WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2013

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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Connecting Two Worlds region's rich biodiversity and endangered species while encouraging and attain organic certification. Later, he studied agroforestry and development of eco-friendly businesses, including cacao (chocolate) chocolate making. Then, he founded Vermont-based Kerchner Artisan and macadamia production. Chocolate, working with La RED's 185 organic cacao growers. Kerchner said his life changed permanently when he went to "Exposing students from Wellesley to development work and agri- Guatemala while in college. In the Peace Corps, he was sent to the cultural production can have a profound effect," says Kerchner. "I think Dominican Republic where he helped La RED (the network), a coop- it can open doors they never knew existed. Not to sound cliché, but if erative of small-scale farmers, improve their agricultural production the project influenced one person's life, then we have made an impact." Moreover, he said the youth group's recent trip indirectly helped the local nonprofit Quita Espuela Foundation, which organized logistics and budgeting. The experience prepared the Dominicans to receive other groups that want to visit or work in the region. "It was a fantastic cultural exchange," Kerchner says. "We ate together, worked together, and created long-lasting relationships. Dominicans practiced English and the students practiced Spanish." Pam Emslie said the annual trip teaches the students to be curious. "We want them to observe and learn how to be helpful. Americans are quick to want to fix things but this is about letting the people there We l l e s l e y We s t o n M a g a z i n e | f a l l 2 0 1 3 lead the way. They know what will work in their culture." 88

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