• Sat. Apr 20th, 2024

Vetiver for a Sustainable Future: Hand2Earth’s Training Workshop Restores North Leeward Farms

BySamantha Jones

Apr 2, 2024
Vetiver Technology Equips Farmers in North Leeward to Fight Erosion

In March, Hand2Earth conducted its 4th workshop for farmers in North Leeward. The training, held in Rose Bank from 18th to 22nd March, focused on Vetiver Systems Technology. A total of 21 farmers from Petite Bordel, Rose Bank, Troumaca, Rose Hall, and Spring Village received instruction on the theory, science, and practical applications of Vetiver Systems Technology.

During the workshop, farmers gained practical experience in various aspects of vetiver systems technology. They learned about land contouring, plant preparation, planting techniques and soil microbiology. Soil samples from their farms were also tested to determine pH levels and soil composition. The GEF Small Grants Programme provided funding for Hand2Earth to establish four vetiver nurseries in Belmont, Troumaca Bottom, and Bottom Village.

Since Hand2Earth’s Farmland Restoration initiative began in 2022 a total of 55 farmers in the North Leeward area have received training in Vetiver Systems Technology. This technology is highly effective for erosion control, groundwater retention and restoring soil quality for improved crop yield. Participants are supported in installing vetiver systems on their farms; they are provided with plants tools vegetable seeds and ongoing technical support.

Ms Vonnie Roudette Hand2Earth’s Vetiver Systems Trainer emphasized the significance of the project in the area as historic vetiver hedgerows planted a century ago for soil conservation have been mostly destroyed leading to widespread land erosion and loss of topsoil. With the support of UNDP GEF Small Grants Programme the project will continue to develop a Vetiver Heritage Educational Site establish farm sites conductvetiver craft training workshops engage ongoing community education activities

By Samantha Jones

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