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Anything to do with farming big or small, plantations and husbandry.

From Dominica – Jacoway Inn, Part 3

Overlooking the Gardens below from the top floor balcony.

Overlooking the Gardens below from the top floor balcony.

The Jacoway Inn, Dominica : Storming Back To Business, Part 3

The day before Cat 5 Hurricane Maria hit Dominica on the night of September 17th 2017, views from the lovely gardens of Jacoway Inn were somewhat restricted by the tall hedges of shrubs and trees, providing shade and privacy.

This changed overnight, and now eight months later the property boundaries of bright oranges, yellows and greens of tall crotons are regrown. Before long, overlooking the surrounding banana gardens and the few neighbouring homes will only be possible from the upper floors of the Inn.
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From Dominica : Jacoway Inn, part 2

Jacoway Inn Gazebo

The Gazebo

The Jacoway Inn, Dominica : Storming Back To Business, Part 2

Inland, behind the bayside village of Calibishie resides the main part of a very international community along the several spectacular ridges and valleys which lead down to the beach and bay. New, architecturally designed expensive homes are dotted along the ridge summits amongst banana gardens, grazing cattle, and borderless, family smallholdings, enjoying panoramic views to the village below and the Atlantic beyond.

Up here, the hurricane blasted trees take their time to grow new branches, but on the ground, good husbandry has ensured that all the massive, dead branches have been cleared away and recycled elsewhere. Continue reading

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Great Plantations Make Great Houses

Great Plantations Make Great Houses

Great Houses

Great Houses

There are very few Great Houses left in the islands and even fewer on the market. Conversely there are many many large properties available for eco-farming projects which could be made special and become a countryside heritage highlight with the addition of Great House architecture.  So why not design and build your own Great House?

By the end of the 16th century Plantation Great Houses were being built by the Dutch, French, British and Spanish throughout the Caribbean islands.

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5 Steps to Starting a Small Tropical Vegetable Garden

5 Steps to Starting a Small Tropical Vegetable Garden

Vegetables grown at a Dominican home.

Vegetables grown at a Dominican home.

If you are living in the tropical Caribbean, you may be interested in taking full advantage and try your hand at living off the land. A tropical environment is very conducive to growing your own fresh foods, and there are so many benefits to growing your own food (better nutrition, lower cost, etc).

Fruits tend to grow more successfully in this part of the world, however, you can also have a great deal of luck growing your own vegetables. Read on to find out useful tips for growing your own vegetable patch in the Caribbean.
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Breadfruit Coffee Chocolate Dessert

Breadfruit Coffee Chocolate Dessert with white and dark rums

Breadfruit coffee chocolate dessert

Breadfruit Coffee Chocolate Dessert – made with ingredients from the garden.

I try to create recipes using as much of what we grow in the gardens as possible.

Sometimes the combination seems odd, a fusion of European, Asian and Caribbean but it makes for some interesting results.

This recipe includes our home grown coffee, cocoa from last years crop, green breadfruit which is just coming into season, and our own limes.   It comes out almost like an Italian tiramisu, but we think, even better!

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Eat Local and Get Farming – Solutions to the Global Food Crisis

Solutions to the Global Food Crisis

Food shortages and increasing hunger are making news all over the world. As small islands, we in the Caribbean rely on many imported products. However as fuel costs rise, it forces up the price of these goods and shortages in global production mean that we definitely need to think seriously about making the most of locally available goods.

I’ve been doing an informal assessment of my daily diet to see what proportion is local versus the amount is from overseas. Overall I’ve been doing pretty well anyway but this simple analysis has shifted some habits. For instance, I realized that breakfast I was eating a lot of oats with dried fruits all of which are imported, so even though I still enjoy an occasional bowl of oats porridge I have instead been eating breakfasts of plantain and salad with home-made fruit juices and cocoa tea. To further experiment with local ingredients I recently made green banana porridge too which was interesting. It’s not really a substitute for the oats but a new flavour that adds variety and makes an alternative use of this local staple.
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