Grow Ahead

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Mission Statement

Grow Ahead endeavors to support small family farmers as they address the challenge of climate change in their communities. Through raising funds for farmer-led agroforestry projects, we endeavor to invest in climate solutions in a way that is accountable to frontline communities. We stand behind reforestation projects run by small-scale farmer organizations. Together we help combat climate change and support communities.

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In 2013, Grow Ahead was launched as cross-cultural initiative of Progreso and Cooperative Coffees geared towards pre-financing fair trade coffee harvests. Its organizational structure consisted of partnerships between consumers and producers, roasters and importers, banks and NGOs.
Today, Grow Ahead endeavors to support small family farmers as they address the challenge of climate change in their communities. Small farmer organizations in the developing world are historically under-resourced, with limited access to the capital needed to grow their organizations beyond their day-to-day needs. Grow Ahead intends to bridge the resource and funding gap by supporting community-led reforestation projects.
By planting trees in agroforestry systems, farmers are restoring the water and nutrients to the soil, providing food and crops for their families and communities, and pulling carbon out of the atmosphere. People & the planet: that’s what we’re all about. We create partnerships with businesses to plant trees in a way that is high-impact and accountable to communities on the frontlines of climate change.

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HOW THE COMMUNITY & CARBON INITIATIVE  WORKS

Climate action is urgently needed. You as an individual or your business can be a part of the solution to climate change. Partnering with small-farmer organizations to replant trees and conserve forest systems, we are able to draw carbon out of the atmosphere in a sustainable and impactful way. Work with Grow Ahead to rebalance the unavoidable impact of your daily activities or your business through supporting reforestation and forest conservation projects. 
We work with individuals and companies to calculate the carbon footprint of their activities and then match them to specific agroforestry campaigns to help balance out that carbon footprint. 
Grow Ahead partners directly with small-farmer organizations to plant trees in agroforestry systems — which means there are plenty of opportunities to “match” individuals and businesses with reforestation campaigns. The campaigns we support plant trees, income-generating crops like coffee and cocoa, and food together in a food-forest system. These systems allow farmers to restore water and nutrients to their soil, which increases food production and pulls carbon out of the atmosphere. 
By joining the Community and Carbon Initiative, you or your business can work toward taking responsibility for your carbon footprint the right way: by enabling a community organization to maintain the reforested areas and create lasting positive effects.
Primary Issue
Climate Change
Address
PO Box 86104
Portland, OR 97286
United States
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