As the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day is celebrated this week, Grow Ahead, a digital crowdfunding platform that supports farmer-led climate resiliency projects around the world, is launching the Community and Carbon Initiative to give individuals and businesses the opportunity to partner with agroforestry and forest protection efforts as a way to take responsibility for their environmental impact and contribute to carbon sequestration.

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This Giving Tuesday, Fair World Project and Grow Ahead are joining forces to couple advocacy with on-the-ground work. Together, our organizations are driving forward the fight for farmer and worker justice, fair supply chains, and an environmentally resilient future. Join the fight for people and the planet!

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Campaign Goal: $10,000

Country: Mexico

Grow Ahead is raising $10,000 with FondoMás and impacto cafe for a revolving loan fund to support small-scale coffee farmers as they diversify into producing organic honey.

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I got the chance to visit the chakra of Raúl and Carmen Alanya Saramiento. Raúl and Carmen are long time members of the Peruvian Cooperative CAC Pangoa and Raúl is the Chairman of the Board of Directors for Pangoa. Carmen was one of the initial cooperative members to begin reforesting their land in 2008 and growing coffee in an agroforestry, or food-forest, system. They have an impressive 14 acre farm where they grow coffee, cacao, yucca, bananas, and fruit trees. They have a vegetable garden where they grow spinach, onion, zucchini, squash, peppers and herbs and they raise pigs, chickens, guinea pigs, and fish.

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Grow Ahead and Cooperative Coffees teamed up with Peruvian Cooperativa Norandino successfully to plant 45,000 trees, reforesting 45 hectares of land in Piura, Peru. The program is geared towards revitalizing the coffee production of families in Las Lomas de Palo Blanco, as well as supporting the conservation and reforestation of the local ecosystem.

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Bean North Coffee Roasting Co. Ltd., an organic and fair trade coffee roaster from Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, Canada, and green coffee importing cooperative, Coop Coffees, have announced regenerative commitments to support a agroforestry tree planting campaign in the Peruvian Amazon launched by Grow Ahead, a crowdfunding platform that supports small-scale farmers and climate resiliency projects around the world

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