Clean up from the heavy rains continues…

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!

Here are some photos of the damage and clean up:

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

World Heritage Site

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.

To learn more about the addition of the Blue and John Crow Mountains to UNESCO’s World Heritage List view the aforementioned article here: http://m.jamaicaobserver.com/mobile/latestnews/Blue-and-John-Crow-Mountains-inscribed-to-UNESCO-s-Prestigious-World-Heritage-list

*Additional source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Heritage_Site

 

Testimonial

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.

IMG_5303“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!”

Schedule Day Excursions for your groups by calling: 876-571-9533 or emailing: trevorc@restorationvillagefarm.com.

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