Richmond Vale

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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