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…
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!”
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 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.