Grow Ahead Blog

Eco-shipping with Grow Ahead

Is this the same as carbon offsetting? Grow Ahead uses the term “eco-shipping” to distinguish our projects from conventional tree planting projects that claim to provide carbon offsets.  Carbon offsetting broadly refers to reducing greenhouse gas emissions or the act of storing carbon (e.g., through land restoration or the planting of trees), in order to…

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Observing Fair Trade Month, and why it means not taking the short-cuts

October marks National Fair Trade Month in the United States: a month dedicated to raising awareness of the importance of fair trade, and the promotion of buying and using socially and commercially responsible products. Despite the term’s ubiquity, its full meaning still eludes most of us, with the numerous fair trade entities adding to the confusion. What makes Fair Trade so complicated, and what does Fair Trade mean to Grow Ahead?

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Agroforestry, Cocoa, and what it means for farmers in Ghana

We can find cocoa in cuisines and traditions around the world. In spite of — or perhaps because of — cocoa’s widespread popularity as an ingredient and commodity, traditional cocoa farming is built on colonial models of extraction that exploit the land, farmers, and farm workers.

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Join Divine Chocolate

Tackle climate change. Revitalize livelihoods. Regenerate land. Plant a tree today for just $1. (August 2022 update: this campaign has been closed as the goal has been reached!) As part of a larger initiative to plant 90,000 trees in Ghana, Divine Chocolate is teaming up with Grow Ahead to plant 10,000 trees with Kuapa Kokoo,…

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Make International Day of Forests a time for climate action

Today, March 21st, we are celebrating the United Nations International Day of Forests. Grow Ahead and Fairtrade International are partnering with Kuapa Kokoo to plant 180,000 trees. You can also be part of this initiative and make a difference.

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Women-led Reforestation in Brazil: Trees and Supporting Plants

In Ceará, MST and the Central Cooperative of Areas of Agrarian Reform of Ceará (CCA) have organized several campaigns, mobilizing peasant families towards food sovereignty, agroecology, and boosting the autonomy of peasant women by valuing their expertise in the construction of knowledge exchange processes from peasant to peasant. Grow Ahead and CCA Ceará have showcased 5 of the trees planted in the Women-led Reforestation in Brazil.

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The Climate Crisis, COP26 and Small-farmer Solutions.

Grow Ahead and Fair World Project are teaming up as the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) kicks off to highlight the role that agriculture plays in the climate crisis and to demand that world leaders center the demands of small-scale farmers on the frontlines of climate change.

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Project Update: Guatemala, Colombia and Nicaragua

Grow Ahead teamed up with Food 4 Farmers to support three agroforestry projects with Maya Ixil Cooperative in Guatemala, SOPPEXCCA in Nicaragua and COMEPCAFE in Colombia. All three projects have begun activities from trainings, building nurseries and distributing trees amongst the families participating in the projects.

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Earth Week with Grow Ahead

Each year on April 22nd we come together to celebrate environmental protection and climate action. Let’s commemorate this day cultivating our knowledge educating ourselves about climate justice, intersectional environmentalism, regenerative agriculture and grass-roots movements!

We have listed some climate webinars around the world for you:

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