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Justin Trezza, Field Program Director

Justin Trezza

Justin Trezza

Prior to SHI, Justin dedicated his time to grassroots organizing and environmental advocacy with Greenpeace USA. A George Washington University graduate, Justin first got involved in the non-profit world in 1999 interning with the social entrepreneur organization Ashoka: Innovators for the Public. Following graduation in 2002 with degrees in International Affairs and Anthropology, Justin set off for the jungles of Honduras where he served three years as a Peace Corps volunteer working to educate and mobilize rural farmers. Justin developed integrated design systems such as biodigestors that utilized organic waste material to produce energy for cooking. In addition to integrated systems, Justin worked to implement permaculture as part the Protected Areas Management training program of Peace Corps Honduras.

El Éxito de Paz

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on Wednesday, 03 October 2012
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Perched on a hillside, the Paz family farm has a spectacular vantage point of its surroundings: the lush rolling hillsides of the small village of El Robledal, the coffee plantations nestled in forests of inga and guanacaste, the terraced farm plots. The farm is not easily accessible, particularly during the rainy season when monsoon-like downpours flood nearby creeks and create temporary waterfalls that rush down hillsides and paths. In spite of these hurdles, Jose Ramón Paz and his family see no challenge in the rain; only when the rains stop and the crops suffer.

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A Hammock, a Hut and the Laughter of a Dozen

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When I travel, specifically to rural locations in Central America, I understand and accept that one must abandon their westernized obsession with privacy and consent to the open, social lives of many rural families in Central America.  My evening with Pedro Xal and his family was no different.

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"Lin ka’ba lain Mateo"

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on Friday, 24 February 2012
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"My name is Mateo," he greets me in his native Que'chi language. Mateo Salam has the boyish looks of a gentle fourteen year old, yet the aspirations and vision of a Mayan elder.  Only eighteen years of age, Mateo came to the village of San Pablo after having completed his high school degree at the technical school, Julian Cho. Mateo was the first in his family to receive a high school diploma, and aspires to teach primary education in one of the many small villages in the district of Toledo.

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Welcome to the Harvest Blog!

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