About The Blue Atlas Project
Building resilience in crisis-struck communities with sustainable food system development.
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Blue Atlas Project provides infrastructure support and training to strengthen the connection to local food systems for all persons in a community recovering from a crisis.
We do this by working with the community to provide relief, education and financial support to crisis struck communities worldwide to create and cultivate sustainable, locally administered food systems.
The initiatives we administer aim to support community self-development, adding to both economic independence and health in vulnerable regions.
What We Do
SCHOOLS + COMMUNITIES
Providing communities with hands-on learning centers of sustainable agriculture methods and forward-thinking solutions.
SCALING UP LOCAL AGRICULTURE (SULA) GRANT
Providing small grants for new food + ag-related business development for rebuilding communities.
HOLISTIC + HANDS-ON TRAINING
We take a holistic approach to our training, providing in-person workshops on sustainable growing methods, small business development, and nutrition for the mind + body.
We look at the challenges people are facing, from hunger to malnutrition;
we provide out-of-the-box solutions to combat them. Our focus on superfoods to fight malnutrition in children and those in vulnerable situations exemplifies just that.
CLIMATE-SMART AGRICULTURE APPROACHES
We customize training centers based on our projects’ locations to provide sustainable, climate-smart approaches to solving food security issues.
Disasters of any kind impact accessibility to basic human necessities – BA is dedicated to providing an expeditious response to these impacted areas and communities for an extended term with continual resources, guidance, and educational opportunities.
Below are the values that guide our organization:
Blue Atlas believes in working with other organizations and community groups to effectively and efficiently carry out programs to obtain the most significant impact.
The Blue Atlas Project will operate our organization with no discrimination of any kind. An organization that exemplifies and promotes dignity, respect, and fairness.
Transparency to everyone, most notably the beneficiaries, volunteers, employees, and our donors.
We believe every person deserves access to locally grown nutritious food at a fair market cost. Our approach is tailored to the needs of each location, incorporating input from the local community and establishing continual partnerships.
We believe in working with children through school-based programs and providing training to adults who are interested or involved in producing food for themselves and/or the community affords them the opportunity to connect to their local food systems, enabling self-sufficiency, food security, and economic independence.
Our programs are developed to last far longer than Blue Atlas’s presence. Focusing on sustainability, both environmentally and financially to create lasting change.
The Blue Atlas Project began to take form in a single conversation while sailing down the eastern seaboard during a boat delivery in 2020. The world was still from the first Covid-19 shutdown, so the opportunity was taken to spend the time at sea. The captain of the vessel had spent much time sailing in the Caribbean and a conversation began about access to healthy food, what was grown there, soil quality, and health. We then started talking about the Hurricane that hit the previous fall, in September of 2019. Hurricane Dorian devastated the Northern Bahamas, lingering for days as a category 5.
The concept of where Blue Atlas wanted to go was back to relief work. Granted, more time was expected to pass, but in 2020 we all pivoted, and the pieces of this project began to come together. If the soil were an issue, then we would look at soil-less grow methods. We would look at building a training center that doubled as a demonstration farm. Providing hands-on access to Aquaponics and hydroponics as approachable grow methods.
A chance meeting allowed the conversation around being able to fund the project. Our first foundational support, the Glasscock Family Foundation, with an initial donation of $3k, gave us the initial boost to believe we could bring this idea to fruition. Before leaving, we got incredibly creative with various ways to fund the project.
Five months later, three volunteers and two boats set sail for Abaco, Bahamas. Carrying supplies and ourselves, acting as our home. We thought we would be on the ground for four months or so, building what we dubbed the Food Equity and Sustainability Training (FEAST) Center on a shoestring budget.
Blue Atlas has continued to grow and serve, expanding our program offerings and the locations we will be working in. All through generous support from our partners and sponsors.
Blue Atlas aims to utilize our mission to help foster a world where those in the most vulnerable places have access to food, where communities are connected and invested in their own food source. Everyone deserves access to locally grown, inexpensive, nutritious food. Crisis around the world create gaps in the capability to meet basic human needs, such as food and water, as well as the dignity that accompanies a community’s ability to provide for themselves.
BA advances efforts to restore that, through programming that build resilience within a community. We tailor our solutions by location to work with the community to provide a lasting impact on the issues that concern them the most. The focus of Blue Atlas is grass roots, from the ground up – we aim to impact the community one project at a time. We believe that focusing on the generational impacts, through school gardens, training and sustainable initiatives is a holistic way to create effective and lasting change. Our projects are designed with longevity in mind, meaning they will last far longer than implementation.
“Innovations that smallholder farmers guide adapted to local circumstances, and sustainable for the economy and environment will be necessary to ensure food security in the future”
Our Partners & Sponsors
A Letter from the SDI Director
The Blue Atlas Project is creatively problem solving the challenge of malnutrition in Uganda through a grassroots effort. They have worked with our community, the local and national government, and schools to design and implement the development of SDI, the Spirulina Development Institute. SDI is championing the introduction of a highly nutritious blue green algae, spirulina, dubbed a superfood by the WHO. Through our collaboration we are bringing spirulina to Uganda in an effort to combat and prevent malnutrition through wide spread distribution, while creating a roadmap for replication for other regions and nations that would also benefit from this forward-thinking model in ending malnutrition.
SDI is a visible example of innovation in addressing a serious problem, it is for this reason that we love working with BA because of its ability to comprehensively involve, engage, innovate, design, and provide support to scale and grow.
Our project has been designed with novelty and effectiveness with a grand vision focused on availing spirulina massively to persons that need it most and provide training, education, and support to all our school, hospital and refugee camp partners.
Our strategic focus to not only provide spirulina but also help make it an integral part of everyday meals for the people of our country. Through ardent research and clinical trials, SDI is an important example for other communities that are focused towards ending severe challenges like malnutrition that have lasting physical and cognitive impacts.
We are incredibly honored to be working on this important project with The Blue Atlas Project and grateful for this huge opportunity to address a severe challenge that the poor have faced for centuries more effectively than existing solutions.
Spirulina Development Institute