This is discussion about World in a Watershed: Ridge to Reef Island Excursions for Small Community Heritage and Food Security.
Great concept. Since 'civilization' is often defined by its 'advance agriculture', then it makes sense that a major way to change civilization for the better will be through agriculture and understanding holistic designs for projects dealing with ocean and/or land. And since agriculture is the main source of water pollution in the United States and is estimated to decrease the quality of 50 to 70 percent of U.S. surface waters, it makes sense to take a program like this to learn how to save coastal and freshwater destinations.
Nate, this is a great concept and congratulations on making it to the finalists! We plan to adopt some of your vision for our community sites in Moturiki. If there is good clean water near your area, and if you can get the permits, perhaps we can help you with a coral farm for awareness and restoration of the endangered Acropora coral species! After all it it ridge to reef!
Austin (Coral Gardens-Living Reefs)
What an incredible proposition! If this contest ends in any improvement of our little reef area at Ham's Bay, it will be a gloabl success! Please consider this an invitation to a proposal. There are other groups here who may want to assist in such an initiative. We have a lot of room to expand our coral reef programs. Please keep in touch and let's talk further.
Felicitaciones, es una bonita forma de involucrar a todos. La idea deja claro los objetivos de proteger y preservar los recursos utilizandolos adecuadamente. El efecto multiplicador es potencial. Gracias.
VISFI hard work is paying off. Dept. of Agriculture, the local farmers and VISFI are making a difference on St. Croix. Looking forward to having another Slowdown Dinner up in the rain forest. Keep up the good work.
Your efforts are making a difference not only in St. Croix but worldwide. Good luck
Thanks Sonia, that is the intention with our project approach. It pleases me to see you say that. If we can share ways how to save watersheds with sustainable geotourism development, then this approach is good for any watershed and community of watersheds in the world. However, the approach should always be tailored for a local area. Truly, some areas might not benefit from any tourism or farming whatsoever. But watersheds add up fast. I learned two major things while walking the Appalachian Trail: Lets take one step at a time, and if you take care of the ounces, the pounds take care of themselves.
all the best
Sejah Farm of the VI would like to congratulate VISFI for their continued hard work. Your work has made a great difference in our community. Nate you truly believe.
That is a great honor to hear that from the founders of our VI Farmers Co-op and long-time farmers that you guys are on St. Croix. Join me in challenging our island neighbors to buy food that is good for the entire island, including us farmers and the environment, while keeping those dollars in our small island economy. The fishermen need us farmers and any owners of land for that matter on St. Croix to use sustainable practices and deliver consistent supplies of food. On the flipside, we need to do more education about what crops grow seasonally so we don't have to force the land to bear tomatoes when it wants to grow hogplums.
Keep up your hard work too, we can do this together, or it not at all!
And please join www.vi.locallygrown.net
Great job getting to the finals, best of luck in winning the honours!
I plan on returning to my favorite Island of the Caribbean, snd to see it is being cared for, in such a beautiful way is a blessing!
Voted for u all! Keep up the good vibes ad fantastic work!
Hi Nate, Congratulations on your success so far. My vote and hope are with you.