This page will contain various way to support Puerto Rico in its recovery efforts. If you have an idea, a current project or are interested in getting involved, please contact Elsie Otero by email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you.
This past fall 50 boxes of supplies were collected and sent to Puerto Rico.
We are currently collecting seeds for the UMass Lowell Puerto Rico Seed Campaign through March 1, 2018.
Drop-off location: Office of Multicultural Affairs University Crossing Suite 366.
Officials say Hurricane Maria destroyed about 80% of the crop value in Puerto Rico.
The Office of Multicultural Affairs will be collecting non-gmo seeds and donations from student, staff, and alumni to support the rebuilding of Puerto Rico’s agriculture. Prior to Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico imported 80-85% of food despite having a tropical climate and the ability to grow food year round. Over the last few years Puerto Rico had been experiencing a resurgence in the agricultural sector and these efforts have been drastically set back by the devastation of Hurricane Maria. After the storm, the agricultural sector lost 80% of crops.
The seeds collected by the Office of Multicultural Affairs will be sent to the Puerto Rico Resiliency Fund which is working on re-growing Puerto Rico’s food supply through collaborative efforts.
Donate Funds Online To Purchase Seeds
View the list of seeds on the Fondo de Resiliencia Puerto Rico website.
Your seed donations should be non-gmo, heat tolerant, nutritionally dense crops, fast growing, low maintenance, pest or disease resistant, and easy to save, in order to guarantee their continuous production.
The Puerto Rico Resiliency Fund is urgently looking for the following seeds (preferably “fast crops”):
Below are some online retailers that sell organic, non-gmo seeds.
A flooded area in Carolina, Puerto Rico, after Hurricane Maria hit the island.
For more information on the Puerto Rico Resiliency Fund visit these websites:
Want to help but don't know where to start? Your online donation will be used to purchase seeds for the Puerto Rico Seed Project.