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My friend Armando Lopez runs a reforestation nonprofit called the Chico Mendes Reforestation Project in Pachaj, Guatemala. We often bring Dragons groups to his farm to learn about the work he and his family are doing to preserve the forests of Guatemala. A few years back during a lesson led by Armando one of my students asked him how does he keep positive when all these giant, international corporations are coming in, cutting down trees and destroying all the work he is doing.

“Si estas buscando esperanza, planta semillas (if you are looking for hope, plant seeds)” He responded. I thought about Armando as we planted row after row of garlic on election day. Regardless of who wins this election we obviously have a long way to go. We plant the garlic, nourish it, protect it from hailstorms and hope for a bountiful harvest.