Fresh Fruit at Restoration Village Farm

When visiting Jamaica the first things you’ll notice are the tropical climate and the beautiful beaches. If you really pay attention you’ll notice vibrant colored fruits EVERYWHERE… in the trees, being sold from carts and in the markets. A wide variety of fruits and vegetables are readily available because Jamaica is blessed with many different microclimates and soil types. This allows nearly every tropical product to be grown on the island.

Restoration Village Farm is located in Portland, one of the cooler parishes, and has a wide assortment of fruits intercropped with other produce. Tasting the medley of fruits harvested here should definitely be added to your list of things to do in Jamaica.

On the 60-minute guided walking tour at Restoration Village Farm guests have the ability to taste seasonal fruits produce harvested directly from the property. All the fruits shown in the pictures are in season NOW! Click here, call: 876-571-9533 or email: trevorc@restorationvillagefarm.com to taste these delicious fruits on your guided walking tour today!

SOURCES:

http://www.discoverjamaica.com/gleaner/discover/geography/agriculture.htm

Food Safety

Chef Billy grilling jerk chicken.

Chef Billy grilling jerk chicken.

A recent article published in the Jamaica Gleaner highlights a speech given by the Minister of Health, Dr. Fenton Ferguson, in observance of World Health Day 2015. In his speech titled “Food Safety – From Farm to Plate, Make Food Safe,” Dr. Ferguson urged Jamaicans to play a part in preventing food contamination. He outlined steps to take to ensure the safety of food which include:

Chef Billy dishing out lunch.

Chef Billy dishing out lunch.

Chef Billy washing rice.

Chef Billy washing rice.

  • Keeping surfaces and equipment clean
  • Separating raw and cooked food
  • Cooking food thoroughly
  • Keeping food at safe temperatures and
  • Using safe water and raw materials

“The issue of food safety has to consider the regulation of food production, storage, processing, marketing, shipping/transporting, wholesaling, retailing, spanning farm to table. Unsafe food creates a vicious cycle of disease and malnutrition, particularly affecting infants, young children, the elderly and the infirmed,” Dr. Ferguson said.

At Restoration Village Farm we hold a Food Heath Certificate issued by the Ministry of Health and we are committed to safe food consumption. All those who prepare food at Restoration Village Farm have been trained in food safety and have current Food Handlers Certificates. The farm has been inspected by the Ministry of Health and is licensed to operate a food-handling establishment.

To read more of the Gleaner article visit: http://jamaicagleaner.com/article/health/20150415/jamaicans-must-ensure-they-consume-safe-food

Slowcial Experience at Restoration Village Farm

“Slowcial” is a new trend that requires one to put away smart phones, tablets, laptops, etc. and connect with the present moment to enjoy an ultimately slower, better, nicer experience.

Disconnect, unwind, breathe and enjoy the slowcial experience Restoration Village Farm offers its guests. Relax in the cool air generally found in Portland parish. Surround yourself with sounds of flowing streams, the waterfall replenishing the wading pool that sits below it, the lush greenery speckled with colors of the various flowers, and the birds and butterflies that receive nourishment from them.

Restoration Village Farm’s slowcial experience allows you to reconnect with nature and stimulate your senses through the exploration of this tropical paradise, discovery of the growing crops and medicinal plants as well as farm fresh provisions plucked directly from the land, cooked and served as a savory farm-to-table lunch. Schedule your escape from life’s hustles by clicking here, calling 876-571-9533 or email trevorc@restorationvillagefarm.com.

 

Restoration Village Farm featured in The Gleaner

God is good.  Last week we were contacted by a reporter at the The Gleaner who had heard about Restoration Village Farm and today an article about the farm was featured in the Business section.  We are thankful to God and all of those who have supported our efforts to do God’s will through the farm.

To read the full article, click on the link below:

http://jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20150111/business/business1.html

Spend the Day in the Rio Grande Valley

Spend the Day in the Rio Grande Valley at Restoration Village Farm and Rafting on the Rio Grande

A group from the United States on the tour before rafting on the Rio Grande.

A group from the United States on the tour before rafting on the Rio Grande.

A group from the Netherlands that toured the farm is pictured here before rafting on the Rio Grande.

A group from the Netherlands that toured the farm is pictured here before rafting on the Rio Grande.

A visit to Restoration Village Farm includes:

  • Taking our 60 minute guided walking tour
  • Cooling off in an in-stream wading pool
  • Hiking the natural terrain
  • Enjoying a farm-hand style lunch and
  • Relaxing in our scenic and serene environment

After visiting the farm, some of our guests have decided to go rafting down the Rio Grande from nearby Berrydale.  Come early and visit the farm and make a day of it in the Rio Grande Valley, Port Antonio.

Bussu Soup: A Taste of Portland

Overhead view of ORCS students eating Bussu SoupWhen traveling to Portland, having a cup of Bussu Soup is a cultural experience, exclusive to this parish, that all must have. Bussu is found in the waters of the Rio Grande and its contributing tributaries. So what is Bussu? Bussu is a small freshwater shellfish similar to snail or conch. It is removed from the water, shelled, boiled until tender in soup.

At Restoration Village Farm, our version of Bussu Soup includes Irish (white potatoes), carrots, noodles (packages of noodle soup mix), dasheen, dumplings (boiled flour mix), pumpkin, coconut juice, pimento, thyme, escallion (scallion) and of course Bussu.

ORCS students eating Bussu SoupBussu Soup is served on special occasions. The pictures show children from the Operation Restoration Christian School enjoying a cup of Bussu during their recent field trip to the farm.

Schedule your Restoration Village Farm visit for a chance at A Taste of Portland with the exclusive, exquisite Bussu Soup by clicking here or selecting Book Your Tour in the dropdown menu under Agritourism.

Let us know your group needs and we can plan a Bussu soup day for you.

Things To Do At Restoration Village Farm

  1. 2Enjoy a relaxing dip in our wading pool surrounded by gently flowing waterfalls
  2. Eat authentic Jamaican food
  3. Take in Jamaica’s beauty (Blue Mountains, John Crow Mountains, and various flowers and blossoms growing on the farm)
  4. Spot a beautiful doctor bird (Jamaica’s national bird) or one of Jamaica’s other endemic or native birds, and
  5. Participate in a cultural experience that highlights the true essence of Jamaican living in Toms Hope, Portland, Jamaica.

In addition to being a working farm, we offer 45-60 minute guided walking tours through the property. After ascending the stairway carved directly into the hillside that is accented with various trees and flowers, one of the first stops is Restoration Village Farm’s natural wading pool and waterfall. The area is surrounded with large shade trees, colourful benches, and a changing room where guests can put on their swimsuits to take a dip.

140825 Young Doctor bird AKA streamertail hummingbirdWhether you stop at the wading pool or continue your climb up the tour path, the fresh air is filled with the chirps and hums of the numerous endemic (i.e. exclusively Jamaican) birds. You may spot the beautiful iridescent colours of Jamaica’s national bird (the swallow tail humming bird or “doctor bird”)  as it hovers over the bright blossoms of the heliconia or rests in the branches of a moringa tree.

140116 Blue mountainsThroughout the tour, when there’s a break in the lush leaves of the trees, be prepared to take in the breathtakingly stunning views of the John Crow Mountains and the world renowned Blue Mountains. Look in any direction and you will be blessed with the sights of Jamaica’s natural beauty. Remember to bring your camera!

140801 Billy grilling jerk chickenWhen the tour is over, your final destination is the Village Centre where the kitchen and shaded dining area are located. It is here where you can participate in a cultural experience that highlights the true essence of Toms Hope living by enjoying a “farm-hand” style lunch. Chef Billy picks various crops directly from the land to prepare food and drink for farm-hands and guests alike.

Click here or select Book Your Tour in the dropdown menu under Agritourism to schedule your visit today!

The Farm Is An Agri-Tourism Destination

The Agricultural Marketing Resource Center defines agritourism as the act of visiting a working farm or any agricultural, horticultural or agribusiness operation to enjoy, be Unknowneducated or be involved in activities. As the idea of agritourism grows in popularity, Restoration Village Farm is happy to offer an authentic agritourism experience to Jamaicans and agri-lovers all over the world.

IMG_2966Located 5 miles south of Port Antonio in Toms Hope, Portland, Jamaica, Restoration Village Farm is decorated by breathtaking views of the John Crow Mountains and the world-renowned Blue Mountains. We feature a 45-60 minute walking tour (detailed on our Agritourism page), a waterfall accompanied by a wading pool, multiple shaded areas with benches, a full kitchen and dining area operated by our very own chef (who prepares lunch with crops harvested direct from the farm) and of course, complimentary fresh coconut water supplied directly from Restoration Village Farm’s coconut trees.

140710 Blue Mountains 3When branding ourselves as an agritourism destination it is very important that we take care of the beautiful land God provided for us. All of our farming practices are eco-friendly in the sense that we do not use any chemicals or machinery that could be harmful to the environment.

130319 Solar generator

 

Restoration Village Farm is also minimizing the amount of greenhouse gasses used to operate the farm by using a portable solar generator for electrical purposes.  We take personal responsibility for our role in global warming by reducing our contribution to the carbon footprint as much as possible.

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We invite you to visit Restoration Village Farm to explore, discover and taste some of the best Portland, Jamaica has to offer. Click here or select Book Your Tour in the dropdown menu under Agritourism to enjoy your next agritour, Jamaican retreat or family reunion. We look forward to seeing you soon!