From June 27-29, we had the joy of hosting Luis Castellanos and Doug Satre with Plant with Purpose, an organization that VHF has partnered with in Oaxaca since 2008. Luis is based in the Mixteca region of Nochixtlan, a place that was recently in the news due to unrest and violence. Staff from the Foundation, Snake River Housing, and Broetje Orchards met over lunch to share, learn from and encourage each other in our work with marginalized communities.
One of the highlights was time spent with the Vista Hermosa youth — to share personal stories and to learn about traditions in the Mixteca. Luis and Doug also enjoyed attend the Beyond Paper Tigers conference in Walla Walla to learn about trauma informed care. We wish Luis and the Plant with Purpose team many blessings in their work to accompany small farmer families.