Harvest Craft seeks to equip, educate, and empower communities in developing countries through sustainable food production systems.
We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit that seeks to benefit underprivileged communities in developing countries by providing environmental education and communally based agro-ecology farming systems that will equip these people with an economic gain, while providing for their immediate physical needs through healthy organic produce.
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Without Walls: Community Programs
Where We Are, and Where We're Heading...
1. Vie De France, Jacmel, Haiti (Operational)
The egg hatchery community program here began in October of 2015. We have 500 laying hens on site generating nearly 3,000 eggs a week to employ 3 local members and feed the surrounding local markets.
An expansion on this project has been set to incorporate pigs and more employees throughout the Summer of 2016. A micro-finance and business class has been created in association with this project to empower 30 other women in the community to start their own endeavors. Funded by Harvest Craft.
2. Charlotte, Les Cayes, Haiti (Operational)
A community program was implemented here at this site back in November of 2015. We have 5 employees here and two animal production sites, one for pigs and one for chickens. A micro-finance program has been initiated in conjunction, where 20% of the funds generated from the project will flow into a pool that can be accessed to draw loans from by the community to start their own micro-enterprises. Funded by Mariners Outreach and Evolution Haiti.
3. Mt. Freri, Jacmel, Haiti (Under Construction)
In partnership with I Dream of Fish, another food sovereignty non-profit organization (idreamoffish.org), we have begun construction and the implementation of a another poultry-based community project.
This community program will employ 4 locals, produce eggs and chicken meat, along with a fruit tree nursery and bee hives. The construction began in March of 2016, and is set to be operational by Summer of 2016. This program allocates additional profits to a "Pay-it-Forward" fund that will, once filled, go to self-replicating itself into an adjacent community. In this way, a one-time investment, will continue to grow upon itself to spark empowerment across the region.
4. La Montagne, Haiti (Needs Funding)
This project will initiate in the Summer of 2016. An agro-forestry nursery, goat farm, and vegetable farm will be implemented here, again in association with a micro-finance program. The program is to employ up to between 4-6 community members, as well as impact dozens of others in the area.
5. Seguin, Haiti (Needs Funding)
Goats, Sheep, and Vegetable production is to take place in the Fall of 2016. These cool mountainous hillsides are perfect for raising livestock as well as producing fresh local produce. The market is in dire need of an additional protein source and we hope to fulfill this need in this community, as well as of course empower locals through employment and training.
...many more prospective sites and projects, but we need your help to bring them into fruition...
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Our Holistic Approach is...
Economic generation is at the heart of development, without it the cycle of poverty will progress. Our tactics involve a social entrepreneurship mindset. Bill Drayton encapsulates this the best, "Social entrepreneurs are not content just to give a fish or teach how to fish. They will not rest until they have revolutionized the fishing industry." Our hopes are to truly empower people and to truly dignify them with a job.
Environmental degradation occurs out of desperation. It creates a susceptibility to natural disasters, food insecurity, and loss of marketable resources for those who live in rural areas. When treating the eco-systems with care, they will then provide necessities crucial for survival. These practices will provide for immediate needs with a long term sustainable perspective in mind.
Ultimately, ignoring social injustices will result in the lack of knowledge in how to rectify them. We seek to train farmers in these underprivileged communities, along with educating humanity in how taking steps to heal the environment will break the poverty cycle. This education will result in job formation, food production, community engagement, and stewardship of the surrounding eco-systems.