UPG Sends Seeds To Families In Haiti
by Carl Kruse
The Urban Paradise Guild (UPG) headed by Sam Van Leer is a nonprofit group based in Southern Florida working to bring back natural habitat and make our urban environment more green and livable. The group introduces more native plants into local areas, organizes clean-ups, engages in coastal remediation, operates three tropical nurseries that supply fruit trees and other plants to the community, conducts seminars, and does all other goodness.
Since 2008, UPG has been sending seeds and plant cuttings to Haiti, to help small villages feed themselves and recover from several natural disasters. These seeds include native plants for reforestation, and edibles, such as fruit trees and vegetables.
This weekend the UPG is working on packaging seeds for 10,000 people in Haiti. The seeds are of 20 types of heirloom vegetables for each family. UPG volunteers need to calibrate the weight-to-volume measurements to select the right sizes of scoops for each package — tiny seeds, such as tomato and eggplant, weigh as little as 250mg per family package, while group seed packages can weigh up to 5 ounces.
For this ongoing work they need a precision scale that costs $645. If you can help in any way, no donation too small, please head over to http://urbanparadiseguild.org/donate/ This is a small project that could have a big impact. I like it. Thanks for taking the time to read and for any help.
If you have some extra time and would like to roll up your sleeves and help the UPG with its work, please contact Sam at http://urbanparadiseguild.org.
For another Miami-based organization working to help better understand and improve our natural environment check out the Fairchild Tropical Botanical Gardens. I wrote about them in an earlier blog post.