When Claire Orner first learned about the opportunity to volunteer with Partners' Farmer-to-Farmer Program in Guatemala, she was immediately interested. Claire, along with her husband Rusty, and two sons, Walker (16) and Ashton (13) are passionate advocates for sustainable agriculture and environmental stewardship. For nearly 20 years, the Orners have been stewards of Quiet Creek Herb Farm & School of Country Living Inc., a 30-acre organic farm in Pennsylvania.
A few years earlier, the family had spent four months volunteering in the mountains of Jamaica, helping community members grow yam, allspice, scotch bonnet pepper, sweet potato, cassava, beans, basil, tomato, sweet pepper, and callalou. Through this experience, Claire wrote, “Our sons authentically realized that serving and sharing with people is important,” so, “they jumped at the opportunity to serve in Ixil area of the Western Highlands of Guatemala.”