Rio Gran Health Farm is located in Windsor, Portland.
The total farm area covers 9 acres of mostly hilly land.
It includes an area reserved for forest and has naturally growing timber trees as well as fruit trees such as coconut, breadfruit, otaheiti apples, cocoa and ackee.
As one of the 12 demonstration sites for organic agriculture which have been selected as part of an EU-funded and FAO managed project, the Farm is involved in poultry rearing, and the production of leafy vegetables. They also plant a variety of other crops such as bananas, plantains, sweet potatoes and ginger and have a small apiary.
The Farm has been operated according to organic principles since 2010.
Solar power provides lighting and rain water is harvested for all on-farm needs.
The Rio Gran Health Farm was created as an Agritourism enterprise to be developed as the nucleus of a Community Tourism effort, and hosts visitors both as part of its functions as a demonstration plot and as a tourist attraction.
Activities for WWOOFers:
Assisting with managing the plant nursery
Planting and reaping as needed
Operating farm machinery (chipper/shredder, chain saw, rotary tiller, brush cutter)
Assisting with bee-keeping operations
Guiding visitors around the farm
Assisting with household chores
Note to WWOOFers
The desired time of stay is one to three months.
Dormitory facilities with running water , flush toilets, electricity and gas stove
No smoking, no use of alcohol or prohibited substances on the farm. No violence. No indecent or abusive language.
Things to bring:
Sleeping bag and toilet articles.
Clothing for formal occasions (optional), boots or strong shoes, rain gear,swimwear
About the area:
The Rio Grande Valley watershed is part of the Blue Mountain and John Crow Mountain National Park which can be accessed easily from the Farm. The Windsor Community is a farming community where the main crops grown are banana, dasheen, coconut, plantains, cocoa and coffee.
Historically, the area is famous for the sites of battles fought between the Maroons and the British. Moore Town, one of the country’s main Maroon settlements, is 3 miles away from the Farm.
Volunteers will be able to learn much about the flora and fauna of the area as well as the unique cultural heritage of this part of Jamaica.
The owner goes to Kingston every weekend, so there is also opportunity to visit the city. If you have a place to stay in Kingston, he can take you every weekend.
ONE for Jamaica e.V.
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