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.
This visit has deeper meaning however, as it shows the amount of respect that has been earned by the REAP organization. The additional exposure to the community means that more people could be involved in the design, implementation and overall success of the project. From the response that was garnered, REAP can count on the support from the people that will be the users of the system. A good feeling for the ASU EPICS team that has spearheaded the research and development of the greenhouse systems.
The other group that Carol and Tyler were able to co-present together was at the Rotary Club of Anthem on the 14th of April. Rotary, a worldwide community service organization, is made up of a diverse group of individuals from all walks of life. This only furthers to increase REAP’s networking and future interactions with Rotary are planned. Below are a few excerpts from those presentations.