Good Food Revolution workshop starts

The Good Food Revolution Project – a call to action to farmers, retailers and consumers to “grow, buy, consume organic” – is a partnership between RISE, the Ministry of Sustainable Development, Energy, Science and Technology (MSDEST) and the Ministry of Agriculture, funded in part by UNDP Global Environment Facility (GEF) Small Grants Programme, and launched during Nobel Laureate week in January.

The project which seeks to create a national environment that promotes healthy food consumption, revolutionizing food production by removing toxic chemicals and harmful GMOs from the Saint Lucian Food Chain, through a 3-pronged approach: consumer awareness-raising and education, farmer training and national policy development, enters a new phase of farmer training which has attracted further support from partners such as the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) and the St. Lucia Hotel and Tourism Association (SLHTA).

On May 3rd 2016 a group of 40 farmers will begin a journey together, facilitated by Good Food Revolution consultants Damian Adjodha, Thaddeus Constantine and Johanan Dujon, to revolutionize the way food is produced in St. Lucia. The focus of the training will be creating an understanding of a farm as a living ecosystem that produces food:  Agro-ecosystem.  

The first block of training will take place over 3 months with sessions designed to train growers in advanced organic practical techniques following a ‘field-school’ format.

 To obtain the certificate of completion, participants will start their own organic test plot, documenting the entire process.

 The workshop will also introduce farmers to the organic certification process, to regional and international standards, and to organic Business Plan development.

 The final session will be a forum for growers to put forward and explore ideas to create a vibrant and lucrative organic production industry in Saint Lucia.

Participants will receive hundreds of dollars in organic farming supplies and tools, and a 3- part manual as incentive for successfully participating in the program.  

The Good Food Revolution has to date received funding in part from the UNDP GEF SGP, IICA and the St. Lucia Hotel &Tourism Association.