vegetable gardens

Hernando’s Legacy: How Future Generations Are Inspiring One Farmer To Change His Ways

Hernando’s Legacy: How Future Generations Are Inspiring One Farmer To Change His Ways

Thanks to your generous support, Hernando is transitioning to regenerative farming methods that will protect the earth and sustain us all.

Nancy and the Bank of Hope

Nancy and the Bank of Hope

Establishing a rural bank in Los Alonsos, Panama, didn’t just provide access to credit for Nancy Alonso and her community. The bank has meant more freedom, independence, and opportunity for women like Nancy and their families.

Carlos: A Man With a Plan

Carlos: A Man With a Plan

Ten years ago, Carlos Sandoval believed synthetic agrichemicals were the key to productive farming, but that was before he discovered a safer, cheaper, and more accessible solution. Today, Carlos dreams of changing how his entire community farms.

Part 6 Happy Anniversary to Joaquín + Urita

Part 6 Happy Anniversary to Joaquín + Urita

Piedras Gordas, Panama— 31 years ago, amidst the festivities of patronales in Santa Marta, Panama, Urita and Joaquín first met. Saint Martha, is the patron saint of the small town where Urita was born and raised. Every year, Saint Martha is celebrated on July 29, during patronales.

People from all over had come to celebrate, play music, and feast. If you’ve ever attended a patronales celebration, the sounds of salomas (Panamanian shouts), the colors of the polleras (skirts), and the smells of bollos de maiz nuevo (sweet corn tamales) will already be familiar to you. Imagine a town full of flowers and bursts of color—everyone wearing their best hats, blouses, and earrings, dressed to the nines (including Urita and Joaquín).

Part 5 Climate Change Comes to Piedras Gordas

Part 5 Climate Change Comes to Piedras Gordas

“As a farmer, one of the effects of global warming I’ve noticed is how this once abundant brook has lost so much of its volume. It used to have many different species like shrimp, bream, and sardines. You can see how low it is now. The life it had is gone.

So, what do I want to say about this? We’re worried. The challenge for us is that we have to care for the planet. This affects all of us—children, teenagers, adults, and older people like me…we’re all in trouble."