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?Read More
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.Read More
Campaign Goal: $60,000
Grow Ahead teamed up with Communal Assets of the Lacandona Zone (BCZL) to support traditional Mayan agroforestry to boost biodiversity, support soil health and restore freshwater in the lagoons, rivers and springs of the Lacandona Jungle.
Funded February 2020Read More
Agroforestry is a system of land management where trees are deliberately planted with agricultural crops to emulate native forestry systems. Farmers and Indigenous communities have been planting crops and trees together in food-forest systems for thousands of years. In recent years agroforestry has become increasingly recognized as a way of land management that sequesters carbon…Read More