It has now been 48 days and counting since I caught a plane to meet my wife on the island of Nevis, British West Indies. 45 days of every morning and some afternoons working and learning how a hydroponic farm works on a tropical island.
The island of Nevis was once considered the breadbasket of the Caribbean. For the same reason that a hydroponics site can exist here, our operation exists in the Mississippi delta....because it can. There is a marketplace for quality produce that adheres to an environmentally sound protocol, here in Nevis or in our area of the MidSouth. The concept of farming this close to the equator has its pitfalls, insects and disease don't ever subside, only multiply.. Shade cloth and antiviral netting are necessities. Constant scouting of crops is mandatory.
What I have found out more than anything else is that there is a simplistic beauty to Caribbean agriculture. Most of the systems in place at first blush striked me as archaic; but after applying the math of statistics to their practice, I find that the only addition that I could offer was a protocol for acquiring numberical information.
It doesn't hurt to be working with the gentleman that started me down this road, Don Mills. He and his partner, Daniel, have been a true pleasure to be around. Gems like Daniel's "I have a finite amount of knowledge and an infinite amount of ignorance" are great truisms of life.
Oh, and Nevis isn't bad on the eyes.