Helping promote organic farming among family growers in Central America is the aim behind a 3-year agreement between Sustainable Harvest International and the Robinson Fresh organics brand, Tomorrow’s Organics.
In a press release, Robinson Fresh said Tomorrow’s Organics will help fund these efforts through an annual donation (of an unspecified amount) supported by carton sales of its organic produce.
Based in Monterey, California, the company said Central America is a region plagued by deforestation, soil erosion, and diminished economic opportunities, but one in which Sustainable Harvest International “connects with families to implement sustainable, organic farming techniques to eliminate the need for slash-and-burn farming and improve families’ well- being.”
“Tomorrow’s Organics’ alignment with Sustainable Harvest International is an essential mechanism to bring about positive economic change to these hard-working but impoverished families. It’s widely understood that healthy, thriving rainforests are imperative to keeping the air clean and healthy for every single one of us, around the globe,” said Hunter Winton, general manager of Robinson Fresh, West Region. “Each purchase of Tomorrow’s Organics will help improve living and working conditions for those whose natural environments are compromised.”
Since its start in 1997, Sustainable Harvest International has restored 15,000 acres to farmable land, increased program members’ agricultural income by an average of 23%, and worked with over 2,500 farm families.
“While our organization is small, we are making a big impact in the lives of individual farmers and on the planet. We commend Robinson Fresh for stepping up in a way that most companies don’t—by using their profit for good on a global scale. We urge consumers to see the value of this charitable partnership and in turn, choose the Tomorrow’s Organics brand when given the opportunity,” said Renée Johnson, executive director of Sustainable Harvest international.