Congrats to the graduates of the Farmer Field School

Featured Robert Tulloch RADA St. Andrew Extension Officer giving a reflection of the Farmer Field School activities along with farmers of the Content Gap extension area. Robert Tulloch RADA St. Andrew Extension Officer giving a reflection of the Farmer Field School activities along with farmers of the Content Gap extension area.
March 15, 2017 was memorable and significant for 78 farmers (from Westphalia, Content Gap, Penlyne Castle and Windsor Castle Communities) who participated in a graduation exercise of the Farmer Field School Water Management Project.

After 13 weeks of practical and participatory learning the farmers along with the team from National Environmental Planning Agency, Rural Agricultural Development Authority, Forestry Division and Jamaica Fire Brigade worked together to put in place climate smart and sustainable land husbandry practices to protect watersheds within the Yalllahs Valley and Hope River areas.

In a message to the farmers Minister Hutchinson congratulated them for meeting the criteria for graduating and gaining the significant achievement of useful knowledge to improve productivity.

During the Graduation Exercise the farmers utilised their skills and creativity to participate in a Best Song Competition with emphasis on providing a summary of what was learnt. The Content Gap Farmers copped the prize for this initiative. 

The Farmer Field School which is referred to as “ school without walls reflects three educational goals:

  1. Learning takes place in the field
  2. Field conditions define most of the curriculum and
  3. Real land management problems are observed and analysed.

The Farmer Field School is a proven methodology to effectively spread climate smart practices and build knowledge base and skills which will reside in the communities.
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