Slow Food Barbados Educational Gardens Programme aims to reconnect youth with where their food comes from by teaching them how to grow, cook and enjoy real food.
What We Do
To date Slow Food Barbados has installed 17 gardens at 16 schools and institutions across the island. We continue to support and expand our existing gardens. Our goal is to support garden committees and volunteers to become more effective in creating and sustaining school gardens in their communities.
Slow Food Barbados offers support through our “Train the Trainers” workshops. We also offer a host of resources and coordinate access to professionals, fundraising, design layout, and implementation of the garden. We also offer assistance with integrating the garden into the existing curriculum.
Creating A Menu
Additionally, once the Slow Food Barbados garden is established, we provide guidance and support on setting up a farmers’ market; and we work with with the school canteen to create healthy, slow food menu options for the students made with what is grown by them in their school garden.
Focus For the Year
Our themes this year are:
- Crop rotation
- Building soil and intercropping.
We’ve increased our partnerships adding Caribbean Permaculture Research Institute (CPRI) providing workshop opportunities for the garden committees by world class instructors and WIRRED’s initiative One Tree for Every Bajan offering fruit trees to school gardens and opportunities to participate in tree planting.
Our list of schools and institutions involved include:
- A. Dacosta Edwards Primary School
- Alleyne Secondary School
- Ellerton Primary School
- Girls Government Industrial School
- Gordon Walters Primary School
- Hilda Skeene Primary School
- Luther Thorne Memorial Primary School
- Milton Lynch Primary School
- Nature Fun Ranch
- Princess Margaret Secondary School
- Providence Elementary School
- Sharon Primary School
- St. Angela’s Primary School
- St. Gabriel’s Primary School
- St. George Secondary School
- St. Luke’s Academy