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Organic Foods in Barbados

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Laura Lasry

on 17 July 2014

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Organic Foods in Barbados

A Larger Bajan Organic Farm
Nature's Produce, Inc.
Operated by Tim Walsh
Located in St. Peter Parish
Northeast of Holetown
Agricultural Acreage: 30 ha
What is Organic Food?
“Agrochemicals such as pesticides, insecticides, herbicides, synthesized fertilizers, or genetically modified organisms are not being used for the growing process”

Production of organic food complies with organic standards set by national governments and international organizations.
There is a growing demand for local organic produce

Increase of farmers' markets and farmer associations and cooperatives
Redland Farm Shop
Example of a Small Size Organic Farm in Barbados
Kevin’s Farm

Sharon Lopez, Kesner Dabady & Laura Lasry
AEBI 423
July 16, 2014

Operated by Kevin Wason
Located in the parish of St John
Next to the Codrington College
Agricultural acreage: 3 acres
Production system
Crop Production
Techniques of production
Low productivity
Soil erosion
Insects: caterpillars, aphids, african snails
Animals: monkeys, birds, thieves

Mixed farming (Livestock/crops)
Three black belly sheep
Grazing system
Rotational grazing
Crops grown are:
Kale, lettuce, sweet and hot peppers, cassava, sugar cane, beans, pumkin, herbs etc.

Only organic fertilizers (sheep manure)
Raised beds
Drip irrigation
Crop rotation

Pest and weed control
Insects: Spray Bt
Monkeys: newspaper technique awful smell liquids techniques
Weeds: manual

Marketing of produce
Sold at farmers market

Challenges in the Organic Food Market
Personal Interview from:
Kevin Wason, June 24, 2014
Timothy Walsh, July 3, 2014

Scialabba, Nadia. "Factors Influencing Organic Agriculture Policies With a Focus on Developing Countries ." IFOAM Scientific Conference, 2000 Web. 10 June 2014.

Momsen, Janet Henshall. "Caribbean Peasantry Revisited: Barbadian Farmers over Four Decades." Southeastern Geographer 45.2 (2005): 206-221 .ProQuest. Web. 10 June 2014.

Momsen, Janet Henshall. "Sustainable Food for Sustainable Tourism in the Caribbean: Integrated Pest Management and Changes in the Participation of Women ." Sustainable Development : National Aspirations and Local Implementation (2006): 160-173. ProQuest. Web. 10 June 2014.

Future Center Trust (2001)"Farmers Markets Support Eating Local and Organic in Barbados". Business Barbados. http://businessbarbados.com/trending/green-business/farmers-markets-support-eating-local-organic/

Increase in the cost of land
competition with the tourism sector
competition with new developemts

Government Aid
Incentive and encourage younger generations to focus on organic food production
Actively promote organic foods
Laws put in place against the use of some agrochemicals for environmental and produce quality concerns,

Organic certification & food
easily available to all
Land made available
Organic certification should be subsidized.
Information about sustainable farming methods should be more readily available

one common definition of "organic foods" should be agreed upon
Production System
Mixed farming (crops and livestock)
Free Range Egg-laying hens
Crop Production
Diversity of crops:
tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots
sweet peppers, hot peppers,
cauliflower, bora beans, bok choy
baby fennel bulbs, eggplant
mangoes, avocado pears, papaya
cantaloupe, honeydew melon
limes, passionfruit, Bajan cherry
thyme, rosemary, cilantro
chives, dill, lemongrass
mint, marjoram, basil
tarragon, purple basil
parsley (local + Italian)
edible flowers:
zucchini, tarragon, water spinach
mung bean, sunflower, wheat grass
Crop Production
Only organic fertilizers
fish sediment
chicken manure
Raised beds
Drip irrigation
Crop rotation
Shading, netting
Elevated hydroponic system
Techniques of production
Insects: caterpillars, aphids, african snails
Animals: monkeys, birds, thieves
Weeds: hand-pulled
Plant Diseases
Low employee productivity
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