At BSG-Maple & Marine we explore relationships between wild perennial ecosystems and the people who interact with them. We research, develop and apply models of harvesting, processing, and market alternatives in the interest of supporting biocultural diversity. Our theories and practices are based on principles which hold that biological and cultural domains are both inextricably linked and co-condition one another. We use a range of investigative frames to structure a question informing a bedrock of sustainability: In what ways do our actions build, stabilize or deplete biocultural diversity?
Agroforestry activities at BSG Maple & Marine have matured with strong and enthusiastic direct markets along this Eastern seaboard. We are now expanding research and labor from forest to ocean, with a “ridge-to-reef” conservation project: a Coral Transect aboard 53′ blue-water steel sailing ketch, Research Vessel Llyr. Coral reefs are widely considered among the most biodiverse ecosystems on Earth, providing numerous services to humanity in all categories; yet, the World Resources Institute, among others, reports that threats to reefs have only increased in speed and intensity this last decade. This conservation action will originate in New England, move on to the Caribbean basin and then voyage into the Pacific towards a destination work-site in the Western Pacific. The success of the transect will hinge upon developing strong ties to partners, resources, markets and opportunities both locally and globally.
Visit our website at www.berkshiresweetgold.com to learn more about social enterpreneurs, family scale marine activism and research, agroforestry and cutting-edge direct-market designs for environmental management! We hope you will contact us and explore how you can become further involved!
Janis Steele, Ph.D. & Brooks McCutchen, Ph.D. and Connor, Rowan & Gavin Steele-McCutchen
firstname.lastname@example.org (Use this link for initial contact. When we are at sea we will respond via a Sailmail SSB radio address.)