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Pat’s Story – A farmer’s tree planting testimony

Pat's Story So far Pat has planted 30 avocado trees, 10 guava trees and 69 citrus trees;
Pat has been part of the Richmond Vale Academy tree planting process. He has received some assistance from time to time since 2015 to establish his own orchard on his 3.6 acre farm, on which he grows a variety of trees, some of which are for commercial use he sells to vendors on the local market. The fruit trees he grows carry a great commercial va...
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RVA supports Rural Ecological Farm to be Powered by Renewable Energy

Rural Ecological Farm These design principles work along with nature and all life forms, rather than against them
Chatoyer Garden's ecological farm is located up Maloney, nestled high up in the lush, verdant mountains of Vermont. Named after Chief Joseph Chatoyer, the National hero of St. Vincent and the Grenadines; honored for his resistance against the colonial forces to protect his beloved homeland Hairouna. Luke is telling how "following in the legacy of J...
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Shavy’s PDC Training and Journey Into Africa

at RVA Shavorne Clake: - let your food be your medicine
“Permaculture is an ethical design science that mimics nature to supply all our human needs, whilst benefiting the environment,” Geof Lawton.   Permaculture is an evolution of consciousness, a journey that improves not only our relationship as humanity, but also guides us to live in harmony with the environment around us. In short to impr...
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Ecological Farming At Belle Isle Correctional Facility

Belle-Isle-Correctional-Facility A graduate of the RVA, Permaculture Design Certificate, Emris Stapleton, used her new found skill to impart crucial knowledge to selected inmates on the Belle Isle Correctional facility.
“The experience was wonderful. I got to learn a lot from the inmates while at the same time they also learnt from me. I gained a lot of respect and trust from them during my time there. They became like family because we interacted while learning at the same time,” RVA Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) graduate Emris Stapleton. “It is said that...
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Community Love In The Age Of Covid-19

Fruits from our garden The ‘Love Box’ was initiated last year just after the breakout of the pandemic, with the intention of supporting hardest hit vulnerable families
The government of St Vincent and Grenadines has committed itself to ensuring the country is food secure during the difficult period of handling the adverse impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. The country has experienced food security challenges which are also caused by disruptions in international food supply chains. At the time of writing a total of ...
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Barbados Black Belly in a Silvopastoral system.

Barbados-Black-Belly-Sheep Our breed is the Barbados Black Belly Sheep that was originally from Africa and brought to Barbados by the British colonizers.
In the July Building weekend 2018 we started the sheep production at RVA for real and now we have developed a system of raising sheep while also growing fruit trees on the same area of nearly two hectares of land – a so-called silvopastoral system (forest + pasture). We are using Allan Savory's grazing method, the holistic land management system, w...
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The Climate Crisis And A Call To Action

HURRICANE MAP
Climate change mitigation is an exigency that must be urgently acted upon if the rate of global warming and its resulting negative effects are to be slowed down.  The threat of climate change on whole livelihoods across the globe can never be overstated, as it is real, being a point of reflection as we enter 2021- calling all of us to action. ...
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The three sisters

Danny-Teaching-permaculture Nature is the teacher, let us be its best students.
“What if you were a teacher but had no voice to speak your knowledge? What if you had no language at all and yet there was something you needed to say? Wouldn’t you dance it? Wouldn’t you act it out? Wouldn’t your every movement tell the story?” While you are reading this text, think about how we could all live a Symbiotic life – a life for all to ...
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I met an amazing community of inspiring people

Zach RVA absolutely impacted my plans and outlook for the future
I was looking for an internship for my school, and opportunities to study abroad. With Richmond Vale's program I got both at once, as well as a chance to explore my interest in sustainable communities I work as an environmental educator, teaching subjects like ecology, wildlife identification, and sustainability. I learned a lot in practice from my...
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Quotes from the November 2020 team of what they did before coming, why they came and what plan they have for the future

Students from the November 2020 team My intuition told me that this was the right step for me
What did you do before coming here? 7 graduated from high school and worked to save up 1 finished a BA degree 1 a journalist and social worker 3 worked as an economist, cook and waitress. 1 returned from travelling 1 teaching English as a foreign language What made you take the decision to join? That it is about environment and living sustainable T...
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