In 1997, Florence Reed founded Sustainable Harvest International after living alongside subsistence farmers in Panama. Success stories from the past twenty years abound. We're happy to share some of our favorite stories with you today!
At the outset of this story series, we set out to answer the question: what sets the Reyes apart? How are they like other families? What makes them different?
We put this question to Encarnacíon (Joaquín and Urita’s youngest daughter) one morning before she rushed off to school. Though we had found a quiet place in the shade to talk, that didn’t stop Encarnacíon’s nieces and nephews from gathering around to hear our conversation. Luckily, Encarnacíon is not easily distracted.
“All of our children have their own aspirations,” says Urita. “Some want to study medicine, they want to make money. If any of them decide that they’d rather go in that direction, I just hope that they’d hire someone to keep working on the farm with us in their place so that we can continue on in the same manner that we have been working in.”