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Establishing an Agriculture School and Campus for Sustainable Agrarian Education. HAICI, or the Heritage Agrarian Institute of Caribbean Innovation, is a pioneering institution in Sint Maarten dedicated to advancing sustainable agriculture in the Caribbean. With a focus on preserving heritage, fostering innovation, and empowering communities, HAICI provides comprehensive education in diverse agricultural methods tailored to the region. The institute aims to be a model of self-sufficiency, utilizing recycled materials and promoting environmental responsibility. Join the green revolution and support HAICI in cultivating a sustainable future.

Harvesting Hope, Building the Heritage Agrarian Institute of Caribbean Innovation in Sint Maarten

by Stichting Marlin Yard

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Sucker Garden, Upper Prince's Quarter, Saint Martin (Dutch part)

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Introducing HAICI: Growing Sustainable Futures in Caribbean Agriculture!

HAICI, or the Heritage Agrarian Institute of Caribbean Innovation, is more than just a project—it’s a commitment to preserving the rich agricultural heritage of the Caribbean while actively promoting innovative approaches to advance the region’s farming sector.

Here’s why HAICI stands out:

1. Preserving Heritage: HAICI honors the traditional agricultural practices deeply rooted in Caribbean culture, ensuring that these valuable heritage methods are not lost to time.

2. Fostering Innovation: With a focus on “Innovation,” HAICI embraces forward-thinking solutions to address modern challenges in agriculture, paving the way for sustainable farming methods that align with global advancements.

3. Balanced Approach: HAICI strikes a balance between tradition and innovation, recognizing the importance of preserving heritage while embracing new, sustainable techniques vital for the sector’s growth and resilience.

4. Global Learning Platform: HAICI welcomes students from all backgrounds, offering a diverse and inclusive learning environment where various agriculture methods tailored to the Caribbean’s unique environment are explored.

5. Comprehensive Curriculum: At HAICI, students receive a comprehensive education covering a wide range of agriculture methods, from traditional practices to cutting-edge cultivation techniques, ensuring they’re well-equipped for the future of sustainable farming.

6. Commitment to Sustainability: Sustainability is at the heart of HAICI’s mission. By integrating environmentally conscious practices into its education and operations, HAICI aims to contribute to the long-term health and resilience of the Caribbean’s agricultural ecosystems.

Join us in Growing Sustainable Futures at HAICI—Your Caribbean Institution for Agriculture Excellence!

Our Vision

The vision of HAICI (Heritage Agrarian Institute of Caribbean Innovation) is to be a pioneering institution that reveres and safeguards the rich agricultural heritage of the Caribbean while actively embracing and championing innovation. HAICI envisions a sustainable future where farming practices are deeply rooted in cultural legacy, empowering farmers to thrive and communities to flourish. The institute aims to act as a catalyst for positive change, fostering a harmonious balance between tradition and modernity, and contributing to the overall well-being of the Caribbean region.

Through comprehensive education, research, and community engagement, HAICI seeks to be a beacon of excellence in sustainable agriculture, inspiring individuals to become stewards of their heritage while advancing innovative solutions for a resilient and thriving agricultural sector.

The vision encompasses several key aspects:

Advancing Agriculture in the Caribbean: HAICI envisions playing a pivotal role in advancing and modernizing agriculture in the Caribbean region. This involves introducing innovative and sustainable practices that align with global standards while addressing the specific challenges and opportunities of the Caribbean context.

Education and Knowledge Sharing: HAICI aims to be a hub for agricultural education, providing a platform for individuals from diverse backgrounds and regions to learn about sustainable farming practices. The vision includes fostering a community of learners, where knowledge is shared and disseminated.

Environmental Stewardship: The vision underscores a commitment to environmental sustainability. HAICI seeks to instill principles of agroecology, conservation, and responsible resource management to ensure that agriculture contributes to, rather than detracts from, the health of the environment.

Innovation and Technology Integration: HAICI envisions embracing and promoting technological advancements in agriculture. This includes integrating precision farming, IoT, and other innovative technologies to enhance productivity and sustainability.

Community Resilience and Development: HAICI sees itself as a catalyst for community resilience and development. By educating individuals in sustainable agriculture, the institute aims to empower communities to create food security, economic stability, and environmental resilience.

Global Collaboration: The vision includes fostering collaboration and partnerships on a global scale. HAICI seeks to connect with international institutions, organizations, and experts to stay abreast of global agricultural trends and share insights from the Caribbean experience.

Inspiring the Next Generation: HAICI’s vision extends to inspiring and preparing the next generation of agricultural leaders. Through comprehensive education and hands-on experiences, the institute aims to nurture individuals who are passionate about sustainable agriculture and capable of driving positive change in the field.

In essence, the vision for HAICI revolves around creating a center of excellence that not only imparts knowledge but also actively contributes to the transformation of agriculture in the Caribbean, making it more sustainable, innovative, and resilient.

Project Overview

Overall, the project overview underscores the holistic vision of HAICI as an institution dedicated to education, innovation, community development, and global collaboration in the pursuit of sustainable agriculture.

The project overview for establishing HAICI comprises the following key components:

Objective: The primary aim is to establish a dedicated institution focused on advancing sustainable and innovative agriculture in the Caribbean. HAICI seeks to provide comprehensive education, foster research, and promote practices contributing to the long-term sustainability of agriculture.

Location: The planned site is the remnants of Succour Plantation in The Keys village, Sucker Garden, Upper Prince’s Quarter area, Sint Maarten, Dutch West Indies. This historical location offers practical relevance for agricultural education.

Initiators: Initiated by the Marlin Yard Foundation, highlighting a commitment to community development and sustainability. HAICI is closely tied to the Food Farm Gardens Association, managing the Community Gardens section, and Food Farm Gardens BV, overseeing the Community Supported Agriculture section.

Curriculum Focus: HAICI’s curriculum covers diverse subjects in sustainable agriculture, including agroecology, organic farming, soil health, water management, biodiversity, agroforestry, permaculture, livestock management, climate-smart agriculture, aligning with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Global Perspective: HAICI aims to attract students globally, offering insights into Caribbean-tailored agriculture. This global perspective enhances knowledge exchange and cultivates a diverse learning environment.

Hands-On Learning: Emphasizing hands-on experiences, HAICI ensures students gain practical exposure to sustainable farming techniques. This approach combines theoretical knowledge with real-world applications, preparing students for agriculture’s challenges and opportunities.

Community Ties: Rooted in community engagement, the project connects with local organizations managing community gardens and supported agriculture. HAICI envisions contributing to community development by empowering individuals with sustainable farming knowledge and skills.

Innovation Hub: HAICI aspires to become an innovation hub by integrating technology and cutting-edge agricultural practices. This includes leveraging precision farming, IoT, and other advancements to enhance productivity and efficiency.

Global Collaborations: Plans include establishing collaborations with global industry professionals, organizations, and government bodies. These partnerships are vital for staying updated on agricultural trends, fostering research, and promoting international knowledge exchange.

Inspiring Future Leaders: HAICI’s project overview underscores the aspiration to inspire and educate the next generation of agricultural leaders. By providing a platform for comprehensive education and research, the institute aims to nurture individuals capable of driving positive change in the agricultural sector.

Construction & Services

The construction and services plan for HAICI involves two main phases:

Phase 1: Temporary Location at Vicky’s Keys Volunteer Center

  • Location: HAICI classes and campus will temporarily be located at Vicky’s Keys Volunteer Center.
  • Practical Classes: Practical classes will take place at both Succour Plantation and Vicky’s Keys Volunteer Center locations.

Phase 2: Permanent Location at Succour Plantation

  • Relocation: HAICI classes and campus will be relocated to Succour Plantation.
  • Infrastructure: Monolithic structures integrated into the landscape will accommodate classrooms, dormitories, offices, and service locations.

Considering ecological aspects:

  • The construction at HAICI’s location will prioritize the use of recycled natural materials.
  • Workshop activities will focus on ecological and hurricane-resistant home construction.
  • Job opportunities and business prospects centered around agroecologic principles will be promoted.
  • The construction plan emphasizes reducing and upcycling waste to contribute to sustainable practices.
  • Business prospects will be developed, focusing on sustainable practices and waste reduction.

Sustainability Measures:

  • Energy Generation: The site will generate its electricity, promoting self-sufficiency.
  • Biogas Production: A biogas system will be implemented to harness renewable energy from organic waste.
  • Waste Management: An effective waste (including water) management system will be established.

Model of Self-Sufficiency:

  • HAICI aims to exemplify self-sufficiency by generating its electricity and biogas.
  • The waste management practices will contribute to reducing and upcycling waste effectively.

This construction and services plan demonstrates a dedicated commitment to sustainability, ecologic principles, and self-sufficiency, aligning seamlessly with HAICI’s vision of fostering innovation and sustainable practices in agriculture.

Reliable & Experienced Partners

Stichting Marlin Yard

Stichting Marlin Yard is a reliable and experienced partner that aligns with the 4 x R motto: “Reuse, Reduce, Recycle & Repurpose.” Here’s how Stichting Marlin Yard contributes to sustainable initiatives:

1. Ecological and Hurricane-Resistant Homes:

  • Stichting Marlin Yard is involved in building ecological and hurricane-resistant homes.
  • The 4 x R motto is applied in the construction process, emphasizing sustainability and resilience.

2. Food Security Activities:

  • The foundation actively participates in setting up food security activities, including agriculture and aquaculture.
  • This initiative contributes to enhancing local food production, ensuring communities have a sustainable source of nutrition.

3. Sustainable Lifestyle Promotion:

  • Stichting Marlin Yard is dedicated to promoting a sustainable lifestyle.
  • Activities and projects focus on contributing to the global energy and heat transition, aligning with broader environmental sustainability goals.

4. Circular Entrepreneurship:

  • Circular entrepreneurship is a key aspect of Stichting Marlin Yard’s initiatives.
  • The foundation stimulates circular economic practices, encouraging the reuse and repurposing of materials and resources.

5. Profit Sharing Opportunities:

  • Stichting Marlin Yard actively works toward creating profit-sharing opportunities, including crowd profit sharing.
  • By engaging communities in sustainable practices, the foundation aims to distribute benefits and profits equitably.

Stichting Marlin Yard’s commitment to ecological building, food security, sustainable lifestyles, circular entrepreneurship, and inclusive profit-sharing aligns with the goals and values of HAICI. Collaborating with such a partner enhances the overall impact and success of the project.

Hoom Street

Our design and construction partner, Hoom Street – www.hoomstreet.com -, excels in alternative construction and possesses extensive knowledge of renewable energy source systems. Their innovative designs pave the way for sustainable and eco-friendly projects.

Carib Housing

Collaborating with Carib Housing – www.caribhousing.com -, our supplier of alternative construction methods, ensures the realization of sustainable structures like Eco Homes, Tiny Houses, Tiny Villas, Eco Business Units, Geodesic Domes and more. Carib Housing is a dedicated Green Community Agent in the Dutch Caribbean, specializing in project management and tenant management.

Together, these trusted partners contribute to the reliable and successful management and marketing activities of The Keys Market.

The SDG’s

The HAICI project, with its focus on sustainable agriculture, education, and community development, directly addresses these SDGs, contributing to the overall global effort to create a more sustainable and equitable future.

SDG 1: No Poverty

HAICI seeks to alleviate poverty by empowering individuals through education in sustainable agriculture, potentially creating opportunities for livelihoods.

SDG 2: Zero Hunger

Through education in sustainable agriculture, HAICI contributes to achieving zero hunger by promoting food security and sustainable food systems.

SDG 3: Good Health and Well-being

HAICI’s promotion of sustainable agriculture practices leads to the production of healthier and more nutritious food, positively impacting community health and well-being.

SDG 4: Quality Education

HAICI’s primary goal is to provide quality education in sustainable agriculture, ensuring students acquire knowledge and skills aligned with global best practices.

SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth

By offering education in agroecology and sustainable agriculture, HAICI supports skill development that can lead to decent work and contribute to economic growth in the agriculture sector.

SDG 12: Responsible Consumption and Production

HAICI’s emphasis on sustainable agriculture aligns with the goal of promoting responsible consumption and production, encouraging practices that minimize environmental impact.

SDG 13: Climate Action

HAICI’s focus on agroecology and sustainable agriculture contributes to climate action by promoting practices that are resilient to climate change and reduce the carbon footprint of agriculture.

SDG 15: Life on Land

HAICI’s initiatives in sustainable agriculture contribute to the preservation and restoration of terrestrial ecosystems, promoting biodiversity and soil health.

SDG 17: Partnerships for the Goals

HAICI collaborates with partners like Stichting Marlin Yard, aligning with the goal of fostering partnerships to achieve sustainable development.

How You Can Contribute

If you’re interested in contributing to the Heritage Agrarian Institute of Caribbean Innovation (HAICI), there are several ways you can get involved:

1. Financial Assistance:

Make a meaningful financial contribution to aid in the construction and development of HAICI. Donations can be designated for various purposes, including the construction of classrooms, dormitories, sustainable infrastructure, and more.

2. Volunteer Opportunities:

Explore opportunities to volunteer your time and skills. HAICI may require volunteers for diverse activities, such as educational programs, workshops, and hands-on projects related to sustainable agriculture.

3. Knowledge Exchange:

If you possess expertise in sustainable agriculture, agroecology, or related fields, consider engaging in knowledge-sharing initiatives with HAICI. This could involve delivering lectures, conducting workshops, or providing mentorship to students.

4. Networking and Partnerships:

Facilitate connections between HAICI and relevant organizations, institutions, and individuals who can contribute to its success. Building strategic partnerships can amplify the impact of HAICI’s initiatives and expand its network of support.

5. Promotion and Awareness:

Actively participate in raising awareness about HAICI and its mission. Utilize your networks and social media platforms to disseminate information about the institute, its objectives, and the positive transformations it aspires to achieve.

6. Material and Equipment Contributions:

Consider donating materials or equipment essential for the construction of sustainable infrastructure at HAICI. This could encompass recycled or eco-friendly building materials, tools, and agricultural equipment.

7. Event Participation:

Attend and lend support to fundraising events or initiatives organized by HAICI. Your active participation can significantly contribute to the financial resources required for the successful realization of the project.

8. Advocacy:

Advocate for sustainable agriculture and education within your community. Raise awareness about the significance of initiatives like HAICI in fostering environmental sustainability and community development.

9. Collaborative Initiatives:

Explore opportunities for collaborative projects with HAICI. If you represent an organization or institution, consider ways in which collaborative efforts can be undertaken, whether in research, education, or community development projects.

10. Long-term Commitment:

Consider providing sustained, long-term support to HAICI. Commitments over an extended period can play a crucial role in ensuring the enduring sustainability and success of the institute.

Prior to making contributions, it is advisable to directly contact HAICI or the responsible organization to ascertain specific needs and the most impactful ways your support can be channelled.

For Larger Amount Impact Investing

For substantial impact investments beyond the predefined amounts, contact us directly. Your investment will be promptly converted into Eco Shares, offering benefits like profit sharing, reinvestment for savings, and perks such as discounts, courses, and facility access. These Eco Shares come with ROI estimates ranging from 1% to 9%, and a growth projection of 1% to over 3% within three years.

More info: Eco Shares Program – Stichting Marlin Yard | https://www.marlinyard.org/eco-shares-program/

 

Extra call to action: Join the Green Revolution! Support HAICI and cultivate a sustainable future. Your contribution matters.

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Join us in Cultivating a Sustainable Future! Your support can make a real difference in promoting innovative and eco-conscious agriculture in the Caribbean. Whether through financial contributions, volunteering your expertise, or spreading the word, every action counts. Together, let’s sow the seeds of change and grow a greener, more resilient future at HAICI. Take action today!

Rewards

150,00

**Seed-Level Backer**- a. Agrarian Courses: Get access to online or onsite workshop Sustainable Agriculture Courses. b. Seed Bank Sponsorship: Sponsor our seed bank project, contributing to biodiversity and conservation. c. Agriculture Experience Day: Participate an exclusive day-long experience at the HAICI campus, including hands-on activities. d. Organic Produce Subscription [for residents in Sint Maarten only]: There are two options: 1. If you live in Sint Maarten you are offered a subscription service delivering fresh, organic produce from HAICI to your doorsteps. 2. Or if you know someone who lives in Sint Maarten then offer them this subscription service where we will be delivering fresh, organic produce from HAICI to that persons doorsteps.

June, 2024

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**Sapling-Level Backer**- a. HAICI Branded Apparel: Receive an exclusive HAICI-branded sustainable and eco-friendly UPF 50+ UV Protection Long Sleeve Hooded Quick Dry Cooling Shirt. b. Seed Bank Sponsorship: Sponsor our seed bank project, contributing to biodiversity and conservation. c. Agriculture Experience Day: Participate an exclusive day-long experience at the HAICI campus, including hands-on activities. d. Organic Produce Subscription [for residents in Sint Maarten only]: There are two options: 1. If you live in Sint Maarten you are offered a subscription service delivering fresh, organic produce from HAICI to your doorsteps. 2. Or if you know someone who lives in Sint Maarten then offer them this subscription service where we will be delivering fresh, organic produce from HAICI to that persons doorsteps.

June, 2024

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350,00

**Forest-Level Backer**- a. Personalized Documentary Credits: Your name will be included in the credits of a documentary or promotional video about HAICI. b. Seed Bank Sponsorship: Sponsor our seed bank project, contributing to biodiversity and conservation. c. Agriculture Experience Day: Participate an exclusive day-long experience at the HAICI campus, including hands-on activities. d. Organic Produce Subscription [for residents in Sint Maarten only]: There are two options: 1. If you live in Sint Maarten you are offered a subscription service delivering fresh, organic produce from HAICI to your doorsteps. 2. Or if you know someone who lives in Sint Maarten then offer them this subscription service where we will be delivering fresh, organic produce from HAICI to that persons doorsteps.

June, 2024

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450,00

**Earth Guardian Backer** - a. Customized Plantation Plaque: As a symbol of support your name or a message will be engraved on a plaque at one of the class rooms, showcasing your lasting support. b. Seed Bank Sponsorship: Sponsor our seed bank project, contributing to biodiversity and conservation. c. Agriculture Experience Day: Participate an exclusive day-long experience at the HAICI campus, including hands-on activities. d. Organic Produce Subscription [for residents in Sint Maarten only]: There are two options: 1. If you live in Sint Maarten you are offered a subscription service delivering fresh, organic produce from HAICI to your doorsteps. 2. Or if you know someone who lives in Sint Maarten then offer them this subscription service where we will be delivering fresh, organic produce from HAICI to that persons doorsteps.

November, 2025

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550,00

**Eco Shares Entry Level 4 – Ambassador** - Backers who choose this level are immediately enrolled in the Eco Sharing Program. Start with 4 Eco Shares: Join the Eco Shares saving scheme and witness your investment flourish over 3 years with yearly dividends. These Eco Shares boast ROI estimates ranging from 1% to 9%. For our committed backers, receive VIP invitations to on-site project visits, private consultations with our sustainability experts, and the opportunity to name a future project! Ambassadors are highly engaged individuals who play a significant role in promoting and representing the Eco Shares program. They may have additional responsibilities, such as organizing events or serving as community leaders.

March, 2024

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**Eco Shares Entry Level 5 – Patron** - Start with 5 Eco Shares: Join the Eco Shares saving scheme and witness your investment flourish over 3 years with yearly dividends. These Eco Shares boast ROI estimates ranging from 1% to 9%. As a distinguished Patron of the Eco Shares program, your substantial contribution comes with exclusive rewards and benefits, showcasing our deepest gratitude for your exceptional support.

March, 2024

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