Jamaica is a beautiful Island in the Caribbean. N/C Quest has been working with farmers there in tilling the farm land with emissions for better production and eliminating the need for fertilizer.
When we first begin Project Jamaica, we were unsure of what to expect. In many of the more developed countries, the biggest battle can be trying to teach an old dog new tricks so to speak. You have farmers who've done things one way for a lifetime of farming, and it can be difficult to teach a radically new method.
With Jamaica, mechanized farming is nearly non existent. Things are done by hand, and the crops in most cases have zero access to irrigation unless farmers have a water source they can manually haul buckets of water from. We gained enormous respect for these hard working and resourceful people who in most cases cannot afford to farm more than a small patch of their land, that same patch being at the mercy of mother nature and often crop thieves.
Now with most farming being done by hand with we were not only teach the N/C Quest Bio-Agtive method, but we were teaching mechanized farming as well. Due to the smaller patches of land, and where many of these plots are situated, we decided initially to do our project using a hand pushed rototiller with a custom built system. We were working with different kinds of soil as some farmers used fertilizer and some had not. Also the soil and climate is different depending on what part of the island you are on. Our first round of tests was a really cool experience because the farmers were so eager and open to learning, and what they may have struggled to understand scientifically due to so many new methods at one time, they understood in results.
We had healthy crops producing more output, and bigger healthier vegetables. In fact we had a few of the biggest vegetables they had ever grown. One of our farmers grew corn and he was in awe the whole time as he had never seen such big healthy corn in all his years of farming.
These farmers understand their land, and teaching them has really been a great experience because in some ways they have an advantage over many countries in the aspect that they are kind of an abandoned trade and with nobody really teaching them that things should be done such and such a way, they learn by observing the land and how their crops grow. So much of our method really clicked into place with them and made sense.
There is a lot of land to be farmed in Jamaica and right now the country is importing a lot of its food. We hope the project can continue to grow and prosper as nothing is more rewarding than being able to turn around agriculture and help where you know help is really needed.
Check out this video of a jamaican farmer using Bio-Agtive System! Never used or even seen mechanised machinery! This was usually all done by hand, how many companies pack a tiller in their suitcase and teach the farmers how to use it?