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Better Life Gardening Project February 2018 Workshops

Thurs 8th Feb: Local Medicinal Herbs & Herb Drying

Tues 13th Feb: Organic Pesticides, Common Disease Problems, & Pest of Ornamentals and Fruit Trees

Thurs 15th Feb: Growing Common Herbs

Tues 20th Feb: Growing Non-traditional Crops

Limited Space. Contact BARP to register at 538-2277 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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View the presentation for the Better Life Gardening Project workshops held on February 21 and March 1, 2017 at Skymall, Haggatt Hall.













The Barbados Association of Retired Persons Inc. (BARP) would like to thank the Global Environment Facility Small Grants Programme (GEF SGP), implemented by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) for the grant provided for the implementation of the Better Life Gardening Project as well as for the guidance and support provided by the National Coordinator and Programme Assistant during the period in review.

A sincere thank you is also extended to the Ministry of Agriculture, Food, Fisheries and Water Resource Management for their partnership through a portion of land at Bullens Agricultural Station, Holders Hill, St James and also the technical assistance provided by their staff. A special thank you is offered to the Permanent Secretary, Mr Esworth Reid and the present and former Officers in Charge at Bullens Agricultural Station, Mr Anthony Phillips and Mr Bernard Thompson respectively.

We also thank the Board of Directors, Management and Staff of BARP as well as the members of the Project Team, especially the trainers for their contribution to the project.








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.

The objectives:
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.








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View the presentation for the recently completed Better Life Gardening Project workshops held on February 21 and March 1, 2017 at Skymall, Haggatt Hall.













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