Planting hope beyond your backyard

Sustainable Harvest International founder Florence Reed. Photo courtesy SHI.

Sustainable Harvest International founder Florence Reed. Photo courtesy SHI.

Florence Reed was a Peace Corps volunteer in Panama in the 1990s. While there, she saw not only the ravages of tropical deforestation, but also the reaction of farmers who wanted to do something different but didn't necessarily know how.

Reed started Sustainable Harvest International to build up a knowledge base about sustainable farming practices in Central America:

Sustainable Harvest International’s mission is to provide farming families in Central America with the training and tools to preserve our planet's tropical forests while overcoming poverty.  SHI has worked with families in rural farming communities in Belize, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama since 1997. Using organic vegetable gardens, wood-conserving stoves, biogas digesters and a host of other projects, SHI's local field trainers work together with families, individuals and communities to restore the environment while dramatically improving their quality of life.

The title of this blog post is the title of a presentation Reed will be giving tonight at 7pm in Eben Holden on the St. Lawrence University campus in Canton.

Reed argues an ambitious agenda for sustainable agriculture worldwide, saying it can "alleviate poverty, reverse deforestation, mitigate global climate change, decrease illegal immigration, reduce pollution and much more."

NCPR's Joel Hurd will be webcasting the event in video live on LiveStream. So if you'd like to hear and see what Reed has to say, you can watch it at the Livestream link starting at 7 pm tonight.

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