Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow

Tuesday, November 05, 2013
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Knowles, Hannah
706 236-2297

Florence Reed, President and Founder of Sustainable Harvest International, will be on campus November 4-8. She will be available to visit classes and student organizations. In 1997, Florence Reed founded Sustainable Harvest International (SHI), a nonprofit organization dedicated to working with rural Central American communities to implement sustainable land-use practices. Since then, Florence has grown SHI from working with only a dozen families to working with nearly 2,200 families in four Central American countries to plant 2.8 million trees, convert 14,000 acres of degraded land to sustainable farms, and save an estimated 70,000 acres of tropical forest from slash and burn destruction. Prior to founding SHI, Reed served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Panama from 1991–1993, focusing on agro-forestry and environmental conservation. In recent years, Reed has received two honorary doctorates for her work from the University of New Hampshire and Southern New Hampshire University, along with many awards such as the Yves Rocher Women of the Earth award, the Traditional Home Classic Woman award, the Harden Club of American Distinguished Service award, and most recently has been named the Sargent Shriver Distinguished Humanitarian, the highest award given by the National Peace Corps Association. In 2009, Florence was painted by artist Robert Shetterly as part of his renowned Americans Who Tell the Truth portrait series. TOPICS: Slash and burn farming's journey from a sustainable system to a significant cause of deforestation and hunger and a look at the alternatives; feeding the planet and its people: how small-scale, sustainable, organic farming is key; a case study of growing an international, environmental non-profit from your spare bedroom.

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