Ecuador: Diverse and Dynamic

Before digging into the Ecuador leg of our South American trip, I thought it might be helpful to describe the situation here, which is complex, to say the least. Ecuador is fantastically biodiverse. I've never seen so many different plants in my

Nueva Luz: Working Together in Honduras

Women from the microenterprise Nueva Luz y Vida prepare plantain chips in Berlin, Honduras. After my experience on the Study Tour, I spent a few more days visiting projects in Honduras with Jose Alfredo Coto, the national project coordinator for

How To: Help Small Farmers

When it comes to the idea of sustainable agriculture and helping small farmers, it's easy to feel overwhelmed if you're just starting out. How do I help? What can I do? Where do I start? Those are the main questions people will ask when the subject

Pierre Ferrari in the Andes

Videography by Dave Anderson. This first video was shot on our drive to the first field visit in Peru. It was chilly, the view was breathtaking.  We took a little break to stretch our legs and have some coca tea to help us adjust to the

Lucio of Peru: Part 2 of 2

Yesterday I told you part of the story of Lucio Mandura, and here is the other part. (The bulk of this story was written by Maureen Goal, a volunteer with Heifer Peru.) Lucio attended trainings from Heifer Peru, which, when combined with his

Lucio of Peru: Part 1 of 2

I've already told you a bit about Lucio Mandura, but I thought I'd share a little bit more. (The bulk of this story was written by Maureen Goal, a volunteer with Heifer Peru.)Lucio Mandura Crispin (40) lives with his wife, Sebastiana Pacce Jora

Fun in Peru: Day 1

We had a really good time on our first day in the field in the Andean Highlands of Peru. I'm sure there are more precarious bridges, but this one holds the record for me. To get to Lucio's farm, we drove up to a very tiny tourist town. On our