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So I recently learned (thru Virgin Voices magazine) about the STX Sustainable Farm and their twice monthly meal program. It sounds fabulous!

Has anyone dined at one of those occasions?

If so, how did you find out about it? Is their a schedule somewhere?

I am hoping that my next visit coincides with an event so I can try some local veggies.


Posted : December 21, 2007 2:57 pm
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I don't know about the meal program but I just looked up their web site ( ) and it sounds like they have some really interesting programs that I would like to check out.

Onika - I didn't know that the sustainable farm existed - thanks for sharing 🙂

Posted : December 21, 2007 3:27 pm
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Is this up on Mt. Victory? Looks interesting.
The roads up there are really something.
Maps and signage? Ha!
Got lost and stopped someone to ask directions.
They told us to "drive til you see a lady selling fruit, then turn right."
When we got there, she was on break. 🙂
I love those kind of trips.

Posted : December 21, 2007 3:47 pm
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OOH, you mean you guys haven't been?

Let me see if I can find the article on-line. If anything you Crucians should be buying veggies from them!

Posted : December 21, 2007 6:12 pm
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ben and his crew are great people i've been waiting on him for years in fsted

Posted : December 21, 2007 6:14 pm
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Found it!!

I am so JEALOUS you have homegrown pomegranate, which presumably doesn't cost $4 per fruit.

Posted : December 21, 2007 6:16 pm
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It sounds like mount victory but don't know Ben. Bruce is the owner of mount victory I know him well. It sounds like something he would have interest in though. The mahogany sounds like his place to. I will have to give him a call. I want to see how the school in Haiti is going. The best place to make a donation if you want the most for your buck.

Posted : December 22, 2007 6:35 am
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Go up from Mt Victory. Pass the rasta shack (repent now!). Hang a left at the green posts down the dirt road about 1 mile and you're there.

Posted : December 22, 2007 5:50 pm
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Ben is a great guy and a friend of mine. Bruce is his dad I believe. The farm is really quite something: 200 acres in the rainforest. They have a beautiful lodge made out of exotic wood. It's a really special place. I've been up there a couple times for Ben's birthday parties, and they were awesome. Great food and fun people.

Posted : December 24, 2007 7:37 pm
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no bruce is not his father,i've met his father

Posted : December 25, 2007 11:12 am
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I learned about it recently, there was an article in one of my Magazines! Was a nice read and sounds pretty cool!
Next time we go over, we'll have to ck it out!

Posted : December 25, 2007 12:02 pm
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My wife and I have gone to the slow down dinners for the past three months, the food is exquisite, the location is beautiful, Ben is very welcoming and we've met wonderful people. The last event before Christmas featured a guest was incredible. They are also running a CSA unfortunately the shares sold out in less than a day.

Posted : December 31, 2007 3:01 am
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Thank you for the feedback AllMashUp! I was wondering if they were operating as a CSA; bummer about the quick sale of the shares. My mom is a member of one in Seattle and she LOVES it. At this point I was prepared to expend the additional cost to have a weekly delivery sent on the Seaplane but doesn't look like that will happen.

Thanks again!

Posted : January 2, 2008 1:03 pm
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What's a CSA?

Posted : January 2, 2008 1:20 pm
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I think it means Community Support Agriculture.

Posted : January 2, 2008 8:53 pm
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Hello there! There is a new farmer's cooperative going in with the entrance being on Beeston Hill about 1 mile West of Christiansted. The ground breaking will be at the end of this month. It will involve many leased farms and I believe 2 days that are open for fresh vegetable purchases. From what I have heard (I am a member of the co-op), each farmer will submit a strategic plan to attempt to fill a master strategic plan to ensure that there will be great diversity in produce. The goal is to provide affordable fresh produce and fruit that has not been on a boat a week, after being picked and shipped to the ship.

I will start a shopping service where all vegetables are picked the day that a person's order is to be picked up. The herbs and vegetables I will be growing will all sell for .79 per pound, some may be a bit less.

The plan is to post what is ripening each week, and to have people either call in their orders or email me with the list. The shopping will already be done for you, so all someone will need to do is to pick up the bag or bags of vegetables. This is to be an organically based cooperative, so it should be healthy, fresh and much less expensive.

It is expected that the coop will be up and running by the spring, and I will post again when this service becomes available.

I hope this is helpful information, and am very excited about the wonderful people of the coop whom I just met this week.

I do believe that we as an island are in a transition to a higher degree of self sufficiency.

Best wishes to all,


Posted : January 2, 2008 10:19 pm
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Dan - that sounds wonderful! I can't wait!


Posted : January 3, 2008 12:15 am
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Hi Everyone,

I have to toot Dans horn for him. He is also starting a nursery/garden just east of Christiansted. This is going to be a wonderful place. Not only will he have tropical plants, fruit trees, vegetable plants, herbs, local honey, and orchids for sale at a reasonable price there will also be beautiful sitting areas and gardens to have tea and cakes while listening to soothing music. He already has an incredible knowledgeable staff on board to answer question and educate the public on growing and landscaping. I believe he is also offering classes and devoting time to schools to educate children to become self sustaining and productive.

This has been a true labor of love from a handicapped man who refuses to give up his dream of giving back to this island that he loves so much. I ask you to support Dan and Ben over at Mt. Victory, and all the other people on the island who are trying to get us back to being self sustaining.

Re-green St. Croix. We can all plant a tree. You can grow herbs in your kitchen and use dishwater to water them. Personally I would rather grown my own salad then drive to the store and pay $4.00 for a head of romaine.

Dan, I hope I didn't embarass you my friend. Good luck.


Posted : January 3, 2008 3:37 am
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When and where is the place East of Csted going to be?

Posted : January 3, 2008 12:57 pm
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Sounds AWESOME!!!
Would love to go there to hang out and learn!
We wll be growing a small amount of goodies at home there when we arrive, however need to learn what flourishes/ thrives there first>
Cool posts guys!

Posted : January 3, 2008 4:13 pm
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