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Ensuring a Decent Living for Coffee Growers

August 5, 2022

In one of the poorest nations in the world, where coffee is the main agricultural export, competition can hurt the small grower. So local partner Mountain Harvest is dedicated to ensuring that the 1,000 coffee farmers in their program are not only able to grow high-quality Arabica coffee beans, but that they receive a fair […]

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Culinary World Tour at the Frankenmuth Farmers Market

August 1, 2022

On Saturday, August 20 from 5:30-7:30 PM, the Frankenmuth Farmers Market in Frankenmuth, Michigan will be hosting a Culinary World Tour. Participants will sample a variety of delicious foods from around the world while making a difference.  Star of the West Milling Co. is covering food costs so that all proceeds will benefit Growing Hope […]

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Conserving Soils Key to Resiliency

July 28, 2022

Doña Silvia confirms that, as expressed by the subtitle of the program (“Somos Resilientes”), she and her family are indeed resilient. Except for her husband’s seasonal work picking coffee, agriculture is the sole source of income for the couple and their two children. But things weren’t going so well for them even before drought and […]

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God Gave Us Abundance. Why Do People Go Hungry?

July 26, 2022

We serve a God of abundance, a God who intends for everyone to “have life, and have it to the full” (John 10:10). The prophet Isaiah exhorts his listeners to respond to God’s abundance with acts of justice and compassion, including sharing our food with all who hunger and dismantling systems that produce hunger in […]

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The Uphill Climb is Worth It, For the Children

July 1, 2022

Marcos and Filomena work hard to make sure their two little girls are not among the 46% of under-five children in Timor Leste who suffer from chronic malnutrition or stunting. They only used to grow and eat corn and cassava, but have recently added protein in the form of eggs from the chickens they now […]

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Stronger Individuals, Families, Communities

The India Umsning program officially ended in June 2022. Has it been a success? Let’s take a look at some of the results and see. Overall, 90% of participant households have adequate food and improved their nutrition because of a greater availability of vegetables, fruit, cereals and protein. They’ve done this through dedication to improving […]

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Conservation Ag Outperforms Slash-and-Burn

June 24, 2022

Mr. Mumba is producing more vegetables in his farm garden with conservation agriculture techniques than he was ever able to with traditional slash-and-burn practices. And he says his produce is healthier, larger and tastier, too. For 12,000 years, humans have added nutrients to soil through ashes derived from burned fields in order to grow food […]

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Reflecting on Eleven Years

June 16, 2022

Jostled between Jerry and the cab window, I peered forward at Toni grasping the door handle to keep it shut. We were on our way in this sturdy pickup with its low canopy to a community that I had visited eleven years before. A new memory welled up with every bump in the road. We […]

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Conservation Agriculture Easier on Aging Farmers

June 10, 2022

Joseph joined a Farmer Field School despite other men saying it was “a waste of time.” He ended up mulching a small piece of land just to please the staff. And then … “I never at all believed in this,” he admits, but his mulched maize remained green even when the rains stopped. When he […]

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