August 1st, 2011

When Oysters Grew on Trees

Of course, oysters don’t grow on trees.┬áBut oysters do grow in shallow coastal waters, as do mangrove trees. The mangrove roots provide a good habitat for the oysters, and the oysters filter the water around the mangroves. So these two very different species can coexist in a way that at low tide it looks as if the oysters are actually a fruit of the mangrove tree.

One of the fantastic stories that circulated back across the Atlantic from Early European explorers was of oysters growing on trees in this New World. So the Oystertree is a mythological creature, inspired in part by the Gulf of Mexico at its healthiest. But there is also a larger truth of abundance accurately told through the myth of the Oystertree: that the whole can be greater than the sum of its parts. Thus, our goal at Oystertree Consulting is similarly to make the whole greater than the sum. We do that by adding measurable green building and sustainability outcomes to affordable housing and community development goals, seeking social justice ends through environmentally and economically sustainable means.

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