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Organic Gardening at RVA

Organic Farming at RVA As part of our program, my team is building an organic Permaculture Fruit Forest just behind the kitchen.
In the past 2 months, I have started to work on several projects on the Island of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. Working in the organic garden is one of my favourite tasks. I never thought I would like working outside in the heat digging and getting my hands dirty so much! Let’s be honest, I had been running from it for a long time! Growing up o...
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The first weeks of community living

The School We all have tasks and areas of responsibilities in order to keep the school clean and running!
Here I am, it’s been about 3 weeks since I landed in Paradise! And it’s about time to let you know what I’ve been up to! Let me introduce you to the team of climate change activists I’ll be sharing my experience with. There’s Conor from London, Meg and Sabrina from California, Vicky my roomie, Jost and Simon from Germany, and our cool teacher Jespe...
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Building a Home garden

Building a Home Garden Can’t wait to see all the plants in full fruit!!!!
There we are, deep into the program, ready to go and make a difference in the community! The next part of our program consists in making St Vincent climate change ready. To do so, the plan is to help locals become independent from imports and more self-reliant. A very big problem in countries that are more often touched by strong weather patterns i...
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Weekend in Owia

Weekend in Owia We camped there and enjoyed the sunrise on the rocks and waves! Yet another beautiful moment in Saint Vincent!
Last week, as part of our climate change study program, we went on a field trip to Orange Hill and Owia. It takes about 3 and a half hours from Richmond to Owia, so to make the most of the trip we decided to camp in Owia! What an adventure! We were almost on time to leave… 8:30 instead of 8, not so bad!!! We drive down the road to the main road and...
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What does a Sunday morning look like in Saint Vincent?

Sunday Morning
A fresh breeze lifts the curtains, birds are singing, the night crickets just went quiet, the rooster is waking us up… Today is Sunday, no worries, the sun is rising on the other side of the volcano, and the sea takes a pink color before giving in to the blue skies of the Caribbean… Oh, wait, is that rain I’m hearing… “Well, you live on this green ...
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The “Everything Vincy” fairs and “Guests are always welcome”

David The Everything Vincy fairs consist of vendors from all over the islands, who exhibit their products from oils, jams, clothes, bags, embroidery, jewelry and much more.
At Richmond Vale Academy we receive around 1000 guests a year from St. Vincent and the Grenadines, other Caribbean islands and even farther away from USA, UK, Ecuador, Mexico and other countries.  Even sailing groups come because they heard about this school at the foot of the volcano, which is an opportunity they cannot pass away. We have an ...
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Regenerative Agriculture and Carbon Farming

Carbon Cycle Agroforestry is a critically important solution to climate change.
The carbon cycle is a set of chemical and biological reactions and physical processes that move carbon throughout the planet, from the air, to the oceans, to rocks from plants, to animals, to microorganisms, and back to the air. There are many pathways by which carbon can move from one form to another, regulated by various natural processes and mec...
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New approach in times of lockdown

Home Garden We are showing that development can be done in many different ways.
In an earlier blog I told about how we went into a community visiting some of the home gardens owners with whom we have worked with in the past 3 years. We gave them some plants and seeds. The action was great – the community felt our support, we demonstrated a good spirit and the importance of togetherness, and we were able to prepare the farmers ...
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Rap and Movie for Vincy Gold Medal Winnners!

Austin Austin with some of the school children
The TreeLympics went on for two years respectively 2014 and 2015 where St. Vincent and the Grenadines won Gold for being the most Active Country. Being a small country SVG won the third category in this competition: to plant with the highest percentage of participating schools. During those years planting with more than 100 schools and communi...
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Permaculture as one of the answers to the upcoming crises

Model Farm The primary purpose of the model farm was to demonstrate an educational tool for Vincentians and foreigners alike.
I have worked with Permaculture for a couple of years along side Luke Punett and one day I decided to do the actual Design course to become an instructor myself. I signed in on an online permaculture design course with Geoff Walton and the Australian Permaculture Institute. The course lasted 14 months and was based on the permaculture design manual...
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Sea level rise - What to expect

Sea-level-rise There is one critical difference between nature and people: we make conscious decisions about what we do. 
Sea Level Rise is accelerating in response to climate change and is producing significant impacts already being felt by coastal ecosystems and communities. Sea level rise (SLR) is the sum of oceanic thermal expansion, ice melt from glaciers and small ice sheets, melt and ice loss from Greenland and Antarctica, and changes in terrestrial water stora...
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From Ridge to Reef — the Circle of Our Island Life

Maeva-S-Garden By growing food that is healthy for the soil, we actually protect the reefs, which in turn protect us from storm surges.
Everyone in the world depends completely on the Earth’s ecosystems and the services they provide such as food, water, disease management, climate regulation, spiritual fulfillment, and aesthetic beauty. Over the past 60 years, humans have changed these ecosystems more rapidly and extensively than in any comparable period of time in human history, l...
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Pest Control for Organic Gardeners

Exam Changing our food production habits is indispensable for our health and for the future of our children.
"My mom made bread from scratch, we got the fish straight out of the sea, and food directly from the land, and there were no chemicals! Now everything in the supermarket is processed. We local people think that it is normal to put chemicals on our land because we have been influenced by Europeans and Americans!  Let's change this! Grow Yo...
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My experiences were nice but also challenging!

Shyiene-Banner I became better at communicating because I learned that the more you speak the more people speak to you.
My experiences in Richmond Vale Academy were nice but also challenging, I leaned how to live in a community.  Community living made me feel like I belong somewhere - Also because everyone is passionate. We are conscious about how we best can help each other and the community as well. Living in RVA was good because I had to clean, going to the ...
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Food and Water Security: "The Pass-It-On Sustainable Home Garden Project” - Book

Jasmin Jasmin:
The main authors of this book are the garden farmers, these authors all dared to believe they could become garden farmers. They became garden farmers and then authors published in this new book we all made together. We see nothing small about small farmers: We see big solutions to big problems. Here some excerpts from the book and how we are changi...
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Globalized * Climatised * Stigmatised

camillo-Open-day The deepening crisis that is climate change cannot continue to be confronted at the glacial pace of business-as-usual multilateral diplomacy.
Many more will have to suffer Many more will have to die Don’t ask me why Bob Marley The squandering of oil and gas is associated with one of the greatest tragedies, not in the least resolved, whish is suffered by humankind: climate change. Fidel Castro   The Climate Threat There are thousands of books and academic journals, well sourced and p...
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Trees of the Richmond Vale Academy

front At the RVA trees are all around us and we at the school take very special care of them because they are of great benefit to us and all the wildlife that use them.
Trees are vital for the survival of humanity. They provide us with oxygen and take in Carbon dioxide, purify the air, contribute in the water cycle, contribute in climate change, provide us with wood, food, cool down the environment, give shade and shelter, give us medicine, protect wildlife and much more. Many species are used in landscaping while...
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Boosting Food security in the Home Garden Movement

homecarden-banner Eighty Home Gardens were created in the past two and a half years
The first thing we did after the pandemic reached our corner of the world was to take immediate care of all staff and students in the academy. But after a five weeks lockdown, adapting to the new situation we believe now is the time to take a look at all the Vincentians we work with in the communities.  Many of the potential effects and proble...
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How to live Collectively in a World without balance

1-group-header How to live Collectively in a World without balance
We live in a world without balance. A world out of balance is open to bad compromises and dangerous illness. It is our task to bring the world into a balance that closes doors to both. Dangerous illnesses include Ebola, Cholera, Malaria, HIV/Aids, the novel Coronavirus and other contagious disease-causing agents thriving within the human body out o...
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How Gasses in the atmosphere cause Global Warming

1-globe-header How Gasses in the atmosphere cause Global Warming
The atmosphere Blue light is scattered more than other wavelengths by the gasses in the atmosphere. This gives the Earth a blue halo when seen from space. The atmosphere of Earth is a layer of gasses surrounding the planet Earth that is retained by Earth gravity. The atmosphere protects life on Earth by absorbing ultraviolet solar radiation, warmin...
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