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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

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PURPOSE
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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The benefits of vegetables to health

  • Therapeutic and nutritional benefits of gardening
  • Lowering non communicable diseases

The value of plants

  • What is a vegetable/fruit?
  • What is organic gardening?
  • The relevance of climate change
  • Importance of climate smart gardening and sustainability

Safety aspects  

Demonstration of raised beds

  • Solutions to location challenges/limited space
  • Approaches to planting
    • Planting in open beds, square foot gardening, the permaculture approach or planting in containers
    • Aquaponics and organoponic systems (field trip)
    • Importance and aims of irrigation/water harvest
    • Bed preparation: tillage; incorporating organic matter (types, amounts, placement)
      • The importance of soil and why soil pH is important? (Compost in containers)
      • Organic matter
      • Preparing plant beds

      Grow boxes

      Growing in containers (types and uses)

Soil and Compost

What to grow?

  • Direct seeded vs seedlings
  • Companion crops
  • Crop rotation groups and varieties

Preparation and How to Plant?

  • Garden Plan – importance of having a good planting technique
  • Planting - How to sow seeds?/ How to produce seedlings?/ Care of seedlings
  • Hardening off and Transplanting

The Garden Plan

Sustainable Plant Care

  • Watering techniques
    • Irrigation and water harvesting (efficient water use)
    • Setting up irrigation

Mulching

  • Types and how to apply

Managing Pests and Diseases

  • Control Strategies
  • Organic Pest Controls
    • Insect spray
    • Neem
    • Compost tea
    • Soap
  • Use of protective structures, greenhouses, row covers, etc.

Fertilizing – Reinvigorating soils

  • Organic fertilizers with compost
  • Making compost as a soil amendment
  • Making fertilizer
  • Roles that bacteria play

Managing Pests and Diseases

  • Control Strategies/ Organic Pest Controls

 

 

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Bridgetown, 4 th March 2016 – With the growing concern over the prevalence of non-

communicable diseases in Barbados, the Barbados Association of Retired Persons (BARP) has
developed a strategy to promote healthy living, improve productivity and sustainability of local
food gardening. With funding support from the Global Environment Facility Small Grants
Programme (GEF SGP), implemented by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), BARP
through the Education Committee will be implementing the Better Life Gardening Project which
aims to equip both BARP members and the wider public with best practices to grow sustainable
home gardens.

On Friday March 4, the Barbados Association of Retired Persons (BARP) officially launched the
Better Life Gardening Project. This initiative is a continuation of the BARP on the Move campaign;
the Association’s ongoing initiative targeted at managing, preventing and lowering the high
incidence of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) among its members and the nation. Research
reveals that hypertension, which is one of the most important risk factors for heart disease, affects
approximately 27% of the local population (Chronic Non-communicable Diseases (NCDs) Facts in
the Caribbean, Healthy Caribbean Coalition). The Better Life Gardening Project seeks to combine
the therapeutic effects of gardening; relaxation, stress reduction, improved physical and mental
health with nutritional benefits that come from eating freshly picked food and food grown closer
to source.

It is anticipated that the project will have a positive impact on national food security, climate
change readiness, environmental sustainability, and health and nutrition. BARP is extremely
excited about this UN sponsored project which we believe could have a national impact.
The project will feature hands on training in various growing techniques while making important
linkages to health and wellness as well as nutrition. The objective is to train groups of BARP
members on sustainable gardening practices from sowing seeds through to harvesting and the
preservation of foods including the solar drying of produce. These sessions will be recorded and
made available online to the 40,000 plus members of BARP.

Key stakeholders present at the launch included officials from the GEF SGP UNDP, Ministries of
Agriculture and Health as well as the Barbados Agricultural Society.

Published in News

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 pdfDownload the Participant Registration Form »

Bridgetown, 4 th March 2016 – With the growing concern over the prevalence of non-

communicable diseases in Barbados, the Barbados Association of Retired Persons (BARP) has
developed a strategy to promote healthy living, improve productivity and sustainability of local
food gardening. With funding support from the Global Environment Facility Small Grants
Programme (GEF SGP), implemented by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), BARP
through the Education Committee will be implementing the Better Life Gardening Project which
aims to equip both BARP members and the wider public with best practices to grow sustainable
home gardens.

On Friday March 4, the Barbados Association of Retired Persons (BARP) officially launched the
Better Life Gardening Project. This initiative is a continuation of the BARP on the Move campaign;
the Association’s ongoing initiative targeted at managing, preventing and lowering the high
incidence of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) among its members and the nation. Research
reveals that hypertension, which is one of the most important risk factors for heart disease, affects
approximately 27% of the local population (Chronic Non-communicable Diseases (NCDs) Facts in
the Caribbean, Healthy Caribbean Coalition). The Better Life Gardening Project seeks to combine
the therapeutic effects of gardening; relaxation, stress reduction, improved physical and mental
health with nutritional benefits that come from eating freshly picked food and food grown closer
to source.

It is anticipated that the project will have a positive impact on national food security, climate
change readiness, environmental sustainability, and health and nutrition. BARP is extremely
excited about this UN sponsored project which we believe could have a national impact.
The project will feature hands on training in various growing techniques while making important
linkages to health and wellness as well as nutrition. The objective is to train groups of BARP
members on sustainable gardening practices from sowing seeds through to harvesting and the
preservation of foods including the solar drying of produce. These sessions will be recorded and
made available online to the 40,000 plus members of BARP.

Key stakeholders present at the launch included officials from the GEF SGP UNDP, Ministries of
Agriculture and Health as well as the Barbados Agricultural Society.

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