Agroforestry in the Caribbean is a 15-day Summer Session course held on the Island of St. Croix, in the US Virgin Islands. The UGA course group will be housed and study at the Virgin Islands Sustainable Farm Institute (VISFI), a 100+ acre facility that operates educational programs year round. The VISFI site serves as a model for organic and tropical agriculture, biodiversity conservation, and sustainable forest management.
While only a short 3 1/2 hour flight from Atlanta, St. Croix offers a vast opportunity for learning - not only about agroforestry, farming systems and natural resources management but also about cultural heritage and community.
This laid-back rural island is a doorway to the Caribbean with a rich agricultural history dating back to 2000 B.C., from a mysterious cassava-staple people to more recent occupations by colonial powers and the Danes, who constructed hundreds of stone windmills that still stand today.
On the largest of the Virgin Islands, the VISFI campus offers 360-degree hilltop vistas from the upland watersheds to the sandy beaches and coral reefs. This Caribbean course is an opportunity to experience a unique part of a diverse and interesting world.