Reap Goodness was invited to participate in a workshop at Arizona State University School of Sustainability. Specifically, we were invited as one of the projects-in-progress to be highlighted at a table discussion by participants. Since Reap Goodness is at the stage of strategizing its considerable plans to work with university students for the first phase roll-out of its trio of worker owned cooperatives, the participants were eager to hear more.
One of the participants was Andy Mason who is a Certified Forester who spent a career on the state level in forestry and offered encouragement to Reap Goodness for its intentions. That is, to work with towns, small cities and ranchers/farmers who wish to speed up the notion of restoring the land with viable alternatives to conventional farming and animal agriculture. He also mentioned it is time for the federal government to forge a comprehensive definition of food forestry for the nation so funds could be set aside for restoring our country while determining its impact on food security for all its people.
The presenters, Stefanie Albrecht and Arnim Wiek, are keen to work with Reap Goodness and further discussions are in store! They are already studying the food forest being developed in south Phoenix, Arizona as well as having researched 18 food forests in Europe and elsewhere.
The workshop lunch included foods typical of those that would be found in a food forest right here in the Sonoran Desert, including bread made from flour of our native mesquite tree beans; pickled asparagus, mushrooms, peppers; carob; prickly pear cactus-lemon drink and more. The catering was by a small local woman-owned vegan catering company, Raul's Cocina, which honors the family's father who died young.
Simply said, our game is on, and we have more views now than ever. Our wish is for as many people to see this website and pass the site along to others. We now rush headlong into activities planning our venture into developing training and other supports for the formation of a unique set of worker owned cooperatives. They will rejuvenate Earth in a comprehensive way, together or singly.
Never before in history has this good set of cooperatives been formed for tasks such as reclaiming waters that have previously been polluted, storing rainwater inside Earth to prevent drought damage, and planting permanent foods available locally wherever they are needed around the world. If this seems too good to be true, follow our progress in the first phase testing with university students from across the US. This test is in the formation stage, and the students will be active participants in the planning, performance and reporting of all training and the physical and social outcomes. Wow!
Keep coming back here and to our LinkedIn page for more information. We would love to hear from you below, on LinkedIn or on our Contact Us page.
November 8, 2019 - This morning we bring you news of upcoming plans to reach 7 universities within the United States, covering the nation, to join forces with each other, with Reap Goodness, and the International Society for Performance Improvement. The purpose of this coming together to form a new alliance dedicated to the initial trials of an earth rejuvenation unlike any that has ever been seen before.
This joint effort is planned to create a joint effort simulating three workaround cooperatives whose sweeping work tackles and solves climate change in the form of water harvesting and storage in earth, food forestry for permanent food availability, and reclamation of waters and their purposeful uses.
Forming this alliance will be the following universities: Arizona State University, University of Arizona, Rutgers University, Michigan State University, University of Wisconsin Madison, Colorado State University and University of California-Davis. Once approached, there will be a great discussion about the roles students will play and their necessary backgrounds of study for a successful venture.
As the approach to these universities is in the formation stages, details will follow in subsequent announcements.
Today’s news is of new relationships. That is, Reap Goodness is taking the hand of the International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI) to help develop its training about installation of trios of worker owned cooperatives, or eco-sets, to create healthy land masses, clean water, and healthy food security and variety.
This new harmony of work is where we’re headed to bring information to many people to fix what has been wronged over many centuries, our farmlands. What farmers didn’t know about harming soil and water supplies can be fixed easily and quickly by converting to food forestry.
Our trainings on how to do this via worker owned cooperatives is new, and that needs to bring together experienced instructional designers to oversee this soon-to-be-published information that will in turn be translated into many languages.
Watch for more progress in this much needed direction!
Having been given the official stamp of governmental approval, we are going forward as Reap Goodness!
Why, you might ask? We're expanding.
After almost 10 years as REAP (Reentry and Preparedness, Inc.) with an emphasis on helping those who are in stressed situations to become engaged in the world of work, we expand on the goodness in all of us to help restore the Earth for ALL.
With the state of the planet such as it is, it made sense for all of us to gather together and rethink our strategy for employment through worker owned cooperatives. It's true that they are for any people, and this would include those coming from any stressed situation. However, we note that the world needs a cooperative mindset to restructure its land and waters to thrive into the rest of this century and beyond.
Great news! We are working on a solution that makes sense for everyone! We are meeting this month to solidify our plans and you, the public, will be the first to know of the clear direction we are heading.
Spoiler alert! We'll be including worker owned cooperatives in the most innovative way on the planet. With that tickler, you'll see here the unfolding of the innovation in easy to understand explanations. Stay tuned!
Worker Owned Cooperatives People Skills
REAP is announcing availability of an exciting new series of training offerings just right for a new cooperative just forming or for an adjustment to a current situation in an existing worker owned cooperative. Just imagine having many of the group's enduring or urgent questions answered and problems brought to a halt. The training is offered now as classroom or web based video conferencing, plus a new e-book to be published soon!
Many of these topics are ones people have encountered in cooperative businesses, but really didn't have anyone to turn to except other really busy cooperatives. Now you can set a goal of turning the corner on sticky situations where people didn't know how to handle a tough problem or foresee one coming. Just picture a peaceful discussion among trusted allies inside a cooperative and also with suppliers and the community at large.
In the month of April, REAP was able to go visit and present its vision for eliminating food deserts to two very distinct groups of people. On April 6th and 7th, 2017, Carol was invited by the Navajo Nation’s Diné College for a Food Sovereignty Summit. While there, Carol was able to talk with some of the very people which may be impacted by the current REAP project at Tolani Lake Enterprises.
Over the last few millennia farming and the production of harvestable plants has grown in leaps and bounds. Starting from simply planting seeds to developing wheat and corn through ‘preferential’ planting to today’s controversial GMO techniques, the world is now able to feed more people than ever before. However, there is one aspect of farming that is still relatively underdeveloped, the implementation of growing in three dimensions. While it may be true that some cultures still use a tiering system to overcome the bounds of limited flat ground, this in of itself still doesn’t take full advantage of using vertical space. But with recent developments and social movement behind it, this new idea of pushing agriculture towards the sky is changing the way the world thinks of farming. The following is an overview of the design and prototype building processes that are a culmination of two years’ work for the EPICS team associated with REAP
While the school semester may be over, congratulations to the class of 2017, the REAP and EPICS:REAP teams will still be hard at work developing solutions to eliminate food deserts. As such, we just want to take the time to share with you what we have planned for the summer months and updates we will be making.
Over the last few semesters at ASU, the EPICS team has been developing a myriad of prototypes centered on the growing apparatus and infrastructure that will be placed into, and around, the built greenhouse. These consist of the main vertical growing apparatus (see video below), a small scale solar system, nutrient input system (via vermiculture), as well as others that are still in the design pipeline. Throughout the next few months we will take you in depth on the development of each of these designs and relate it back to the overall implementation of feeding people in adversely affected communities.
REAP Receives two EPICS Generator Awards in 2017
On Tuesday, April 9th, the ASU chapter of EPICS had its annual EPICS Generator awards. The purpose of this occasion is not only to showcase some of the most successful current projects at the University, college and high school levels but also recognize the projects that have gone beyond and become their own entities separate from academia. These awards range from the Pitch Perfect Award, which demonstrates a team’s strong ability for Design Reviews during the semester, to the Outstanding Team Leader Award for showing exemplary leadership skills through the year.
It is therefore, with great gratitude, that the REAP project received two awards this year. The first of these two awards was the Global Impact Award, given to, "the team that has the strongest global impact in their design and implementation of their prototype.". The second, but more exemplary award was given to the founder of REAP, Carol Manetta. The Spirit of EPICS Award: