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SVG's 'Energy for the Poor' project wins international award

front-bio A project that trained five families in St. Vincent and the Grenadines to build their own biogas digester has won an international award.
A project that trained five families in St. Vincent and the Grenadines to build their own biogas digester has won an international award. The Richmond Vale Academy (RVA) won the Energy Globe Award based on the project, which also teaches local communities about the benefits of biogas as a renewable energy, global warming, climate change and organic...
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Viola's Creative Home Garden in Petit Bordel

featured-IMG_0570 Working in a small space, with little soil and many constraints can spark a lot of creativity
Working in a small space, with little soil and many constraints can spark a lot of creativity. I had been wanting to grow my own vegetables for a long time, but I felt restricted by my little backyard. When the students visited me for the first time, I showed them all my containers filled with herbs to make seasoning, Aloe Vera that I use as body l...
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How to make a coconut cup and a bowlie

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In Troumaca, a village in Saint David Parish, the North Leeward side of St. Vincent, there is a home-garden shaped like a sun. Tomatoes, lettuce, okra, beans, corn, basil, asparagus, pineapples, barbados cherry, soursop… from very common crops to rare ones in St. Vincent, a variety of vegetables and fruits are growing vigorously. Rabbits and their ...
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I was fascinated and excited about ecological farming!

ecological-farming1200x628 The idea of growing food without pesticides and other chemicals is something that has always intrigued me
My name is Ms Emris Stapleton, from Chateaubelair. I am a Field Officer in the Ministry of Agriculture. I am also a farmer, an organic gardener and an active community member. The idea of growing food without pesticides and other chemicals is something that has always intrigued me, but I needed expert advice as to where to begin. The opportunity ca...
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In movement there is life and in change there is power!!

20190111_13324 My students have come a long way from the start of the program
Today is hump day! For the November Climate Compliance Conference students and facilitator hump day has a special flavour! Since January, Wednesday mornings have been pretty hectic at Richmond Vale Academy as we temporarily move to some villages nearby. From Wednesday to Friday, we have been living in Petit Bordel, Rose Bank, Troumaca and Rose...
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Art for social transformation

frontimage Painting a mural in the local Petit Bordel School in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.
Art is a tool that allows us to communicate and express different opinions. During the month of April 2018, our intention was to inspire and strengthen the relation between people and nature. This is what we hoped to achieve while painting a mural in the local Petit Bordel School in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. At the same time, we carried out...
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We plant trees

treeplanting Tree planting action at Richmond Vale academy, St. Vincent
Tree planting actions and awareness campaigns are an important part of Richmond Vale Academy's curriculum. We partner with many different stakeholders in order to plant the most beneficial trees in various projects. We plant shade trees with schools, fruit trees in communities, give away moringa seedlings for personal backyards, plant mangroves on ...
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Everyone can make a change

Farmersmarket I feel like, we have contributed a huge bit, to the development of a persistent farmers market in Chateubelair.
As my team arrived in St. Vincent and at the Richmond Vale Academy, we decided pretty early that we want to assist in re-establish a farmers market in Chateaubelair, a little village on the North-Leeward side of the main Island of St. Vincent. As there were attempts to build up a farmers market before we came to St. Vincent, which ultimately failed...
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Richmond Vale Academy establishing "Pass it On” home gardens in the community

pass-it-on-homegardens Students at RVA taking part in the project
In 2016, Richmond Vale Academy, an alternative school centered on climate change, began to establish "Pass it On" home gardens in the community of Chateaubelair, North Leeward. The goals of the "Pass it On" home garden project are many: (1) teach members of the community how to grow their own food using the principles of permanent agriculture or "p...
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Seeing St. Vincent through children’s eyes

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We keep hearing that as adults we are nowhere as creative as when we were children and, what's worse, that the older we get the less creative we become. My point, however, is not to discuss the broad topic of 'creativity' and whether formal education system diminishes it or not. What I want to share with you is my impressions from one project, a sm...
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Building weekend in the mountain

Building Weekend at Richmond Vale
Our Permaculture Teacher, Luke, and his family, own land in the province of Vermont in Saint Vincent. This piece of land is located in the mountain, when you reach the end of the paved road you still need to drive for a couple of kilometers on a very bumpy rocky muddy road. At the end of the path, there is a small shed with a covered deck, ful...
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My experience working with Biogas

My experience working with Biogas
My experience in the biogas project was very interesting because it was the first time I heard about it. I learned a lot about biogas, how to build one and I can see biogas can change people's lives because people can save money by reducing cooking expenses by as much as 80%. Cooking is easier and quicker than cooking with charcoal or firewood, it ...
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The New Climate Compliance Conference Book is out

Climate Compliance Conference Book During these first five years, the CCC has impacted upon the lives of 50.000 people in Saint Vincent and abroad.
Dear Friends! We are happy to share with you the new Climate Compliance Conference Book! From the introduction: Believing that everyone should be given the opportunity to participate, irrespective of their circumstances, the CCC program works with a diverse range of stakeholders ranging across cultural, social and economic boundaries. Participating...
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How to Build a Biogas Plant

BioGas-web One of the advantages of building a biogas plant made out of IBC tanks is the fact that it’s an open source design.
By Alexandra Biogas is a mixture of different gases produced by the breakdown of organic matter in the absence of oxygen, called also anaerobic digestion. It is produced from biodegradable materials and more than half of the resulting gas is methane. In order to create an anaerobic digestion we started our project with a tank made for the purpose o...
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Chapter 2: St. Vincent from the New Climate Compliance Conference Book

Chapter 2: St. Vincent from the New Climate Compliance Conference Book
Hello again! Enjoy a new chapter from the new Climate Compliance Conference Book. In Chapter 1, we presented to you a little introduction about the Climate Compliance Conference, in chapter 2, we're going to talk about St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Enjoy! Saint vincent and The Grenadines The country of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, ...
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New Climate Compliance Book

New Climate Compliance Book
We are just about to finish the first Climate Compliance Conference book and we are happy to share the introduction with you; Introduction Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, after years of climate change related effects, was devastated by the severe weather disasters of 2010 and 2011. In response, Richmond Vale Academy (RVA) took decisive action by ...
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RVA launches Pass-It-On Model Garden Project

RVA launches Pass-It-On Model Garden Project
Richmond Vale Academy, in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Sustainable Development, Chatoyer Garden, and the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Preservation Fund, will launch its home garden project today, June 5. The launch takes place at Richmond Vale Academy beginning at 13.00 with a tour of the organic gardens and is open...
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The Newest Teenager Climate Activists

The Newest Teenager Climate Activists
By Vanessa One of the most challenging but enriching project we have taken here at Richmond Vale has been to be in charge of a 17 days environmental education, climate change and biodiversity program, where 12 teenagers from Saint Vincent and 12 from England came together to learn and make different actions in order to prevent climate change. Durin...
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Shape the garden – Shape the Future

Shape the garden – Shape the Future
Mandala Garden Project at Chato Primary School by the Climate Team “Performance team”: that is how they call us. No matter what we take, eventually we will get the best out of it. After going through so much together, having so many discussions and inside jokes, we are unstoppable. Let me introduce you to our latest project in Saint Vincent. There ...
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Working with the Communities Part 2

Working with the Communities Part 2
Welcome back! This is part 2 of a short blog series about my team’s tree planting project with several communities in Saint Vincent. In part 1 I described our focus on working with community groups rather than individuals or institutions. This time, I will delve a little deeper into this process. I will first describe how we came into contact with ...
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