Paula Burdick (second from left) founded CFFI in 2011, in the wake of two devastating hurricanes that wiped out Grenada's farms. The island's cocoa growers were in desperate need of saplings to replace all the trees that had been destroyed. So CFFI launched its first fundraising campaign,
"Buy a Tree, Support a Farmer." In the years since then, CFFI has supported farmers in many other ways, providing transportation, training and low-cost organic fertilizer and saplings.
The brilliant and tireless Dorise Kowalewski (left) is the current president of CFFI.
The mission of CFFI is to promote sustainable agriculture, economic development and the conservation of biological diversity in Grenada.
How do we support this mission?
By maintaining a model farm for practicing and demonstrating sustainable agriculture techniques;
By providing transportation for farmers in remote areas of the island;
By producing and distributing low-cost, high-quality organic fertilizer;
By grafting and propagating saplings with a high yield and a superior gastronomic profile; and
By operating a women's crafts cooperative to support members of the community who are not directly involved in farming.