SEC hosts two more farming workshops

Farmers of Salisbury got the opportunity to learn more about organic farming methods on a field trip to the Broad Meadows in Bellevue Chopin on May 27.

The Broad Meadows is an organic center, owned and operated by Mr. Gordon Royer, a member of the Bellevue Chopin Organic Farmers Movement.

The educational field trip was organized by the Salisbury Enhancement Committee (SEC), as part of the capacity building project, funded by the European Union (EU) and the Government of Dominica funded SFA Framework for Agri-Business Development and Enterprise (FADE) Project.

Royer describes production of organic liquid fertiliser

Sixteen farmers witnessed and received instructions on the stages of compost preparation, and a variety of organic pest control and soil fertility options. Royer, who conducted the session, explained the process through which compost is produced, and displayed compost heaps in various stages of the curing process.

In response to a question by one of the visiting farmers, Royer explained that organic farming is now the preferred method of producing crops, but in order for a farmer to be successful he must be willing to invest his time, effort and resources.

He continued to explain that the quality of the produce, and the overall well-being of the consumers makes his venture very rewarding. He encouraged those present to practice the information that they have learned on their farms. Several of the farmers purchased bags of compost and liquid fertilizer from the Broad Meadows.

The field trip was a follow-up of an Organic Farming Workshop hosted by SEC in April, and a Farm Finance Workshop held on May 19, 2010. Mr. Ellingworth Edwards facilitated the session on Farm Finance Management under the theme “Farming is a Business.” At that workshop, famers learnt the importance of keeping farm records and budgeting as a tool in managing farm finances.

All of the sessions planned by the SEC were geared towards boosting the farming business in the community.

SEC’s Chairman Curth Charles, in sentiments shared by Vice Chairman Kervin Vidal, explained that farming is a pillar of the Salisbury economy, and that no effort should be spared in improving the knowledge base of the farmers, and creating opportunities for marketing.

Special emphasis was placed on organic farming as plans are being developed to create an organic farming movement within the community.


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  1. MIG
    June 5, 2010

    Good initiative SCE. I hope that many more farmers take advantage of the opportunity, Salisbury Ahead.

  2. June 5, 2010

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  3. June 5, 2010

    Good Internet Newspaper Online Media .I find that it is a very good site of news.I send this site to my friend
    Much needed shift in the winds! I hope other farmers get on board

  4. Jae
    June 4, 2010

    Great news for the community.Much needed shift in the winds! I hope other farmers get on board island wide!

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