Category Archives: Agriculture & Food

Cacao Travels: Dominican Republic – CONACADO Northwest

Here’s blog #5 on my cacao trip to Grenada and the Dominican Republic (DR), covering a visit the CONACADO cacao cooperative’s offices and northwestern producer communities. This is a bit long, as it’s meant to inform those interested in the … Continue reading

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Cacao Travels: Grenada – Cacao Enterprises & Other Sites

This is blog#3 on my Grenada-Dominican Republic cacao trip, highlighting travels around Grenada, particilaely visits to cacao/chocolate enterprises. (Part one covers my experience volunteering on a cacao farm.) Grenada is beautiful. Check out some photos of the natural environs here (scroll through … Continue reading

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Cacao Travels: Grenada – Cacao Farm Stay

In mid-January, I stayed on a cacao farm in Grenada for a week to get involved in its daily operations and increase my understanding of producer/community dynamics. (See other posts for background on the purpose of the trip, and visits to cacao … Continue reading

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Cacao Travels: Grenada and the Dominican Republic – Overview

In January-February 2012, I spent one month exploring cacao farming, processing and trade in Grenada and the Dominican Republic. It was a fantastic experience that enriched me personally and professionally in many ways. This is the first in a series … Continue reading

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Media Coverage on ACDI/VOCA volunteer placement in Jordan

The Mail Tribune and Daily Tidings ran articles on my volunteer placement in Jordan through ACDI/VOCA. Mail Tribune piece below. Ashland woman helps Jordanian farmers It’s a lesson in marketing and the possibility for growth  September 13, 2011 By John … Continue reading

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Harvesting Hops, Brewing Hope for Sustainable Agriculture

This Labor Day weekend, I worked, volunteering with the harvest at Alpha Beta Hops, an organic Cascade hops producer in Ashland, OR. What better way for a small-scale, sustainable, organic agriculture advocate to spend Labor Day than supporting family farmers who … Continue reading

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ACDI/VOCA Jordan Farmer-to-Farmer Volunteer Assignment Recap

ACDI/VOCA sent me to Amman, Jordan for three weeks to work with the Jordan Exporters and Producers Association for Fruit and Vegetables (JEPA), a nonprofit association of producers, exporters and allied service providers that promotes the export of fruit, vegetables, … Continue reading

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