Ian McNeel inherited a sand quarry but he wanted to change the narrative, creating a story filled with possibilities and not limiting beliefs. He set out to regenerate 300 acres of land that has been quarried over the last 50 years; beginning a project that will have far reaching effects for our environment and our people.
Ian McNeel is a social entrepreneur, impact investor, permaculturalist and responsible business leader. Always challenging the limits of what’s possible,Ian has most recently been leveraging his 21 years as an entrepreneur and successful international business executive to lead the transition of Walker’s Sand Quarry into Walker’s Reserve. Walkers Reserve strives for food security, resource protection and climate resilience for the Island and the Caribbean region. Ian’s lifelong passion for environmental stewardship, youth education, organic food and agriculture, led him to Slow Food International and subsequently to the co-founding of Slow Food Barbados. Slow Food Barbados is a not for profit organisation which is helping to facilitate a reconnection to “good, clean and fair” food on the Island through its farm to table events, which connect organic growers to chefs and consumers and school garden initiatives reminding the youth where food comes from and how it’s grown.
This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx