The flooding from the storm December 1st through 2nd did extensive damage to the Port Antonio area roads including the road leading to Restoration Village Farm. Unfortunately, due to higher priorities, the Parish Council would not clear the road to the farm so we hired a private contractor to clear the road of the tons of debris caused by the landslide from a neighbor’s farm. We needed to get our banana harvest to market! The clearing of the road was not an easy process and it has taken a lot longer than anticipated but the road is now passable with a 4-wheel drive vehicle. Additional rains have come, however, so there is a need for continuous clearing of mud off the road.
Clean up on the farm also continues. There were several landslides that deposited soil, rocks and trees in undesired places. For example, the flat area in front of the kitchen and pavilion looked like a field of pineapple plants! The pool was completely filled with mud and rocks so that needed to be cleaned out. The farm workers are working hard to get the farm back into shape for tours. We welcome your prayers!
Widespread flooding overnight in Port Antonio and surrounding areas has caused landslides on the road leading to and also on the farm. All tours have been cancelled until the road becomes passable. Stay tuned for pictures and updates…
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: email@example.com to taste these delicious fruits on your guided walking tour today!
Last week we posted an article, which announced the Blue and John Crow Mountains were recently inscribed into the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) “World Heritage List”. A World Heritage Site is a place that is listed by UNESCO as being of special cultural or physical significance.
The Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park spans sections of the parishes of St. Andrew, St. Thomas and Portland. Being that Restoration Village Farm is located in the foothills of the John Crow mountains we believe it is a well-deserved honor, as we take in the gorgeous views of the Blue and John Crow Mountains everyday.
After viewing various pictures (see below) of the breathtaking views we have at Restoration Village Farm it’s clear to see why the Blue and John Crow Mountains were added to the List after a unanimous decision from a 21-member committee.
Schedule a walking tour with us for access to amazing views of Jamaica’s first World Heritage Site by clicking here! In addition to the views, enjoy our 60-minute educational guided walking tour, wading pool and a complimentary farm-to-table lunch.
The sky was clear today and we had an awesome view of the Blue & John Crow Mountains from the farm.
On April 7, 20 boys from The Cub Scouts and Stella Maris Preparatory School enjoyed educational farming activities on a Day Excursion at Restoration Village Farm. After their day at the farm, the trip coordinator sent us the following testimonial.
“We had a Fantastic Day at the farm! The boys really enjoyed themselves and learnt a whole lot in the process. They were excited about planting the ginger and peas. They really loved eating the Cocoa pods, they now know where chocolate comes from. Its a great farm. The boys are giving great reviews to their parents. One little boy told his mum it was an amazing day. I realize that many of the boys have never seen a lot of these trees and foods before much less a farm so it was a really good experience for them. One little boy had papaya for the very first time and liked it.
I have to commend all of your staff; they are really helpful and knowledgeable. Customer service is top notch. Rodger, Rohan and Elaine were superb. Tell them to keep up the good work.
The food was Wow. Tasted so good. Big up the chefs.
We had a memorable day!
And I want to thank you once again for your generosity for giving the Scouts discounted prices. It really made it possible for us to make the trip.
Thanks from the Cub Scouts pack, Stella Maris Prep, teachers and parents. The boys had a great day!”
Captain William Bligh is credited with introducing the Otaheite apple or cocoplum to Jamaica in 1793 (4). The fruit thrives in sub-tropical environments and therefore can be found in abundance throughout Jamaica. (1).
The Otaheite apple is typically freshly picked and enjoyed raw by Jamaicans. Otaheite apples can also be made into wine, however they are most commonly mixed with ginger and lime juice to create a refreshing summery drink. They can also be stewed with ginger flavored syrup and be served over ice cream (3).
In addition to being consumed as a sweet treat, the Otaheite apple has many healing properties and medicinal uses. Otaheite apples are a good source of vitamin C, calcium, thiamine and riboflavin. They are also a powerful antioxidant and have high water content (1). When consumed in abundance the fruit has been shown to be beneficial to diabetics; prevent the development of cancer in the breast and the prostate; lower cholesterol and act as a diuretic (2). Medicinal uses for this fruit around the world include: fever, rheumatism, diarrhea, pain and epilepsy.
Savor this delicious super-food and other fresh seasonal produce by clicking here, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 876-571-9533 to schedule a walking tour at Restoration Village Farm. Walking tours allow guests to taste fresh seasonal produce such as its otaheite apple and enjoy a complimentary farm fresh lunch at noon.
The beloved and delicious Breadfruit is noted to have made its way to Jamaica in 1793 via Captain William Bligh (1). Bligh considered the breadfruit an inexpensive and nutritious source of feeding the large number of slaves working in Jamaica’s then numerous sugar plantations (2).
Breadfruit was widely planted (3) and flourished as Jamaica’s tropical climate and elevation is an ideal habitat for the fruit. Breadfruit has become a staple in authentic Jamaican cuisine. It ‘s gluten-free and can be baked, fried, boiled, jerked, roasted (as shown in pictures), juiced and even powdered and then used to make dumplings, porridge, muffins, fritters and bun (6).
According to nutrition-and-you.com, health benefits of breadfruit include anti-oxidant properties; it’s a great source of vitamin C, potassium, iron, calcium, zinc, selenium, manganese and more; its fiber content, which helps reduce blood cholesterol and blood pressure; it’s rich in many vital B-complex groups of vitamins; and breadfruit seeds contain average levels of protein.
Some beauty benefits of eating breadfruit are its low in fat content (4) and the presence of fatty acids Omega 3 and Omega 6, which promote hair growth, regulate metabolism and enhance skin tone (5).
Enjoy the Caribbean delicacy that is breadfruit and reap its medicinal and beauty benefits by clicking here, emailing email@example.com or calling 876-571-9533 to schedule a walking tour at Restoration Village Farm. Walking tours allow guests to taste fresh seasonal produce such as breadfruit and enjoy a complimentary farm fresh lunch for tours taken by 1pm.
Did you know pineapples have anti-inflammatory & anti-cancer properties? Pineapple is the major source of Bromelain. Bromelain has been used to reduce inflammation in arthritis, sinusitis, inflammatory bowel disease, sports injuries, trauma, burns, prostatitis and more. This enzyme has been effective in suppressing the growth of some human cancer cells, including melanoma. Bromelain has also been linked to heart & circulatory health, improvements in asthma & other breathing conditions. The tougher circle at the center has more concentrated Bromelain than the surrounding tender fruit.
STYLECRAZE reports that Pineapples even have amazing skin & hair benefits! When ingested, the presence of Vitamin C and Bromelain can help clear acne and enrich hair follicles for thicker hair; it can be used topically as an exfoliator; and adding coconut oil and use it as a natural cure for chapped lips.
These young pineapples are emerging now at Restoration Village Farm. In 3-6 months there will be hundreds of pineapples available for nyamming on your scheduled walking tour and for sale. Schedule your guided walking tour by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 876-571-9533.
“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 email@example.com.