3 weary travelers in Logan Airport
Educational Program Team
Neil relaxing at home
The first meeting with the facilitators
Zimm in front of Neil's house
Zim and Neil in front of Simon Boliver Park in Castries
Uselina, Kimron and Leyanna at the firs meeting
Farmer Steven Best talking at the fair trade farmers association monthly meeting
Shervonne writing a personal Bio
Presenting the Blog to the facilitators
View from Neil's House, La Socerer Peak
Malonia enjoying the day
Shortly after a small downpour, Derniere Riviere. this is what we are here to prevent: the erosion of top soil
Derick Walcott Square (Nobel Prize Winner for Literature), Castries
Andrew and Neil taking an ice-cream break
Pitons view over the banana plantation
Mr. Best, President of Farmer's Fairtrade Association in the Valley, monthly meeting
Neil translating the monthly meeting to Andrew and Zimm
St. Lucia and Bar Harbor have something in common: no sidewalks
South America's revered Hero--has a plaza in St Lucia
Andrew and Mr Anias
Our work space
Our second Home
Niel, PJ and Metro: our hosts
Erosion during flash floods. How many tons of soil are washed to the ocean?
Neil snapping a picture
Pigs are tied on the river bank
One of the few mahogany trees planted in 1999 containing the river bank. One of the few success stories.
Elephant grass stabilizes the river, but used to feed cattle during the dry season
Is Fairtrade the only chance?
Neil and a farmer who is ready to go and pick up bananas
Fair trade goes to British super markets
Meet Puss -- Neil's Cat
Zimm likes Mangos
mmm...juicy local Julie mango
Puss like mangos too!
I see a trend...
Waking down the plantation road on our first site visit
Washing bananas with fungicide -- Mondays and Tuesdays are the harvest days
Talking to the farmers about banana quality
The washing/packaging station in progress
Fairtrade stickers -- one sticker per hand
Chemical waste disposal -- a fairtrade requirement
Neil, standing next to a young mango tree, points with his umbrella
Walking along the Grande Rivere tributary of the Dennery River
Washout: losing soil to the river
Neil takes this picture from the river -- This bank has been severely eroded during flooding
Bananas on their way to ASDA supermarket in the UK
A pig farm along the river
Neil talks to farmer
Fair trade Farmer Lucrica packs bananas
The three musketeers during the site visit
Zimm with a gift from one farmer
Colorful, isn't he?
An African snail -- considered a pest here
Individually owned cow grazing along the river
The UN wear blue helmets: we wear blue t-shirts!
Meeting with Prospere -- the riverbank stabilization expert
Talking about how our project will fit into the IWCAM project
Hard at work
Mr. Propere presenting the riverbank assessment
Neil, Mr Isac and Mr. Best
Mr. Best, representing Fairtrade farmers
Mr. Prospere, from the Ministry of Forestry listens attentively
Mr Isac proposes to carry out tree planting under Fairtrade to ensure its success
An old Sugar mill
Neil Posing before the Mabouya Man
Zimm holding the Mabouya man at the palm of his hands
The Mabouya man in front of the beach looking towards the Ocean
Neil is sad that the beach is littered, all coming down stream from the watershed. Mabouya man has seen it all.
It takes a beautiful beach to see the environmental damage and it will take the Valley to change it
A walk on the beach
Young coconut plants doing their work
Fond D'or River emptying its waters to the Atlantic
Conference Call with Andrew via Skype - Notice who is eating the mango!
The wonders of Internet Communication!
Screenshot of the Blog "stats" page -- where we can see who's looking at what!
Screenshot of the Blog home page!
Sceenshot of the link to our blog on the COA "bloggers" page
Metro's Birthday--Neil cooks while eating a mango
Neil celebrating a goal
Ranju farm: an old sugar factory
Neil says, "anything you can do with potato, you can do it with breadfruit much better."
Mr. Doxilly, Manager of Ranju Farm
Preparing for planting the first 1000 trees and planning for the Next 700
Zimm and Mr Best discuss details of the tree planting and prepare to meet the farmers next week
A excavator in the river!!
Is it the right thing to do?
Clears the river for the hurricane season to ease the flow of water
I wonder what is going through Neil's mind
Uselina listens attentively
First lunch and birthday celebration
We are planning and having lunch at Niel's home (chicken back and figgs)
Meeting farmers before the distribution of trees
Fairtrade supervise the distribution of tree crops
Eagerly, the farmers take tree crops
Fairtrade St. Lucia helps assist with the distribution of trees
Loading the trees
Transporting the trees all to be planted along the river
Driving to the banana farms loaded with trees
Elephant grass can hold the river bank when harvested sustainably.
Setting the trees where they will be planted
Digging the soil to plant trees
Neil and Zimm plant their first tree...wohooy
The facilitators are tree hugers too
Removing the plastic bag
Earthworms do their work on the soil
A farmers planting a tree
Kimran planting a tree
Leadership: role play by facilitators
All of them into their character
Zimm and Vernon doing an active listening exercise
Neil teaching leadership skills
Planning for the coming weeks
A 3 day workshop with IWCAM
3 day workshop with IWCAM
From ridge to reef: connecting the forest, the watershed and to the reef. They are closely interconnected.
The rain forest is a source of life: water, oxygen, and habitat.
The top of the mountains creates the natural boundary of a watershed
Mr Anias discussing the importance of the rain forest in the watershed. Reforestation is important to protect the mountain tops.
On the way to the rain forest, the Roseau valley and the reef
A look at the Roseau valley and watershed.
The Roseau Watershed is the largest in St. Lucia.
A stop to admire the boa constrictor
An endangered species of snake protected by the law
and a tourist attraction
On the way, we have a glimpse of the Piton
St. Lucia's Pitons are a World Heritage Site
A closer view from the sea
The coral reef's survival depends on what happens on the watershed. It is severely affected by silt, hurricanes, and climate change.
Observing the reef through from a glass boat
A bat nesting place
Neil listens attentively to the tour guide
The bus picks up student on the first day of the Student Educational program.
35 students are selected for the program.
On the way to Fond D'or for orientation
Getting to know the students and the students get to know each other
Students introduce their new friends
Getting to know each other
Students introduce their new friends to the whole group
The facilitators work with a small group of students
Students draw their neighborhood
Students discuss the changes that have occurred in their communities
Presenting to a the larger group
Students discuss their drawings depicting the changes
Neil leads the discussion
Stephie presents her drawing, and the environmental changes in her neighborhood
Malonia leads her group
A field trip to the rain forest with the students
A walk into the rain forest
a young environmentalist
Having lunch on the second day with the students
A solar panel (background) and other sources of energy are important to reduce fuel consumption
Heritage sites present a diverse amount of exotic plants
The heritage tours takes us all to the surfer spring
Museum at Soufriere, St Lucia
Students observing exploring the natural wonders of their Country
A micro-hydro electric generator
A living pond: lilies and plants (provide food), fish (provide natural fertilizer) , and the water is used to irrigate an organic garden.
La Tille Heritage Site
The sign board
Loading trees to be transported to the Valley
Neil works hard to fit 600 forest trees on the truck
Students waiting to walk along the river
forest trees and fruit trees
A long walk to the river where we will plant trees
Students are careful not to damage the banana plants
Students observing bank erosion
when it floods the riverbank is eroded
it need trees to hold it
Our visit to Caribbean Agriculture Research and Development Institute (CARDI)
Group picture at CARDI
Hiking to Gros Piton
Neil is on top of St. Lucia at the Piton
We can make it to the summit!!
taking a rest
we made it!!
a beautiful view of the west coast
transporting the trees
arriving to our destination with trees to plant
The farmers speaks to student s
tree planting by students
Neil assists the students to plant trees
one more tree planted
a mango tree along the river
proud to plant trees
forestry officer is hungry after planting trees
Hehe..trees can grow like me
Neil, this is local juice!! Natural and fresh
Taking a rest
How many trees can I carry
do you think the tree needs water?
Each one takes a plant
Transporting tree plants
Planting next to the riverbank
Trees need to grow along the river instead of banana
Ready to put up sign boards