The AgraLiving Institute is a social enterprise acting locally in Bermuda to improve food security and provide sustainable farming education opportunities.
It’s no surprise to anyone that food prices in Bermuda are just RIDICULOUS! Families struggle to afford these high prices and many having fallen into the habit of eating cheap, processed food which is high in calories but low in important vitamins and minerals needed to live healthy active lives.
In addition to this our dangerous dependency on imported food, along with a more sedentary lifestyle, is causing the health epidemic we are experiencing today. The fact of the matter is that 75% of our adult population are overweight or obese and 35% suffer from non-communicable chronic diseases, including diabetes.
Our mission is to improve food security in Bermuda by increasing the amount of local sustainably-grown food allowing families to be able to put more whole, fresh, healthy food on their tables.
This sounds ambitious, right?
Well, we will achieve this mission by inspiring using GROW BIOINTENSIVE Sustainable Agriculture (GBSA) with which we have had great success. GBSA is a sustainable farming method which enables you to grow all the food you need in the smallest space possible while building soil fertility…Wow!
The AgraLiving Institute has been using this method successfully in Bermuda for over 15 years and
truly believe that it’s the perfect method for growing food independence on an island with a limited
amount of land.
Our plan is two-fold.
First, connecting the already booming community of home growers with our workshops in GBSA and our one-on-one garden support consultations empowering them to grow more with less.
While many already have experience growing vegetables with GBSA they will learn about vital crops needed to meet their daily calorie requirements including grains, pulses and high-calorie crops. Many of these crops serve the dual purpose of feeding the farmer and improving the fertility of the soil meaning using less fertilizer and water year after year.
Second, Did you know while we struggle to pay the high price of imported food there’s 375 acres of unused farmland in Bermuda?
Over the last 100 years we have disconnected from our agricultural identity. As a result, we have lost both the knowledge of how to feed ourselves as well as over 2,000 acres of precious farmland.
We still have an opportunity to protect what’s left of this vulnerable land by partnering landowners with our certified GBSA farmers bringing food abundance and financial independence to our
FOUNDER & DIRECTOR
Teacher Certification in GROW BIOINTENSIVE™ and co-organizer of Plant & Seed Exchange. Chris has been an advocate for sustainable cultivation and deeply involved in community outreach prior to launching Agra.
MENTOR & ADVISOR
Has been teaching GROW BIOINTENSIVE™ since 2000 and is responsible for creation of both the Farmer's Market and the Crow Lane Community Garden.
Frances has also taught food-raising at the Westgate Correctional Facility.
DESIGN & DEVELOPMENT
A serial social entrepreneur with a background in Environmental Design and biomimetics. Tara manages our web development, architectural design needs and co-ordinates groups for local food security initiatives under her parent company, Nīdusa.
TEACHER & ADVISOR
Kim started as an apprentice at Victory Gardens for Peace where she later co-managed the demo mini-farm there. She is passionate about using and teaching GROW BIOINTENSIVE™ as a vehicle to connect others to their own individual and community resilience.
FOUNDER & MEDIA DIRECTOR
Since coming to Bermuda, Alba has integrated into Bermuda seamlessly with a deep involvement in sustainable living, art and cultural initiatives. As a founder, she manages the media development and project co-ordination.