In 2013, we set out to make our own wine in Cairo where alcohol was regulated. In a bid to create our own wine, we started a revolution of making our own everything to create sustainable living. Finding myself in a one bedroom greenhouse I started growing mint, tomatoes and bell peppers. The bell peppers at the store were all GMO and expensive. Day dreaming of living off the grid on a large scale, I was stuck in Washington D.C. with a strip of soil in my living room. I shelved my dream of idyllic country living and decided to do what I could, with what I had.
Once, I hosted the ‘Ladies who love to read' book club meeting and the ladies were amazed at how much I was farming on a small strip. One of the ladies messaged me the next day and said that she had picked up a sweet bell pepper plant and planned to plant some tomatoes too. She said that she was inspired by how I lived. This is how I would like to be remembered: as an inspiration
Nicole and I are working towards making the best wines in Africa as a way to support livelihoods and increase employment opportunities. We are forging ahead, calling our project the Stead after the Urban Homestead® model and with no small means of blood, sweat and tears; we will work to transform our dreams into an industry that supplies wines and organic produce all year-round
Please visit our customized program via our "Stead Farm Stand" that can also be found online at: www.thestead.org/farmstand