“Seven Harvest is grateful for the opportunity to make a difference in promoting and modeling local food enterprises. We are ready to meet the challenge of training mentor farmers to demonstrate local enterprises that are competitive, create jobs, reduce food deserts in rural and urban communities and bring together key stakeholders in local food systems (producers, retailers, wholesalers, community gardeners, farmers, health care providers, educators). We look forward to improving the economics in the Mississippi Delta.” -Barry Colley, President and CEO
Seven Harvest Success Stories
Seven Harvest, Inc (SH) hired a part time farm laborer in January 2011 to meet the labor needs, increase demonstration and training at our Food Enterprise Incubator Center in Forrest City, Arkansas with funds from our 2501 grant. We never thought that giving Codero Hall, a young African-American male attending the Crowley Ridge Technical Institute, an opportunity to learn farming under plastic would result in him and two other African-American males to apply for a Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRSCS) seasonal high tunnel in St. Francis County... read more
From the cyber pen of Dr. Barry Colley, Seven Harvest CEO, November 30, 2011
While not a UN conference delegate, I had the opportunity of touring the village rest area of the Conference of Parties (COP) 17 in Durban, South Africa. COP 17 runs from Nov 27-Dec 9, 2011. The most important outcome hoped for is that the world’s largest emitters of carbon, the industrial countries of Europe, the United States and Japan will increase their levels of carbon sequestration to prevent temperature increases by 2 degrees Fahrenheit from 2012 onward. This will reduce dangerous increases in the rate of global warming. The negative impacts of Global climate change are being dramatized by numerous placards ringing the COP 17 Village rest area. The clear messages are: More climate change means less food, less water, and more floods. I was able to appreciate the grassroots issues on climate change impacts.
There has been a loss of 90 percent of the surface water from Lake Chad in Africa, from 250,000 km sq. to 2,500 km Sq. Preservation of rain forests in the Congo is needed to sequester carbon and maintain adequate rainfall. According to South Africa’s widely read Mail Guardian, agriculture has been widely neglected in international climate change negotiations. If governments persist in ignoring the problem then millions are likely to go hungry. Investment should be directed towards sustainable forms of agriculture, as environmentally friendly farming methods can result in soils absorbing carbon dioxide.
How will COP 17 make global climate change right? As exponential increases in food insecurity or the uncertainty of the next meal result from more climate change the greatest burden will be absorbed by poor people, communities and countries. Zero carbon technologies are meaningless in the absence of such technologies driving job creation and spurring economic well being.