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"kevin stapleton" Discussed on The Dave Gram Show on WDEV

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"kevin stapleton" Discussed on The Dave Gram Show on WDEV

"Tell me about evaporation cooling. You can actually keep stuff. Effectively what refrigerated without electricity. Well I wouldn't call it refrigerated but but many farmers don't sell all of their vegetables both at the farmer's markets there and so without any cooling the vegetables would just go bad overnight or over the next couple of days so with that of cooling is is a small structure and the walls are lined with charcoal pieces. And if you keep the charcoal pieces moist than it's called evaporative cooling and you can lower the temperature by ten to fifteen degrees and and again you talking about appropriate technology of any parts. Parts of the world don't have a electrical grids the way we have in North America. Everybody takes for granted and So you're in a situation there where you have to but but you have to use a what's called appropriate technology. Meaning what's available exactly. There is no electricity in this community and in fact last year was the first year that they they had Clean water that they did not have to call in every day. Well let me go to a Thomas Desisto for a moment and ask you. You're traveling as well as this winter. Break where you going. Yes Group of us. I'm coach each class with Mr Kevin Stapleton State Labor economists in a part time Lecturer University of Vermont and The twenty of us are going always to St Lucia in the Caribbean Saint Lucia for those who don't know about two hundred fifty two hundred seventy miles north of offend as well right on the a foundry of the Caribbean and the Atlantic Ocean. So it's an island. It's actually the exact same Size as shitting county in about the same population relations. So that gives you a sense of the density con I accept it's an island state. An independent wow. That's that's where we're headed. And what are you going to be doing in Saint Lucia. We've been going there for over fifteen years now The connection was made long ago actually through. Jane called whose whose on air with US right now And since that time we've been working with the Ministry of Commerce in Saint Lucia. They invited US many years ago. to go work with them collaborate for a few weeks out of the year on a variety of different projects An and give me a sense of the projects. We're going to be working on this year. Yeah yeah this this year. There's a lot of interest in the banking sector. There's been some changes in the banking world in the in the Caribbean and Particularly around fee structures and so the project is going to be working with the ministry officials there the UVM students will be working with the officials. There putting together a survey for local people that they can G- implement and trying to get a sense of Are people clear about what the fees are. How much is it? Impacting their our lives. Do they have other choices and opportunities for banking those sorts of things. So that'll be really an exciting project for us to work. You're on a few other projects there's another project that goes into the one of the elementary schools. Elementary School for students with special needs and works with them on a gardening project and we also have a project with conservation area. Wow so lots of different things going on they are in and I. It must not be too hard to leave Burlington. This time of year for Saint Lucia is. Yes but it's usually the the day we fly out seems to always be like the coldest day of the year or something like it got so that is definitely I mean. I do want to the students as you said at the top of the segment is that I mean they're on break right now right now put him with their friends runs in families and relaxing and skiing. Whatever it is that they like to do But they're making the conscious choice to fly thousands of miles and and work with with a group of people that goes new them. So it's it's It's definitely exciting. But it's an interesting challenge as well. We definitely I'm sure Jank the same we. They work quite a bit. When we're down there we get to see some beautiful things for those of? You have been to the Caribbean you know how beautiful it is But our workday starts at seven. Am most days days doesn't end until seven PM so We're at the government. Offices were interviewing people having conversations all around the island traveling a lot and so all right so it's not all day at the beach. Hey do four four one seven seven. Seven is the local number here in Waterbury if listeners WANNA weigh in here one eight seven seven to nine one eight two five. Five's the toll free number. We do have a listener online right now. Good Morning Fred for Newbury warning and I'm wondering if you think that the vertical truck five movie the name of the game in the United States would be more cost effective. I think because you could grow your own and you could grow in big big cities so you wouldn't have transportation issues. What do you think? Vertical truck farming won't be think Jane Call It inskeep. WE'LL GO TO I. Well that's kind of a Left field question but Vertical farming is indeed occurring in many cities over the United States A couple of years ago we heard from a fellow in Brooklyn New York whose students actually instituted a wonderful project in vertical farming which is actually pro providing the food for their school. So I can't disagree with you refresh me. What is vertical farming? How does it actually work? Well IT'S ON A. I'm not an expert but it's You uh-huh build your garden beds so to speak on wall of verticals wall and it goes up up the wall and you're growing I think mostly Greens and tomatoes and so on and vine products such as cucumber But that's the way it works. Wow can give you can can get a Lotta acreage that weighs twenty story building just the square of each on each floor. You'd have windows all around. It'd be winner. Hey Hey that could be. That could be a winner. Fred you always come in with a with questions. We were not expecting. Let me put it that way. Thomas Disisto where are you vertical farming going. You WanNa say Lucia well interestingly Because of the the nature of the land is Pretty Limited and so when we do gardening products there there with the with the local schools a lot of times it it is an issue of like finding the right space nearby. The school Either right on their property. Aaron offensive protected area so the land landed at a premium on these in these islands states and oftentimes the produce the lettuce and those sorts of things that are shipped From other countries to to these these islands are extremely expensive and so I know that there's been a lot of interest in over the last ten years in growing food I don't think I would talk about vertical farming I mean but really like Locally produce produce food growing things on your own property as much as you can and a vertical nature does actually make make some amount of sense in the in that area as well. Yeah I guess I mean if I were growing tomato plants and had them flat on the ground versus standing on Iraq of some guy naked. Probably he's more into of you know with the six by six square foot area if I had them on a couple of vertical racks just kind of make sense now that I think of this. So that's that's an interesting I thought and and I I am sort of aware of of this kind of thing happening Especially as Fred mentioned in urban areas where space is tight and so on but So there you go Now I wanted to get back to the main subject of the program here this morning The the the traveling that students are doing over there break at the University of Vermont World. Travel is certainly a great way to learn and absorb ORB other cultures as well as occasionally bringing a skills and knowledge from where you're based to to those parts of the world and Jane Gold Nikki. Is this a regular thing for you. Do you do this pretty much. Every winter break Well for the For the Kenya Project. This is our fourth year going and I will say. My Co instructor is Dr Farrow Bergman from the Department of Nutrition and Food Science The way that that we do this by the way on the program last week we know so. I'm getting to know you folks. I will say that this is not just we fly across the ocean or or whatever just in January. There's a huge amount of preparation and in fact our students in our courses take a whole semester long course in the semester previous to the travel. and Um so that. They are actually preparing themselves in terms of culture in terms of the projects in terms of of the knowledge of community development before we actually let them on the ground. Wow and how many how many students are travelling to Kenya. Can you with this project. This year This year we have a full house and that would be sixteen And I've had the opportunity to actually as Thomas that to to uh-huh start the Saint Lucia project many many years ago. Fifteen I I think and I was also part of the Peru trip that our students take in May and they studied during the spring semester. And I did that for three years as well. So I feel like a seasoned professional in terms of International Education. Yeah that's it. There is always something new to learn. Oh for sure. It's a big world out there and it it it. It does a great opportunity especially for the young folks who are. May you know some of them. Are you coming from from Vermont. Here may not have had that much world traveller in their past and this is an opportunity. I remember my son several years ago. Went Brazil for you on a sort of a study trip for. I think eleven or twelve days or something like that. He's still talk about it. You Know He. He talks about Taking their trip up the tributary of the Amazon meets at Manassas Is it the Rio Negro. Maybe I think Another giant river that doc people don't even a lot of her because they focus on the Amazon being the world's biggest down there and and Any any talks about the the local population the whole you know just a huge learning experience for them and very valuable things so i. I'm glad he's able to do that. And I think the same thing has to apply sided majority of Of these students who are making these kinds of trips as well so let's say that One of the the major things that students didn't say when they come back is that experiences life changing and we have who have never left Vermont all the way to have traveled extensively internationally. Yeah that's that's fascinating is there. Is there much language preparation nor is it usually a case of You you're you're over there with a with a with a group group and Spending your time with group and therefore sticking with English but I think I probably easier response on that Insane Lucia the English is the primary language spoken type of local creole language. Spoken it's not written but But for they're all the government officials and most of the people were but English is the language as you were just mentioning For some sense of never been outside of Vermont before for others. Travel travel to fifty seven countries But what's been so interesting. Is that at least on our turf and you might have a different experience but Previous vacations oftentimes. It doesn't really tell us all that much shooting A really inquisitive You know interested a person who's never traveled before can can do quite well. We'll someone who has traveled with family of a controlled environment have more challenging time so Associates sort of interesting in that manner just to see the different different types of travel. That is yeah that important considerations as well and I and I'm wondering if you're If your students are are at all Do you ever get questions about Air Travel and climate change this Increasing conversation Last year's I think that that It's something that has as move forward will will have to continue monitoring One of the things we we think about it that people are going to be places already. some again for vacations honeymoons. Or what have you And so to go somewhere for real purpose of education and collaborates..

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