Sustainable Harvest International (SHI)
SHI's mission is to "provide farming families in Central America with the training and tools to preserve our planet's tropical forests while overcoming poverty."
My love affair with the lorena stove (in my Peace Corps days) was recently tainted upon learning that these rammed-earth creations are not as efficient as they are cracked up to be. Sigh. But visit Aprovecho's website to learn more about appropriate technology options, such as next generation stoves, for developing nations. In their own words: "Aprovecho is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to living, learning, organizing, and educating, to inspire a sustainable culture. Aprovecho specializes in hands-on, experiential education programs for youth and adults." These days, groups like Sustainable Harvest International have progressed to using new designs, such as Justa stoves, that are better insulated.
I've been a huge fan of Story Corps from the start. Imagine how it felt when my friend Laurie invited me to do an interview with her when we were both home for our 25th high school reunion! We met at WABE in Atlanta. I'm so pleased to have taken part in this amazing project (70,000 participants and counting!)
This project reminds me of Story Corps, although it is just getting off the ground: "It's about love. It's about community. It's about healing." The goal is to create a collection of 10,000 photographs of "affectionately inclined people. My husband, 4-year old, and I smooched at the Duluth Art Institute on Father's Day. It was a trip.
Duluth Library Foundation
Hartley Nature Center
Sugarloaf: North Shore Stewardship Association