Thursday, December 26, 2013

Happy Holidays from the Farmer-to-Farmer team!

Happy Holidays! During this season, we would like to take a moment to thank all of the dedicated volunteers, field staff, program collaborators, host organizations, funders and other supporters who have made our Farmer-to-Farmer Program a success.

Thank you and best wishes for 2014!

Monday, December 16, 2013

WANTED: Volunteers!

Partners’ 2013-2018 Farmer-to-Farmer Program is looking for enthusiastic volunteers to provide hands-on
training in various topics to individual farmers, farmer associations, agricultural cooperatives, education institutions and others in Nicaragua, Guatemala, Haiti and the Dominican Republic! We are currently recruiting individuals with significant experience in the following areas to travel to these countries for 2 to 3 weeks, with all assignment-related expenses paid for by the Program:

• Sustainable Production Methods for Vegetables & Tree Fruits
• Livestock Health & Nutrition (Cattle, Goats)
• Carbon-Neutral Production
• Beef Processing
• Cheese Processing
• Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) Certification
• Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) Certification
• Post-Harvest Handling
• Product Development & Diversification
• Packaging & Labeling
• Marketing & Market Analysis
• Traceability
• Fair Trade
• Business Planning & Management
• Organizational Development
• Natural Resource Management
• Climate Change Mitigation

Spanish or French language skills are a plus, but not required. If you are interested in volunteering with the Farmer-to-Farmer Program, please send your résumé/CV to Christine McCurdy or Andi Thomas along with a brief note about your availability and language skills (if applicable).

Thank you in advance for your interest, and we look forward to hearing from you!

Thursday, December 5, 2013

A New Take on Holiday Fashion!

Farmer-to-Farmer does its part to improve production and promote vegetable consumption around the hemisphere. Here in the states, Partners volunteers are also helping the cause. Long-time Partners Chapter member Theresa Lou Bowick, from the Rochester, New York - Antigua Partners, combines her love of vegetables and fashion to have a little fun.

In April 2003, Theresa Bowick first traveled to Antigua with Partners as part of a steel drum cultural exchange program. A skilled nurse, she quickly realized the need to develop and take part in health care programs on the island. Over the next few years she spearheaded projects in the areas of cancer treatment and services for people with different abilities. She also became involved with “Aim for Abilities”, a project designed to enhance the lives of individuals living with different abilities. In 2008, Theresa was awarded an honor by the President of the United States for her service during National Volunteer Week. Of this experience, Theresa commented that “the President reminded us that you gain by giving and volunteering can transform souls, both of those who give and those they help. Over the years I have gained wisdom, knowledge and understanding through volunteering.”

Recently, she has been promoting healthy eating and she has turned some heads in her collard greens dress. Collard greens are nutritious and can be prepared in ways that are low-fat and delicious. The dress was a way to get people talking and it has worked. She also wrote about her weight-loss journey in her book "Collard Green Curves."