A Holistic Approach...
Harvest Craft wants to implement simple solutions that impact and mitigate complex problems. Problems that surround the totality of a heathy lifestyle. We want to radically love people and impact their lives or their community in 5 areas of need. These areas of need include: the physical, the economic, the environmental, the educational, and the social.
Food Production Systems Provide Solutions to These Needs
We Have Two Models of Development:
Both of these models are explained further and showcased below with photos.
The institutional sustainability model focuses on equipping pre-existing organizations and institutions with food production systems. The organizations and institutions we aim to equip and consult for include: orphanages, community centers, churches, schools, universities, and most recently, a sex trafficking rehabilitation center.
The goal of these systems are to provide a myriad of benefits to the staff, students, orphans, and programs at these facilities. These benefits include food and feeding budget subsidization, vocational training, agricultural research and education, and opportunities for community strengthening interactions and therapy.
Communal Development - "Without Walls"
As we began to partner with these institutions around the world, we started to feel the burden and urge to help those outside the sphere of influence these organizations had. We wanted to help those outside of current existing aid, we wanted to help those beyond the walls of our partner's compounds, those "Without Walls."
Therefore, our community development model was birthed; aimed at tackling the core socioeconomic problems that hindered these communities from flourishing. Our "Without Walls" programs aim to equip, educate, and empower those involved and the rippling layers of people around.
We start by investigating and researching for a best-fit production system in the community with ambitious and dedicated members who want to participate. We respect local knowledge and want to hear from experts and experienced farmers in the region on what grows best or is culturally acceptable. Once we determine a strategy we think fits best, we implement the program and train locals on how to both operate a business and take care of the targeted crops or animals.
The community members involved will run the facility, raise the animals, grow the plants and sell the products. The money will pay their salaries and maintain a sustainable business. Any additional profits are re-invested into a micro-finance program that will ripple out and benefit other community members, or will go into a savings account that will eventually build up into enough funds to plant another project in an adjacent community.
Again, through these investments and re-distribution of the project's profits, we can see this ripple effect occurring. The initial funding will impact so much more than just one individual, family, or community. We believe true sustainability doesn't just keep one system alive, but it spreads life and cultivates change all around.