- 2020 ordering is closed. At this time, we're unable to add, change or cancel orders as palms are inbound. Thank you for your support of the communities & the project.
Greetings Eco-Palms Customers!
We wanted to reach out to thank you for supporting the Eco-Palms project and the harvesting communities in Guatemala. As we all continue to monitor the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), we wanted to share with you an update about Eco-Palms. Everyone involved with Eco-Palms works to ensure that you receive palms for your services that arrive with no problems, but things don't always unfold as intended.
We know that for some of you, social distancing practice may mean that your traditional Palm Sunday services may not happen. At this point the palms have been harvested by the communities and are either on a boat on their way to Miami or in Miami. There is no way to cancel the harvest at this point. This means that we will be unable to cancel orders or issue refunds for the palms you have ordered.
We believe in the empowering work of Eco-Palms and know that many of you see the Eco-Palms not only as a means to fulfill a need for your congregation but as an opportunity to live out Christ-like values. The Eco-Palms project allows for the care of creation through sustainable harvesting practices and provides livelihoods for the harvesters in the Mayan Biosphere. Whether you choose to distribute the palms for home use during your live streamed services or save them to burn for Ash Wednesday 2021, we hope that you will be moved to creativity and grace as we navigate these uncertain times together.
Thank you for your support of the communities and the project.
Welcome to EcoPalms.org
- Harvesting palms is an important source of income but gatherers receive a low price
- Gatherers will receive a higher price for their “fair trade” palms improving their income.
- Palms protect valuable natural forests because they provide income to forest communities.
- Palms will be “sustainably” harvested and managed protecting the palms and the forests they need for shade.
- To improve income and living conditions for the communities gathering the palm.
- To protect the palms and the important forests from which they are gathered through sustainable harvest programs.
- Approximately 308 million palm fronds were consumed in the United States in 1998.
- Palm purchases for Palm Sunday may be worth up to 4.5 million dollars/year.
- A congregation of 1,100 to 1,500 members will order approximately 700 palm fronds for Palm Sunday services.
- Palm gathering actually protects valuable natural forests.
- At least half of the farmers in the Central Petenof Guatemala earn additional income from harvesting fronds and, more than a quarter of household heads support themselves exclusively by collecting fronds.
- Each palm plant produces 2 to 5 harvestable leaves over a 2 to 4 month period.