About Me

Shacara O. Lightbourne

Shacara Lightbourne, is the CEO and Founder of island Foodology, a company whose foundation is in social entrepreneurship and committed to fostering sustainable agricultural products services and training. Ms. Lightbourne is an agriculture professional and technician with over 20 years experience in the field both nationally and internationally. 


She began her academic career at the University of The Bahamas (former College of The Bahamas) in A.A. Agriculture Programme and subsequently completed her studies in the Bsc. programme in Animal and Poultry Science at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, SK, Canada.  Ms. Lightbourne is the former Acting Country Representative and Technical Coordinator for the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) Delegation in The Bahamas where she served for 10 years. IICA is a specialized agency within the Inter-American system that provides technical assistance in agriculture and rural development in the hemisphere. She has traveled to many countries to gain training and experience in her field in topics of technical significance to The Bahamas. Ms. Lightbourne is an advisor to both the public and private sector including being a member of the Tourism Development Corporation’s (TDC) Agri-tourism Council. Ms. Lightbourne has conducted and facilitated many workshops over the years. Some were in the areas of agri-tourism, aquaponics, backyard farming, market information systems, Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP), Good Agricultural Practices (GAPS), apiculture (beekeeping), integrated farm management, stakeholder consultations and professional development training for agriculture teachers at the Ministry of Education.

Ms. Lightbourne believes that knowledge transfer and exposure are key to growing the agricultural sector and hopes to hire and train more young Bahamians to be a part of the Island Foodology team as the company grows.