Leaf 8: Cacao in the Reserva

A leaf from: This Broken Land of Promise: A Chronicle of Conservation in the Hispaniolan Border Country Twenty-eight of our partner farmers recently planted a cacao grove in the Tree Bank’s Nature Reserve. The planting took place on June 8. Cacao is the little, understory tree whose seeds are used to make cocoa and chocolate. Its scientific name is Theobroma cacao. “Theobroma” is Greek for “food of the gods.” A divine confection! “Cacao” is from the Nahuatl word for . . . cacao. Nahuatl was the language of the Aztecs. Cacao is not native to Hispaniola. Its original range seems to have been part of the Yucatán peninsula and possibly farther south, here and there, through the lowland forests

One of the best — again!

We are very pleased to announce that the Earth Sangha has once again been named “one of the best” small charities in the DC region by the Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington. The Catalogue focuses on small nonprofits (those with budgets under $3 million), because the Catalogue believes in their power to spark big change. As the only locally-focused guide to giving, the Catalogue’s goal is to create visibility for the best community-based charities, fuel their growth with philanthropic dollars, and create a movement for social good in the greater Washington region. The Catalogue charges no fees; it raises funds separately to support its work. Since its inception 15 years ago, the C

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Banner: Late October in a mixed stand of hickories, oaks, and American beech at Fountainhead Regional Park, on the northern shore of the Occoquan River, in Fairfax County, Virginia. Photo by Chris Bright. 

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