At Island Reach and Berkshire Sweet Gold Maple Farm, 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 the farm have matured with strong and enthusiastic direct markets along this Eastern seaboard. In 2011, we expanded research and labor from forest to ocean, with a “ridge-to-reef” conservation project aboard Research Vessel Llyr, a 53′ blue-water steel sailing ketch. In 2013, we created Island Reach.
Island Reach provides a mobile work platform aboard RV Llyr, as well as skilled support services, to local and regional projects building biocultural resilience in Vanuatu.
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.)