We empower women farmers to restore the planet through regenerative agriculture
We work to share our Regeneration Hub model with smallholder farming communities around the world to rapidly transition the food and ag industry to regenerative sources. We help them meet a growing demand for climate action and regeneratively sourced ingredients.
Using a franchise model, smallholder farming communities are assisted in shifting to livelihoods based upon value-added forest crops. We match producer groups with experts and innovations to produce superior quality ingredients. In protecting biodiversity and drawing down carbon, this model advances the UN Sustainable Development Goals while meeting local needs.
We transfer a proven agroforestry model and implement an award winning design for a regenerative food processing factory. Our goal is to incentivize long term forest protection and make it more profitable to protect and restore forests than to destroy them.
The original idea
Dr. Willie Smits, the creator of the Village Hub model started off with a simple idea: offer local communities a model to earn an income and other important benefits from the protection of the forest. Build systems for collaboration among traditional sugar tappers and plant more forests with the Sugar Palm trees. In return for both the land and farming income, the villagers must protect the rainforest and the animals that live there.
What we do
Agroforestry as an alternative to monocropping
The regeneration hub is centered around a multi layered tropical agroforestry system. In this way, the responsible management of local forests is incentivized for local people. The diversity varies by region and can include tree nuts, perennial staple crops, coconuts, spices, pineapple, vanilla, dragon fruit, banana, shade-grown coffee and cacao, rubber, essential oils, medicinals, superfoods, bamboo, & biofuels.
Changing villages one micro-factory at a time
The factories are made with off-the-shelf components that fit in 3 shipping containers. It can start out small, serving 40 families, and grow to serve over 6000. The system design is adaptable and can be converted to process a wide array of local crops.
Overwhelming community benefits
Regeneration hubs not only create diverse streams of income, they also produce all the basic essentials for a rural village to be self-sufficient and resilient. The micro-factories are equipped to generate biofuels to power a generator for electricity for clinics, schools, clean cookstoves and transport. Hubs also produce clean drinking water and organic fertilizer. The governance and profits stay in the community