Were You At The Asticou?

A lovely time was had by all at our recent dinner event at the Asticou!

The harbor glistened in the distance, trees stood tall around us, and the sun set gracefully as friends of Sustainable Harvest International—both old and new—gathered on the Asticou’s historic patio. It was an honor to have 12 of our board members present for the occasion—traveling from as far as Berea, Kentucky and as close as Mount Desert, Maine.

Steve Richards, Chair of our Board of Directors, welcomed guests and announced the recent recognition of our Executive Director, Renée Johnson, as an emerging leader, from InsideNGO. Congratulations, Renée!

Florence Reed, our Founder and President, shared a story about a recent visit with a farming family in Panama who graduated from our program back in 2008—a story that will soon be shared on this very blog! Stay tuned!

Among the many delightful guests present was artist and activist Robert Shetterley, who also spoke before the meal. Robert praised Sustainable Harvest International for being a model of how to engage marginalized people in bettering themselves from the bottom up—and for our focus on healthy food and healthy responsibilities. Additional praise was put forward for how we manage to do all of this without being overtly political. We were honored to have Robert there alongside the portrait he painted of Florence for his Americans Who Tell the Truth portrait series.

Guests came away with an ecologically packed bag of spices grown by farmers that work with us in Belize, a copy of our new brochure, a sticker with our new logo on it, and the feeling that they were (and are) a part of something good!

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