Food for Thought on World Food Day

Posted by Heifer Sacramento On Friday, October 17, 2014 0 comments
October 16, 2014 was World Food Day, bringing attention to the challenge to feed the world's population. This year's theme is the Family Farming. Our Sacramento celebration of Heifer International's 70th anniversary was planned for October 18, 2014 to continue to discussion on the need to support smallholder farmers and how Heifer is approaching the challenge to improve their lives.

Read more:   Pierre Ferrari's World Food Day blog post
                     NPR's A Balanced Diet for World Food Day
                     National Geographic's The Future of Food - Feeding a Hungry Planet

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Come Celebrate Heifer International's 70th Anniversary!

Posted by Heifer Sacramento On Wednesday, September 17, 2014 0 comments
Heifer Sacramento volunteers are gearing up for a free local celebration for Heifer International's 70th year of working to end poverty and hunger while caring for the earth. Ours is one of 19 community events held around the country this year. Enjoy fun, interactive, and educational activities, learn about Heifer's early days for a 'sea-going cowboy', hear about Heifer's work in Ecuador, and honor communities coming together in support of Heifer's work.

Rosa Rodriguez, the director of Heifer Projects in Ecuador and Bill Beck, one of the 'sea-going cowboys' and long time supporter of Heifer are the feature speakers at our celebration. See you at the party!!
Bill Beck, 'Sea-going Cowboy'
Rosa Rodriguez, Director Heifer Projects Ecuador
Want more?
Heifer Sacramento Volunteers press contact.
Check out Beyond Hunger - Celebrating 70 years of Family Farming.
What is the Heifer Way for lasting change?
How about a Heifer game app to send animals to needy villages? Heifer Games.
Read stories of engagement from donors and participants on When Cows Fly.
How does Heifer impact communities? Measure of Success.
Find out where does Heifer work.
Heifer International Press Resources.

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Save the Date for Heifer's 70th Anniversary Celebration

Posted by Heifer Sacramento On Saturday, September 13, 2014 0 comments
Save the Date! Save the Date! Save the Date!

Heifer Sacrament volunteers will be holding a community celebration for Heifer's 70th Anniversary on Saturday October 18, 2014 from 1 pm to 4 pm at St. Marks United Methodist Church in Sacramento. Enjoy fun and educational activities and learn about Heifer's past, present, and future work to end hunger and poverty while caring for the earth.

Stay tuned. More information will be coming soon!!

Save the Date! Save the Date! Save the Date!

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Post script - Heifer's Work Evolved

Posted by Heifer Sacramento On Thursday, September 11, 2014 0 comments
This is the final to the series contributed by Heifer Sacramento volunteer, Cheryl McKinney on her experience visiting Heifer Ecuador projects in 2013. 

Post script - Heifer's Work Evolved

We Heifer tourists saw and learned a lot during one busy week in Ecuador. We came away having witnessed many ways in which the Heifer really does what it sets out to do.

We had all arrived with the basic Heifer narrative in mind, which goes as follows.
     A community invites Heifer in to help with pressing problems.
     Heifer staffers, native to the project country, act as facilitators, engaging groups — in which women have full representation — to assess the community’s strengths, articulate goals and vision.
     Among the outcomes of this group process, sometimes taking months, will be decisions about specific projects to be undertaken.
     Then families receive training and support in the specifics of the project as well as any needed education in group process — all summed up in “the 12 Cornerstones for Just & Sustainable Development.”
     At the appropriate time, animals, plants, or other gifts arrive, and project participants sign promising to “Pass on the Gift” by donating an offspring animal or other offshoot of their specific project to the next family waiting to participate.
     The community is strengthened, in food security and networks of relationships.

Thank you to Cheryl for sharing your view on the ground in Ecuador!

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Letters from Ecuador part 8 - Go To Market with PACAT!

Posted by Heifer Sacramento On Thursday, August 14, 2014 0 comments
Letter 8 - Go To Market with PACAT!

Almost every article written about Heifer Ecuador mentions visiting the Plaza Pachano Saturday farmers’ market in Ambato where 150 PACAT merchants sell fruits, vegetables, meats, drinks and cooked food — all organic. Go early because the regular customers buy them out by 10 am!

PACAT stands for Productores Agroecológicos de Comercio Asociativo de Tungurahua or Commercial Association of Agroecoloical Producers of Tungurahua. To us Heifer tourists, PACAT came to mean the best in skillful strategy, savvy can-do, and sturdy cooperation.

About ten years ago, a small group of growers wanted to sell in this city market, but couldn't make their way through the red tape. Taking matters into their own hands, they began just showing up on Saturdays, after also showing up the day before to wash the concrete and clean up after a Friday animal market. Little by little over the years the PACAT section of the market has grown to take up more than half, and PACAT has achieved official legitimacy, and even winning an recent award from the province.

On our visit, we saw throngs of enthusiastic shoppers willingly paying a higher price for food that they trust to be high quality, and as several shoppers characterized it, “clean.” PACAT members have actively educated the customer base by offering farm tours. Señor Moreta, current president of PACAT, explained that “now if they spot a little worm among the vegetables, they aren’t fooled and they don’t worry, because they know that the food is healthy and organic.” We loved seeing the distinctive turquoise aprons worn by the PACAT folks — a great way to promote brand awareness — one of the marketing strategies carried out by the paid publicity staffers.

Heifer Ecuador got involved because PACAT met its criterion of being “an organization in harmony with Heifer’s mission, with a clearly defined purpose, and with goals that they couldn’t quite meet on their own.” Heifer Ecuador's seed money formed a capital fund from which PACAT issue micro-loans to members — 250 loans in the past 2+ years. Heifer also provided technical assistance in forming a small corps of techs who act as specialists, helping growers achieve and then maintain organic certification from the province.

Señor Moreta summed it up: “Thank you for visiting. You’ve seen something of our farms, and now the market; Heifer Ecuador has been of great help in establishing us in the market; sincere thanks… We send greetings to Heifer USA, and please don’t let this be the last visit!”
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