Florence Reed presents at i3 in San Miguel, Mexico
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Florence Reed presents at i3 in San Miguel, Mexico

Farmers Are Our Future (How Campesinos can Save our World)

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Climate change and loss of biodiversity threaten the very existence of the human race. While professors and policymakers in ivory towers study, debate and try to forge agreements, campesinos with little money or education are stabilizing the climate, bringing biodiversity back to degraded lands and feeding the world. Meet some of these unsung heroes and learn how millions more could join their ranks to become the cornerstone of a healthy planet and food system.

Florence Reed is an award winning thought leader and innovative practitioner. After serving as a Peace Corps Volunteers in Panama in the early 1990s, Reed founded Sustainable Harvest International, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing rural Central American families with the tools and training to overcome poverty while protecting tropical forests. As president of the organization, Reed brings people together to raise awareness about sustainable agriculture as a solution to tropical deforestation and poverty.

Tickets are now available on i3's TICKETS page ($14 USD). Tickets will be available at Tienda Tesoros in the Biblioteca and at the door for $250 pesos. This event is scheduled at 5:00 PM at La Casona (new convention center on Salida a Celaya).

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TEDxDirigo: Farmers Are Our Future
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TEDxDirigo: Farmers Are Our Future

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President and Founder, Florence Reed, is a featured speaker at TEDxDirigo this year.

Climate change and loss of biodiversity threaten the very existence of the human race. While professors and policymakers in ivory towers study, debate, and try to forge agreements, campesinos with little money or education are stabilizing the climate, bringing biodiversity back to degraded lands, and feeding the world. Meet some of these unsung heroes and learn how millions more could join their ranks to become the cornerstone of environmental, economic and social sustainability.

General admission is $100. For tickets click here.

Ideas are powerful, but we can’t stop there. Inspiration and hope won’t get us far unless we take action.

TEDxDirigo RISE will give us the substance and the space to think about what’s important to each of us – and what we can do about it.

This Fall, we ask you to Rise with us at the State Theatre on November 4th.

Attending TEDxDirigo RISE includes:

  • Seeing 12+ live storytellers and performers
  • Snacks + drinks during breaks and reception
  • Connecting with other curious, engaged, and passionate people
  • Surprises!
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Florence Reed presents at National Bioneers Conference
to Oct 22

Florence Reed presents at National Bioneers Conference

International Agro-Ecology: Restoring Ecosystems and Local Economies
Two leaders in the field of agroecology vividly show how agriculture can be transformed into a powerful force to heal the biosphere, mitigate climate disruption and create prosperous local communities. With: Florence Reed, founder of Sustainable Harvest International, which helps thousands of farmers convert from destructive slash-and-burn farming to organic practices in Central America; Miguel Altieri, a professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences at UC Berkeley, one of the world’s leading experts in agroecology. Hosted by Arty Mangan, Director of Bioneers’ Restorative Food Systems Program.

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8:00 PM20:00

Florence Reed at the Nantucket Atheneum

Lecture: Florence Reed, Sustainable Harvest International

Sustainable Harvest International was created based on the fact that environmental degradation and rural poverty are unavoidably linked. Since 1997, Sustainable Harvest International has provided local, long-term technical assistance and training to rural farming families in Central America.

The nonprofit's model equips and empowers low-income farmers with the resources to implement alternatives to slash-and-burn agriculture, sustain the land for future generations of farmers, halt tropical deforestation, and build strong, self-supporting communities through agribusiness.

Florence Reed, who founded Sustainable Harvest, will discuss the organization's methods and the impact they are having in the lives of thousands of Central American farmers.

Great Hall. Free admission.

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to Sep 12

Climate Ride: Bar Harbor to Boston

If you love Sustainable Harvest International, sustainable living, getting active, and supporting wonderful causes, please consider joining our Climate Ride team.

Sustainable Harvest International is putting together a team for the Northeast Climate Ride (from Bar Harbor to Boston). We’ll be sharing our mission of how we preserve the environment by partnering with families to improve well-being through sustainable farming. Elliott Powell, our Field Program Director, is our team captain.

We’ll spend five days cruising from Bar Harbor, Maine to Boston, Massachusetts. The folks over at Climate Ride even gave us a gorgeous preview of the ride.

Seem like something you’d like to do? Join our team! It would make us jump for joy to have your ride alongside us or donate to support our team. Interested in sponsoring our team? Get in touch.

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7:00 PM19:00

Public Talk at Downeast Audubon

This event is brought to you by Downeast Audubon. Sustainable Harvest International President + Founder, Florence Reed will be presenting along with a special video introduction from naturalist Patrick McMillan. Free and open to the public.

The common warbler in your backyard is a world traveler. Many of the bird species so familiar to us here in Maine overwinter in tropical countries like Belize—they spend time around both Mainers and Mayans! Deforestation and conventional farming practices in Belize and elsewhere threaten the habitat of these migratory birds and the future of our planet. But ecological farming practices in Belize can boost the songbird population here in Maine.

Since 1997, Ellsworth-based nonprofit Sustainable Harvest International has partnered with family farmers in Belize and across Central America to preserve the environment and improve well-being through sustainable farming practices that benefit wildlife instead of harming it. Join Florence Reed, Sustainable Harvest International’s President and Founder, for a multimedia presentation about the connection between Mainers and Mayan farmers. Naturalist Patrick McMillan, host of the PBS series Expeditions with Patrick McMillan will provide a special video introduction for the event.

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7:30 PM19:30

Public Lecture by Florence Reed at Linfield College

Our President + Founder, Florence Reed, will be giving a public talk at Linfield College, in McMinnville, OR at 7:30pm in Ice Auditorium, Melrose Hall. She'll be at Linfield College for the entire week, as a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow. Click here for more details.

Would you like Florence Reed to come and speak at an event? Contact us!

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7:00 PM19:00

Short Film Screening and Panel Discussion on Soils + Health

Food for Thought, Food for Life

How is the health of our food system connected to the health of our soils? We'll be asking this question and others at an upcoming film screening and panel discussion on Tuesday, November 17 at 7pm at the Colonial Theatre in Belfast.

In partnership with Maine Farmland Trust, we're showing Susan Rockefeller's short new documentary Food for Thought, Food for Life followed by a rich panel discussion featuring Eliot Coleman of Four Season Farm, Bennet Konesni of Duckback Farm, Katie Green of MOFGA, and Elliott Powell (our Field Program Director). This event is sponsored by the Belfast Co-op. There is a $5 suggested donation at the door.

See you there!

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2:10 PM14:10

Conference Presentation by Florence Reed at 3rd GRF One Health Summit in Davos Switzerland

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Florence Reed will present: Healthy Farms for Healthy People and a Healthy Planet at the 3rd Global Risk Forum One Health Summit in Davos, Switzerland. The forum attracts hundreds of professionals from across the globe, including experts in public health, veterinary medicine, agriculture, food safety and security, biodiversity, sustainable development and ecosystem services.

Reed's presentation will provide an overview of how common farming practices are contributing to environmental and social decay including poverty, hunger, malnutrition, illness, deforestation, loss of biodiversity and climate change. This will be followed by a look at the results of research showing the importance of a global shift to sustainable farming practices and finally a success story or two from amongst the 2,000 Central American farms that have participated in Sustainable Harvest International's sustainable farming extension program. The focus will be on the long-term, integrative approach that links ecosystem health, human health, societal health and a healthy planet.

Read the abstract for Florence's presentation here or a press release, here.

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6:00 PM18:00

Public Lecture by Florence Reed: Organic Farming to Feed the World

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September 24th, Shrevesport, LA Centenary College hosts sustainability advocate and Wilson Fellow Florence Reed

Florence Reed, president and founder of Sustainable Harvest International, will be in residence September 21-25 as a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow at Centenary College. In addition to workshops for students and faculty, Reed’s visit to Centenary will include a public lecture, "Organic Farming to Feed the World," on Thursday, September 24 at 6:00 p.m. in the Whited Room in Bynum Commons.

“Florence Reed’s visit will be an exciting complement to ongoing Centenary conversations about the challenge of living a sustainable life in the complex 21st century world,” said Jenifer K. Ward, Provost and Dean of the College. “Through Sustainable Harvest International, Reed has created a platform for linking personal service with global advocacy and action, providing an incredible model for our students as they work to discover their own passions and begin to think about ways they can bring about positive change.”

Read more here.

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