Links to our Community
The Virgin Island Sustainable Farm Institute - www.visfi.org
www.visfi.org - VISFI is a successful project that was founded by Ben Jones and his father Joe Jones. Thousands of Virgin Islanders and off-farm visitors have participated in workshops, dinners, produce programs, tours, and other training programs hosted at VISFI. It is a beautiful and productive fruit and veggie farm that continues to supply the Virgin Islands with the highest quality organic produce and farm education. As a sister project to Kaluna, VISFI offers a tropical Caribbean get-away to our community. VISFI was designed and built using Permaculture techniques. The efficacy in these techniques can be seen in the total biological abundance that now lives at VISFI. VISFI just celebrated its 10th year of life on the lush Northwest corner of St. Croix. VISFI is currently being run by Nate Olive as Ridge to Reef Farm.
Earthskills Rendevous - www.primitiveskills.org
Steven Snowbear Taylor is a co-founder of Earthskills Rendevous whose program focus is daily top quality instruction in dozens of ancestral and heritage primitive skills such as matchless fire making, edible and medicinal plants, stone tool creation and use, ancient weaponry and basket making, just to name a few. Since 1985 their camps have been a place where new friendships are forged, old friendships refined, and the empowering knowledge of pioneer, survival, native and traditional primitive skills is shared. Past participants have become proficient in skills that have helped them redefine life goals and directions as well as broaden their knowledge of sustainable life ways, connection to nature, and the power of community. After a full day of hands on instruction, evening programs give you the opportunity to join in the revival of the great oral tradition of storytelling around the council fire, or the option to pull up a chair in any of the many camps where homegrown and traditional Appalachian music is played, or the opportunity to answer the call of the drum and dance around the fire under a star filled sky. Striving for cooperation, generosity of spirit, tolerance and harmonious relationships, we welcome the skills, art, music and culture of all human ethnicities.
Kudzu Kabin Designs - www.nancybasket.com
Nancy Basket takes her name from the work she does and from her Cherokee grandmother of long ago, Margaret Basket. Born in Washington state, she moved to the Southeast in 1989 to learn stories of respect to teach her children, now grandchildren. As an artist in education at public schools for more than 20 years, she teaches students of all ages how to split the Southern 'invasive' vine, kudzu, into creative vessels. Pieces are woven or coiled together making baskets, ceilings, lamps and larger animal sculptures. Nancy ferments kudzu leaves into textured paper depicting hundreds of colorful 5" x 7" folk art collectible's with their own Cherokee story on back. Murals and other larger works can be commissioned or created in residencies. The rest of Nancy's story is on her website www.nancybasket.com or visit Nancy Basket's Kudzu Kabin Designs on Facebook to see what she is currently up to.