This is a Story About Accounting

This is a Story About Accounting

You know how it goes. Sometimes, you start a project, and the project starts small. The snack bar operated out of a bread truck. The internet start-up masterminded from a dorm room bean bag chair. The nonprofit born from a diving trip and an unexpected gift.

Ambitious ideas paired with strong leadership have a tendency to grow. The snack bar moves into an honest to goodness building. That website start-up garners few hundred million users and moves into cutting edge offices in Silicon Valley. And the nonprofit, too, expands; attracting more donors (hello you!), planting more gardens and farms (hurray planet!), and working with more families (hello impact!).

Along the way, there’s bound to be some updating, and it’s not all trees and seeds here at Sustainable Harvest International. There’s some precise planning and implementation behind the success of our programs. That’s why this is a story about accounting.


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A Day in the Life of Heinert, EARTH Intern

I saw that the organization works with long-term projects targeting low-income farming families that need some support to improve their livelihoods. The organization works in 5 specific areas: agroforestry, environment, food security, livelihoods, and learning capacity. All of this while promoting organic techniques to improve people’s health and stop the environmental damages caused by conventional agriculture.


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Introducing Robin, our New Communications Coordinator!

Introducing Robin, our New Communications Coordinator!

Shortly after receiving an MFA in Creative Writing from Northern Michigan University, Robin McCarthy returned to Maine and joined our communications team. Welcome, Robin!

This week, Robin is in Belize facilitating a staff storytelling training. Following the training, she’ll be visiting partner families in Otoxha, Belize and getting fully immersed in our program.

While in Belize, Robin has taken over our Instagram. Follow her trip at @sustharvintl or #2016robintakeover


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Finding our Bearings

Finding our Bearings

The first time he ever used Google Earth, Program Impact Officer Ricardo Romero looked up his house and his street. “In that instant I knew I had a place in the world. A graphical representation affords you that possibility,” says Ricardo.

Recently, our staff in Honduras created maps of nine new communities in the Siguatepeque region (El Caliche, Santa Cruz del Dulce, Laguna II, El Junco, El Pito, El Sauce, Monte de Dios, San Antonio de la Cuchilla, and El Socorro de la Peñita) just starting their journey with us. None of these communities had ever had a formal map of themselves before, let alone a map at which they were the center.


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A Day in the Life of Abner, EARTH Intern

A Day in the Life of Abner, EARTH Intern

Because I was interested in doing an internship in forestry, I was hoping Sustainable Harvest International’s work would focus mainly in this field. However, once I started working with Sustainable Harvest International in Panama I realized that the work was very different from what I had expected.

This wasn’t a negative thing for me, however. Sustainable Harvest International’s work is about forestry but it’s more complex than just that. 


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It's a Wee-Wee World After All

It's a Wee-Wee World After All

"Although beads of sweat were running down my forehead and my jeans were clinging to my legs, something struck me in that garden. I was witnessing something magic: the beauty of so much experience and knowledge being transferred across cultural, linguistic, and political boundaries."

Field Program Director, Elliott Powell reflects on our recent All Directors Meeting in Belize


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The Boat Ride that Launched Sustainable Harvest International

The Boat Ride that Launched Sustainable Harvest International

One fateful morning in March 1997, I was the last person to board a boat and find the last open seat on one of the long white benches that ran down each side of the open skiff. As the boat pulled away from the dock in Bocas del Toro, Panama and headed for the offshore reef, I noticed the tall man next to me. From the clean, simple cut of his attire, I guessed he was European.

“My name is Dieter,” he said, speaking loudly over the roar of the outboard motor...


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