Talking about Dirt.

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Soil. Terroir. The science and beauty of why what we grow in specific locations matter. And why the soil integrity is important for growing food. Food that we rely on to be the building blocks of a healthy mind and body. If you’ve read through our current project’s description, there is a statement about “pre-existing …
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February Wrap-up

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It’s been a month. We’ve had cold fronts that made it nearly impossible to leave the boats and that blew away our first outdoor kitchen. We’ve had such great community engagement that we are facilitating the first steps in systems adoption with a number of people. We are starting the conversations around the food system …
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FEAST Center: January Update

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January Update: I know we recently sent out an update to our donors and in the newsletter, but let me step back and get caught up on all the exciting things … and all the challenging things happening here. It’s been an intense first month, in so many ways. To recap: Our fundraising campaign “Feeding …
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Abaco Neem Partnership

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Earlier this year it was concluded that Abaco, and specifically Marsh Harbour, made the most sense for The Blue Atlas Project due to the level of destruction and need that was still undergoing post Dorian. We reached out to several relief efforts underway, along with potential community partners, schools, and other farmers. One of the …
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Trauma and the Effects of Disaster

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Trauma. It’s such a hot word right now. What is trauma? How do we understand it? Honestly, the best definition I’ve heard, perhaps still hard to comprehend, is “trauma is the most traumatic thing that has happened to you”. A forever changing landscape for each individual, as we grow and hopefully evolve as humans it …
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Community

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Community. The term invokes emotion. Perhaps family or a neighborhood; a group you belong to, or a team; maybe even a tight knit band of friends. Regardless of what stirs within you, that community benefits from your participation and you benefit from belonging. Most view community as local - a group within close proximity wherein …
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Hydroponic Solutions

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Most think of gardening or crop production in the traditional sense, using sunlight, water and an abundance of rich soil and land. However, hydroponics has revolutionized the farming and food industry; it also  creates an opportunity to address many problems faced by island nations. If you have taken the end of a heart  of romaine …
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FEAST Center Project in the Abaco Islands

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The Abaco Islands in the northern Caribbean are still rebuilding. Hurricane Dorian made landfall in September of 2019, efforts to clean up debris, reinstate the power grid and water supply were stunted by the quick arrival of Covid-19.  They are still struggling to obtain consistent power,  continued access to fresh water, refrigeration, and our focus …
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Resiliency

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Resiliency. It’s become my word dejour for a number of years now. Becoming resilient. Being resilient. It has become more important than strong. More poetic than adaptable. Small businesses. Local food systems. Fluid economies. Human health. Definition: the ability to withstand or recover from difficult situations. That’s a pretty boring definition. I prefer Glennon Doyle’s …
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