Solidarity with St. Martin after Hurricane Irma

Solidarity with St. Martin after Hurricane Irma

From Myriam Huet

Please help us raise funds to bring back St. Martin's agricultural farm, which was completely destroyed by Hurricane Irma. Now more than ever, St. Martiners need local produce to help them through the long recovery mo...

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Over 10 years ago, the nonprofit organization 4 Real We Agree With Culture started the unlikely project of growing fruits and vegetables in St. Martin, when most were skeptical and believed that "nothing would grow in the soil of St. Martin." With a few tools, a lot of hard work and a big vision, a small group of people began cleaning the plot of land and planting. Under the leadership of Elder Jah Bash, the "garden," as it is referred to by locals, became the sole source of local produce--an amazing accomplishment on an island that depends on tourism for its livelihood and imports for food and other goods. The "garden" has since expanded to provide a wide range of organic vegetables, tropical fruits, and medicinal herbs. 

More than a source of fresh organic fruits and vegetables, the "garden" is a community hub that brings people together. Classes of school children come to learn about plants, the land, the history of the island, and are empowered by the teachings that the elders share with them. Young adults come to participate in professional trainings and gain skills in agriculture. Locals and visitors drop by for produce or just to have a conversation with the elders. And for the past 2 years, groups of students from Tulane University have come to spend 2 weeks working in the garden as part of a summer service-learning program. The invaluable life wisdom they learn from the elders are transformative.

Hurricane Irma destroyed 95% of St. Martin, leaving an unprecedented and unimaginable level of devastation and loss. The "garden" is gone--its structures wiped out, fruit trees broken or uprooted, vegetable plots erased. This fundraiser is intended to support 4 Real We Agree With Culture in the rebuilding of the garden. All funds will benefit the organization.

Thank you for your support and solidarity!

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