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Giving Tuesday: Regrow Puerto Rico

Happy Giving Tuesday! If you haven't already, I invite you to please support an important cause led by four of my dear friends from the UCSC Farm Apprenticeship! They are raising funds to support a more sustainable food system in Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria. They have raised 75% of their $17,500 goal; help them get to 100%!

They write, "After learning that 80% of crop value has been wiped out, we think supporting our agroecological family in Puerto Rico is the best way we can contribute. We want to contribute to farmers, seed savers, and food justice organizers who believe in growing methods that do not use pesticides, that rebuild the soil, that attract beneficial insects, that grow healthy food, that believe that access to locally grown food is a RIGHT that everyone should have on the island (and around the world.)"

Please watch this video to learn more and hear directly from my four inspiring friends and fellow members of the Center for Agroecology & Sustainably Food Systems (CASFS) farm-ily:

Every donation makes a difference! Please also share the video with your networks.


Film transcript: "Somos Gaby y Crystal. Boricuas nacidas y criadas en Puerto Rico. We are Arielle and Fernando, future residents of the island. While we were studying with the Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems on the University of California Santa Cruz campus, Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, exposing its food system’s vulnerability. As part of the agroecological community in Puerto Rico, we are in contact with several farmers and food justice organizers. We are in discussion about the needs on the ground to regrow in an even more sustainable way. With your help, we are supporting a more resilient food system in Puerto Rico. Regrow Puerto Rico!"

Thank you to the beautiful CASFS Apprenticeship in Ecological Horticulture Class of 2017 apprentices for letting me film you during harvest morning. Thank you also to Green Guy for the photos of the damage caused by Hurricane Maria that he took a couple weeks after the storms while helping get new Tesla Powerwalls set up for folks in Puerto Rico.

Happy Giving Tuesday!