The BARP Better Life Gardening Project was conceptualised in an effort to encourage the sustainability of local backyard gardening and to increase public education and awareness in relation to the link between healthy eating, good nutrition and the reduction of non-communicable diseases (NCDs). Given the burgeoning membership of BARP, the project creates a prime opportunity to encourage gardening activity to be done in a sustainable manner specifically targeting BARP members.
The overall goal of the project:
To improve the productivity and sustainability of local food gardening and to increase public education and awareness in relation to healthy eating.
1. To train groups of BARP members (2 groups/15 per course) directly on sustainable gardening practices, over a period of one year;
2. To share all training materials with all BARP members (40,000 plus) and families, through online streaming/display and use of other media;
3. To sensitise all BARP members to the need for mitigation, adaption/resilience to climate change and its linkages between wholesome food and good health and;
4. To sensitise government to the needs of civil society in relation to sustainable gardening practices.
The workshops comprised of lectures and practical demonstrations over a four-week period from Tuesday October 18 to Thursday November 10, 2016. At the end of the training period, a field trip to St Andrew was held on Tuesday November 15, 2016.
In total, there were four (4) lectures and four (4) demonstrations; the lectures were held on Tuesdays in Seminar Room 2, Sky Mall, Haggatt Hall, St Michael and demonstrations were held on Thursdays at Bullens Agricultural Station, Holders Hill, St James.