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Volunteers Create Program for Regenerative and Organic Agriculture at the High School and Collegiate Level

As the Jamaican Sustainable Farm Enterprise Program (JSFEP) and The Source Farm Foundation (SFF) has been working with its educational partners and hosts for this volunteer assignment, The College of Agriculture, Science, and Education (CASE) and St. Thomas Technical High School (STTHS), it has become apparent that one of the barriers to regenerative and organic agriculture (ROA) education in Jamaica is the lack of effective model programs and curriculums at the high school and college level. To begin addressing this need in what we hope will be a multiple trip volunteer assignment, JSFEP brought in Chip Hope, from May 17-24, 2015 to do an initial program assessment with suggestions for program development and site development options.

Permaculture Expert Teaches at One One Coco

The Source Farm Foundation hosts the annual One One Coco Organic Agriculture School every February. This year, a volunteer was requested to teach Permaculture methods to the students, who were aspiring organic growers from the area of St. Thomas Parish. The volunteer was expected to provide technical assistance in drought-resistant agricultural methods, earthworks for hillside farming, surface water management, erosion control, and low-flow irrigation systems design.

Sustainable Organic Farming Methods Taught in Jamaica

Source Farm Foundation (SFF) requested assistance for local farmers they are working with to help the farmers establish best practices for proper land preparation that meet organic standards, strengthen their ability to develop crop plans and budgets, and improve the farmers market that provides their main marketing outlet. Alex Hitt, of Peregrine Farm, Graham NC and the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Farmers' Markets, Inc. was selected to provide technical assistance based on his 33 years of experience in all aspects of horticultural crop production and in teaching and training new farmers in sustainable farming techniques, and his service on the board of Directors of the 35 year old, farmer run and U.S. nationally known, Carrboro Farmers' Market for 29 years.

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