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  Sustainable Harvest International (SHI)

Sustainable Harvest International SHI is building a global network of local partners working toward environmental, economic and social sustainability. SHI facilitates long-term collaboration among trained local staff, farmers and communities to implement sustainable land-use practices that alleviate poverty by restoring ecological stability.

Smaller World Service Tours:

Our Smaller World service based trips offer volunteers the opportunity to truly experience rural life in Honduras, Belize, Nicaragua and Panama while making a positive impact on the global community. Groups and individuals that take part in these trips get to see Sustainable Harvest International's work first-hand while participating in a service project.

SHI facilitates long-term collaboration among trained local staff, farmers and communities to implement sustainable land-use practices that alleviate poverty by restoring ecological stability.

SHI works with local farmers, cooperatives, environmental organizations and indigenous groups that invite us into their communities. We provide these groups with long-term assistance adopting sustainable land-use practices such as reforestation, agro-forestry and organic farming. These practices allow rural people to raise their standard of living without clearing more forest.

The over 700 families working with SHI have planted more than one million trees and converted thousands of acres of degraded land to sustainable land-use practices, thereby saving tens of thousands of acres of tropical forest from slash-and-burn farming. Participating families enjoy increased income (up to 600%) from alternative cash crops as well as better health due to greater and more varied food crop production.

SHI is actively moving towards becoming a paperless organization, with documents shared electronically between staff and board. While we acknowledge the limits to operating paper-free, we seek to minimize our paper usage through using double-sided copies and scrap paper when appropriate. Letterhead, bulk mailings, newsletters and other print materials are printed on recycled paper.

SHI has recently established our first demonstration farm in Honduras, where people can see and learn about the sustainable land-use practices that SHI promotes. The buildings on the farm have been constructed almost entirely with local materials and local labor. SHI is also in the planning stage of building a permanent headquarters in Surry, Maine, utilizing low-impact building materials, procured locally whenever possible. The building will incorporate renewable energy sources and serve as a model for sustainable building.

Having carried out a successful biodiesel workshop at our demonstration farm in Honduras, SHI is ready to begin utilizing locally produced, low-emission fuel in our field vehicles, as well as promoting its use by others.