This fall, Field Program Director Elliott Powell took to the winding roads of northern New England for an important cause. Five days and nearly 400 miles later, here’s what he learned.
Originally from Colombia, Maria is one of three interns from EARTH University working with Sustainable Harvest International this fall. Maria is conducting her research in Panama. Here, Maria shares her passion for her home and work and vision for the future with us.
On a Saturday morning in Otoxha, over two dozen men are building a house in the diffused yellow light of a misty tropical morning. They’ve been at it since daybreak, and their work is nearly silent.
The materials are modest: a pile of freshly cut cahune palm for the roof, a stack of long rails harvested from jungle trees, and rough-hewn boards of emory wood ready to become walls.
There are no saws, hammers or nails. Instead, a pile of dark machetes under the overhang, abandoned out of the rain, and a community of men balancing on the beams and rafters of the house in progress, lashing materials into shape.
Have you heard all our carrying on about the upcoming Climate Ride from Bar Harbor to Boston lately? (No? Not even here? Or here? Or here?) Maybe you’re even a generous contributor to Elliott’s ride? (Thank you!) Maybe you’re a proud supporter of a local business sponsor? (Thank you, thank you!)
Or maybe you’re still trying to figure out what the heck Climate Ride is, why we’re so excited, and what it has to do with saving forests and ending poverty in Central America?
That’s fair, too. Just let us explain.
We recently published a post by Steve Richards about his time as chair of our board of directors. Now, our incoming board chair, Charlotte Dougherty, chimes in to describe her experience with Sustainable Harvest International and her vision for our future. Charlotte writes:
“On that first night of my 2011 visit, I listened to the laughter, squeals, and giggles of the children and their parents as we all settled down to sleep. I was witnessing real improvement, real change in people’s lives as a direct result of working with Sustainable Harvest International.”
In this two-part series, our outgoing board chair, Stephen Richards, and his successor, Charlotte Dougherty, shine a light on the past and future of our board of directors. In Part One, Steve illustrates defining moments and landmark initiatives from his tenure as chair. Stay tuned for Part Two, when Charlotte will fill us in on where we’re going next!
Steve writes, “Through my involvement with those organizations, I had visited and worked in over 60 countries and enjoyed learning about other parts of the world. Most importantly, I was in a position where I could have an impact on people in desperate situations.”
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.
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.