing my job well.


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Super Saturday at Oak Park

Super Saturday at Oak Park

We hold an annual Sustainability Fair on the Saturday before the Super Bowl, so we call it Super Saturday. That way everyone remembers when it is. It is a huge community event where we showcase our environmental efforts and invite people from the community in to learn about environmental stewardship and connecting with our local ecosystem.


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Robinson Fresh® Promotes Organic Farming with Sustainable Harvest International

ELLSWORTH, Maine – The Robinson Fresh® organics brand, Tomorrow’s® Organics, has committed to a three-year agreement with Sustainable Harvest International to help promote organic farming among family growers in Central America. Tomorrow’s Organics will help fund the efforts of this Maine-based nonprofit through an annual donations supported by carton sales of their organic produce.


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Taking the #PledgeForParity

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations says giving women the same access as men to agricultural resources could increase production on women's farms in developing countries by 20 to 30 percent. This could raise total agricultural production in developing countries by 2.5 to 4 percent and alleviate the hunger of 100 to 150 million people.

We see every year how access to agricultural resources help women. Right now, a third of our program partners are women with entrepreneurial spirits who are farming to help their families survive while achieving their ambitions and becoming leaders in their communities to help “pay it forward.”


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Part 7 In Goods Hands with Encarnacíon

Part 7 In Goods Hands with Encarnacíon

At the outset of this story series, we set out to answer the question: what sets the Reyes apart? How are they like other families? What makes them different?

We put this question to Encarnacíon (Joaquín and Urita’s youngest daughter) one morning before she rushed off to school. Though we had found a quiet place in the shade to talk, that didn’t stop Encarnacíon’s nieces and nephews from gathering around to hear our conversation. Luckily, Encarnacíon is not easily distracted.


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Support Sustainable Harvest International on any Climate Ride Event!

You’re invited to join us on any one of the Climate Rides or Climate Hikes! Sustainable Harvest International is now a beneficiary and you can join one of these incredible bicycle rides or hikes to explore beautiful landscapes and have the time of your life, while supporting our work.


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