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Regrow Puerto Rico

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Puerto Rico's agriculture needs urgent help due to Hurricane María. After close deliberation we found that cashflow for farmers is the fastest way to help them get back on their feet to start planting seeds that are destined to grow within three months. Right now they need the economical stability they had from Farmer's Markets. 

HOW WILL WE ACHIEVE OUR GOAL? 
We will distribute $1,500 for 3 consecutive months to 100 agroecological farmers and artisanal food producers which will be distributed though the Farmer's Markets in which they participate. 

We are collaborating with all the coordinators of the following Farmer's Markets. 
Cooperativa Orgánica Madre Tierra 
Mercado Agrícola Natural Viejo San Juan (Slow Food Earth Market) 
Mercado Agrícola Natural de Ponce
Aguadilla Farmer's Market
Mercado Agroecológico de Rincón 

WHO ARE WE?
Visit Rico is a non profit organization based in Puerto Rico and our mission is to strengthen our agriculture economy through sustainable agritourism to achieve food sovereignty.  We have been working since 2015 and we collaborate closely with the farmer's markets, Slow Food, Foundation for Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico Bar Association, Conservation Trust, division: Para La Naturaleza. 

We have a fiscal sponsor: 
Foundation for Puerto Rico (FPR) is a 501(c)(3) local non-profit incorporated in 2011. All donations over $250 are tax deductible.


Find more information here:
www.visitrico.org

Contact us for questions: 

Camille Collazo
Directora Ejecutiva
Executive Director 
Visit Rico 
787-210-4839
camille@visitrico.org 

Yanna Muriel
Gestora Agrocultural
Agrocultural Manager
Visit Rico
tel. 787-773-1100
yanna@visitrico.org

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Excited to share this news for Phase 2!

After Regrow Puerto Rico Phase 1 where we fundraised over 450k which was our innitial goal, we surpassed this goal ($ 481,500) we transitioned to Phase 2 of Regrow Puerto Rico, which includes the study of current needs among farmers, to determine the most effective way to continue providing support.

During Phase II, Visit Rico will focus on strengthening the local agro-ecological sector by providing oportunities for farmers to diversify their source of income through ecological agritourism and volunteerism. These activities enable the integration of farmers, farmer’s markets, chefs and visitors providing added economic benefits not only to the farmers but to the community as a whole. At the same time, these efforts provide a ripple effect connecting committed members of the agro-ecological community and suppporting the local food system of Puerto Rico.
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We proposed it and we succeeded! Visit Rico created in September 2017 the Regrow Puerto Rico fund in response to the damages caused by Hurricane Maria in island agriculture.

The proposed goal was $ 450,000 for 100 agroecological farmers and artisanal producers, however, we managed to raise above that amount ($ 481,500). We did it to help reactivate the agricultural economy by donating $4,500 to each of them. Finally we impacted 107.

In addition, we were able to expand the aid to other 60 conventional and agroecological farmers through the Farm Aid fund, a non-profit entity led by singer Willie Nelson who trusted us to manage his fund in Puerto Rico.

The feat required a lot of effort and perseverance, but it was worth it.

Today we can say that we wrote an unforgettable chapter in our history because we learned to have flexibility and adapt to the needs of the community we serve during an emergency situation.
Thank you! ¡Gracias!
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February 23, 2018

Dear donors,

We are very grateful for your kind support to Puerto Rico agriculture. Your donation have helped our agroecological farmers to restart their crops and see the future with hope. Presently, we are transitioning to Phase 2 of Regrow Puerto Rico. At this stage, we are evaluating the current needs among farmers in order to determine the most effective way to continue providing support. Phase 2 remains open for donors. As soon as all the information is gathered, an update will be posted.

Thanks a lot and best regards,
Visit Rico/Regrow Puerto Rico Team
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Making a difference one farmer at a time
Making a difference one farmer at a time
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