• Community,  Family,  Food,  Lifestyle

    Farmcity and the Unlikely Farmers

    The fundamental basis of the community is agriculture, tillage of the soil. ~ ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, The Promulgation of Universal Peace (Bahá’i Writings) Agriculture should be a force for good, providing solutions to global issues of hunger, inequity, energy consumption, pollution, climate change, loss of biodiversity and depletion of natural resources. The positive, multifaceted environmental, social and economic benefits of a truly sustainable agriculture can contribute solutions to most of the world’s major problems. ~ SOAAN When I first heard that my brother-in-law, Wesley, and his wife, Kelly, were starting an organic farming business in Mauritius, I couldn’t believe it. Not because I didn’t think they were capable—these two are among the most…

  • Community

    F.U.N: Embracing Failure

    Fuckups teach you who you are // Develop your ideas with your customer or client // Humility is very important // Know when to cut your losses and move on These are just a few of the nuggets of wisdom that the presenters at the recent Fuckup Nights (FUN) event shared with the 100+ attendees at The Turbine (a co-working space and business incubator) in Moka District. The event was the first of its kind in Mauritius and was organized in partnership with Red Dot (an innovation consulting firm) and Dodo Work Play (an interactive team training firm). It was inspired by a co-organizer’s conference visit to Singapore where she first…

  • Family,  Lifestyle,  Uncategorized

    A Month in Mauritius

    We have been in Mauritius for about a month now. It still feels like we are on vacation, here only for a visit. I know that will change as the days pass by and the permanence of our move finally sinks in. That vacation feeling might have something to do with the fact that we are currently living with Oli’s parents and they insist on doing almost everything for us including cooking and cleaning up. I totally lucked out with my father-in-law, Clive, in particular—he is the most thoughtful and generous person I know. We have a routine now where he will make me a cup of tea each morning…