Please enjoy our brief video about a beautiful place called Potenciana, Costa Rica, and the birth of Saplings!
In 2006, Mike Pannell of Washington, DC, and Bill Bayer of Merritt Island, FL, grew a coffee farm from remote, pristine mountain pastures in La Potenciana, Costa Rica. Over the years they learned how to grow coffee and were adopted by the community, where residents affectionately call them “Dos Locos Gringos.” They soon realized a nonprofit organization such as Saplings could make a big difference in the quality of life for the hard working rural community, preserve the natural environment, and inspire new generations to dream big. They are joined by board member Deborah Ziska of Washington, DC. Barbara Jimenez and Alex Acuña C provide valuable counsel and assistance to Saplings on the ground year-round in Costa Rica.
You can be assured that your generous donation will go to its intended purpose. For the past 2 years, our administrative fees have been less than 2%. Over the past 12 months, we have received $14,055 in gifts and donations and expended $15,725 for education and community projects. Support Saplings and every penny will count. We look forward to hearing from you soon.
See the rugged beauty of the Potenciana Café farm and community on Google Earth!: