When was GTI established?

Green Team International was founded in 2013 as an outgrowth of the ecotourist site, St. Mary’s Peace Farm

Who are the founders?

Anne C. Bailey founded GTI in 2013. She also received substantial support from Mr. Edwin Coleman, Ms. Sharon Burton, Mrs. Daphne Bailey and Mrs. Gretchen H. Bauta.

The Trailblazers- the first Bauta Green Team Scholars

Our History: Back to the Land

The NGO Green Team International, originally an outgrowth of a previous eco-tourism venture in Oracabessa, Jamaica, was founded in 2013. This venture was meant to be a model for how rural communities in the African Diaspora and globally could maximize their natural resources. The NGO is located on 22 acres of well fruited land with three streams in the Jack’s River section of Oracabessa. The property is called St. Mary’s Peace Farm and Park -symbolizing peace within and the promotion of peace in our environment. We are committed to a Back to nature/Back to Basics philosophy with a focus on self-reliance and protecting the environment for future generations.

Since its founding, Green Team has facilitated school field trips to the Nature Preserve; given annual scholarships called The Bauta Green Team Scholarships to young people to continue their education and developed a summer Environmental camp for the local community. GTI also helped develop the Wangari Maathai Environmental Center at Jack’s River Primary school in Oracabessa.

We have also started work on an arboretum of Jamaica’s endemic plants while we continue public awareness programs on the importance of reforestation, alternative energy, recycling and climate change. Finally, we planted over 200 mahogany trees in an area of the farm named Mahogany Walk.

In 2022, we welcomed three new GTI Collegiate Scholars and will welcome six new ones in 2023. We are branching out, revitalizing our Board, and taking on new projects in our core areas of education, heritage, and the environment. Our Projects focus on:

Environmental Preservation

History and Memory


Health and Wellness

Economic Development


Our mission is to empower people in North America, the Caribbean, the African Diaspora and the world in matters concerning education and the environment through community-based grassroots initiatives.

Green Team aims to also RECONNECT people to the land.


Board Members
  1. Anne C Bailey
  2. Bernice deGannes Scott
  3. Hilary Robertson Hickling
Advisory Board
  1. Ms. Sharon Burton
  1. Mr. Edwin Coleman, Farm/Nature Preserve Manager.
  2. Mr. Vivian Foster (with seasonal assistance from members of the Corn Hill community.)
  3. Ms. Sangita Foote, Assistant to Director and Team Member

  4. Mr. Mark Devoux, former team member and Friend of Green Team. R.I.P

GTI Scholars 2022
  • Norlene Jackson
  • Shawn Smith
  • Dominique Johnson

Board Members

Anne C. Bailey is a writer, historian, and professor of History at SUNY Binghamton (State University of New York). In her works of non- fiction, she combines elements of travel, adventure, history, and an understanding of contemporary issues with an accessible style.  She is a US citizen who grew up in Jamaica, WI and in Brooklyn, New York.
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Anne C. Bailey, founder of the NGO, Green Team International, is also committed to making a difference in undeserved communities around the world. She is a longtime champion of environmental, cultural and sustainable development causes including climate change in United States, Africa, the Caribbean and the world.Bailey is also committed to a concept of “living history” in which events of the past are connected to current and contemporary issues. Her non-fiction book, African Voices of the Atlantic Slave Trade: Beyond the Silence and the Shame (Beacon Press) and her current work,  The Weeping Time: Memory and the Largest Slave Auction in American History, (Cambridge University Press, 2017) reflect that commitment. She is also a contributor the acclaimed New York Times Magazine 1619 Project.

Bailey is also the founding Director of the Binghamton University/Harriet Tubman Center for the Study of Freedom and Equity.

Born in Jamaica to William and Daphne Bailey, her work has been informed by extended stays in Paris, London, and West Africa.  Recipient of the Fulbright and Coro Foundation awards, Bailey is also very involved in public history and historical preservation projects.  In her research, writing and public speaking, she highlights the lives and contributions of enslaved people of African descent in the Americas and around the world including her March 2013 intervention at the United Nations commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. Bailey lives in upstate NY but spends time in AFrica and the Caribbean working on various environmental projects.

Dr. Bernice Jacqueline deGannes Scott, Ph.D., Economics

Bernice Jacqueline deGannes-Scott is Associate Professor of Economics at Spelman College, in Atlanta, Georgia.  Dr. deGannes-Scott, who was born in the twin-island nation of Trinidad and Tobago, graduated from York University, Toronto, Canada with the B.A. (Honors) in Economics.  She earned the Master’s and Ph.D. degrees in Economics from Howard University in Washington, D.C.

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Dr. deGannes-Scott ‘s broad areas of research and teaching are economic development and international economics.  Her geographical regions of interest are the Caribbean, Latin America, the African Continent, and Asia.  She has taught a wide range of courses at Spelman College, among which are Environmental Economics, Senior Seminar in Economics, and the mandatory, College-wide courses, ADW 111 and ADW 112, in the African Diaspora and the World (ADW) ProgramIn support of her research and teaching, Dr. deGannes-Scott has participated in faculty development programs and conferences in several countries, including Ghana, Morocco, Ethiopia, Mexico, China, Japan, India, Brazil and Israel.

Dr. deGannes-Scott is the author and co-author of scholarly articles on subjects ranging from the global digital divide to the environmental costs and benefits of waste-water treatment.  She was the recipient of a dissertation fellowship from the Brookings Institution, Washington, D.C., and a Freeman Foundation ASIA Network Fellowship, for study-travel with students to Yokohama and Tokyo, Japan.  Dr. deGannes-Scott was Principal Investigator on the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT)-funded project, The Pilot Entrepreneurial Training and Technical Assistance Women and Girls Program. Her most recent publication is Economic Development in Ghana and Malaysia: A Comparative Analysis. (Routledge Press, 2020). Her professional affiliations include board membership in the International Environmental Association (IEA).

Hilary Robertson-Hickling is a Senior Lecturer in Human Resource Management in the Mona School of Business and Management at the University of the West Indies in Mona Jamaica. She teaches Organizational Behaviour, Organizational Development, Team Building and Management, and Pastoral Care and Counselling  She has studied at the  University of the West Indies , Johns Hopkins University and  the University of Birmingham, England and has taken her concerns about migration and mental health into her research at home in the Caribbean  and into the Caribbean Diaspora.

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She has published more than twenty articles in scholarly journals and several social scholarship articles in the popular press. Specializing in migration studies, she has published a book entitled “White Squall on the Land: Narratives of Resilient Caribbean People published by Hope Road Publishers, London, and “That Time in Foreign” published by Hansib London. She has worked as a management consultant and a psychologist.

In the midst of Emancipation Day, rain fell, lightning flashed, and thunder rolled. Across the English-speaking Caribbean, the descendants of the enslaved in the West and no doubt the descendants of the planters marked the day silently or just enjoyed another holiday.

But as I thought about this season, I realised that here in Jamaica, we had tried to be independent without being emancipated.

Those Jamaicans who declared Independence had not really grappled with what George Beckford described in his landmark publication, Persistent Poverty. The truth is that while some have benefited from the developments in the 57 years of Independence, many are still on the bones of their asses while others have been fatted on the spoils of corruption and patronage.

The idea that mental, physical social and economic freedom would be possible on borrowed multilateral funds is ridiculous. This is happening when a new wave of white supremacy is sweeping the north and the concomitant black inferiority is taking shape with hair, bleached skin and a reversal of the gains of black consciousness.

We cannot transform Jamaica if we continue to be in denial.

Hilary Robertson-Hickling PhD


Mr. Edwin Coleman, Park and Farm Manager

Mr. Coleman is a retired master teacher and agriculturalist from St. Mary, Jamaica. He is a committed public servant who is very involved in many service activities across the region. He holds an executive leadership position in the Friends (Quaker) community through which he has worked extensively with rural youth. He has played a critical role in the development of the Peace Farm since 2010.

Ms. Sangita Foote, Assistant to Director/Team Member

Sangita L. Foote was born and raised in the community of Arnett Gardens other wise known as Trench Town in Kingston Jamaica.

Sangita is creative, driven, considerate and an avid lover of the Peforming Arts. She attended Iris Gelly Primary School where she was appointed a Perfect and Norman Manley High where she served as a Duty Head Girl.

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Presently Sangita works as an Administrative Assistant to the Youth Ministry at Swallowfield Chapel in Kingston, Jamaica. She has been working with GTI on a seasonal basis since 2015.

Sangita’s passion and purpose is to inspire others to be and make a difference in the world and she aims to do this with her creative writings and motivational speaking engagements.

Sangita’s philosophy is “Make your presence felt/known in the world. Live. Learn. Grow. Inspire.”

Psalm 139:14 NIV “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made ; your works are wonderful . “

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