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Rescue PR's sustainable agriculture

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Raised by 64 people in 23 months
Hurricane María recently devastated the island of Puerto Rico destroying homes, power lines, communication towers, and worst of all taking a big toll on local agriculture. Puerto Rico's agriculture was already at a precarious place with food security being scarce and importation of conventional crops dominating the food markets. However there is a powerful movement of small farmers working hard to develop our local agroecological food supply, and as if the odds weren't difficult enough, now we have to recover from the destruction left behind by this natural disaster. This is why we humbly ask for your support in regenerating our island's agroecological food production.

Our project is called La Cosecha: Community Sponsored Agriculture, and we help to sponsor, educate about, and distribute local agroecological produce from various small farms throughout PR. We also have a small urban community farm where we cultivate a biodiverse food and medicine supply and from which we hope to build a strong educational platform to teach local communities about small scale sustainable farming.

Our plan is to use these funds for an integrative farm restoration initiative that includes stipends for repairs for our own farm and those of many other members (20+) of the local agroecological movenment. Part of the funds will help us to develop our kitchen, a VERY IMPORTANT aspect of our project that has been in the building stage for a while. The kitchen is about to become PARAMOUNT in sustaining our operation over the next few months due to crop scarcity. since most of our income comes from produce sales we will need to focus on prepared food to offset the crop shortage.

This kitchen will support OUR LOCAL FARMS by buying and building menus around their produce, and will support OUR LOCAL COMMUNITIES by having regular donation based "soup kitchen" events to aid hurricane victims in need of a warm plate of healthy food. (no electric or gas available on most of the island.)

Please help us to get back on our feet and to keep our food safety project alive!

Thank you!!!

*OTHER WAYS TO HELP:
We are also gladly receiving dontions of seeds as well as helping to channel volunteers to farms across the island.

Send seeds to:

La Cosecha
Gerónimo Robaina
#465 Ave Hostos
San Juan, PR 00918

Send voulunteer inquiries to-
prcosecha@gmail.com


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El huracán María recientemente devastó la isla de Puerto Rico destruyendo hogares, líneas eléctricas, torres de comunicaciones y lo peor de todo, causó un gran impacto en la agricultura local. La agricultura de Puerto Rico ya se encontraba en un lugar precario, con escasez de seguridad alimentaria e importación de cultivos convencionales que dominan los mercados de alimentos. Sin embargo, hay un poderoso movimiento de pequeños agricultores que trabajan duro para desarrollar nuestro suministro agroecológico local, y como si las probabilidades no fueran lo suficientemente difíciles, ahora tenemos que recuperarnos de la destrucción que dejó este desastre natural. Por eso, humildemente pedimos su apoyo en la regeneración de nuestra producción de alimentos agroecológicos en la isla.

Nuestro proyecto se llama La Cosecha: Agricultura Auspiciada por la Comunidad, y ayudamos a patrocinar, educar y distribuir productos agroecológicos locales de varias pequeñas fincas a traves de PR. También contamos con una pequeña finca comunitaria urbana donde cultivamos una biodiversidad de alimentos y medicinas  y desde la cual esperamos construir una plataforma educativa sólida para enseñar a las comunidades locales sobre la agricultura sostenible a pequeña escala.

Nuestro plan es usar estos fondos para una iniciativa integradora de restauración de fincas que incluye estipendios para reparaciones para nuestra propia finca y para las de muchos otros miembros (20+) del movimiento agroecológico local. Parte de los fondos nos ayudará a desarrollar nuestra cocina, un aspecto MUY IMPORTANTE de nuestro proyecto que ha estado en la etapa de construcción por un tiempo. La cocina está a punto de hacerse INDISPENSABLE en mantener nuestra operación a flote durante los próximos meses debido a la escasez de cultivos. ya que la mayor parte de nuestros ingresos proviene de las ventas de productos frescos, tendremos que concentrarnos en los alimentos preparados para compensar la escasez de cultivos.

Esta cocina apoyará a NUESTRAS FINCAS LOCALES mediante la compra y construcción de menús alrededor de sus productos y apoyará a NUESTRAS COMUNIDADES LOCALES al ofrecer eventos regulares al estilo "comedor social" para ayudar a las víctimas del huracán que necesiten un plato caliente de comida saludable. (no hay electricidad o gas disponible en la mayoría de la isla.)

Por favor, ayúdenos a ponernos de pie y mantener vivo nuestro proyecto de soberanía alimentaria!

¡¡¡Gracias!!!

* OTRAS MANERAS DE AYUDAR:
También estamos recibiendo con gusto donaciones de semillas y también ayudando a canalizar voluntarios a fincas en toda la isla.

Envíe semillas a:

La Cosecha
Gerónimo Robaina
# 465 Ave Hostos
San Juan, PR 00918

Enviar consultas de voluntariado a-
prcosecha@gmail.com
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Hi everyone, I apologize for not posting more frequent updates, internet service has been very spotty. Tomorrow I will be taking part in a second meeting between all the groups and foundations working to help the ecological sector. I will be posting another update after then. For now our work with this collaboration has been concentrated on making initial contact with some of the more remote farmers, organizing brigades to reach them and tend to their first necessities.

We FINALLY were able to make proper contact with our main producing farmer Sonia 2 days ago, only because she is now in Florida. We were glad to hear her but unfortunately she had devastating news. Like most farms most of their production suffered great losses but the worst was that their home flooded with about 6ft of water and they lost basically everything. From foods and products they use for their business to most of their personal belongings including clothes. Sonia is determined to get back to the farm and only went to Florida to leave her children with her sister while they rebuild. We will be helping them as much as possible over the next few weeks.

At home at our aquaponic garden we have organized three brigades so far. We have cleared out most of the damage, but still have to redesign and rebuild the roof along with some other parts of the system. We are not however able to operate the aquaponic without electric and as a consequence have lost most of our fish. This is why we want to get the garden to run on solar panels. This would make it completely sustainable as it already runs on rain water.

Our Kitchen is also coming along. We are soon to receive some equipment donations and support setting up the space. We hope to have the kithchen operational asap. We are soo grateful for all the support and love we have received from our community and those helping from a far.

Bless you all,
#PuertoRicoSeLevanta
Sonia's kitchen after the flood!
Sonia and Javier before the hurricane.
Cutest farmers in PR!!!
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Thank you for your support, please SHARE and ask your friends to share also. Lots of work ahead, This really helps.

Gracias por el apoyo, por favor COMPARTAN y pidan que sus amigos también lo compartan. Mucho trabajo adelante, esto realmente ayuda.
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