For Immediate ReleaseContact:JDAT Project Office
August 15, 2016 email@example.com
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Jamaica’s First Champion Organic/Sustainable Farmers
Clarendon, Jamaica – The the winners of the first ever Champion Organic/Sustainable Farmer competition were just awarded at the 64th Annual Denbigh Agricultural, Industry and Food Show on July 31, 2016. This new prize is a key addition to the illustrious JAS Champion Farmer competition roster and is sponsored by the Jamaica Diaspora Agriculture Task Force (JDAT).
Participants from all over Jamaica who demonstrated sustainable and organic farming practices were invited to participate, three winners who demonstrated organic and sustainable farming practices were chosen by JOAM, the Jamaica Organic Agriculture Movement and announced on the second day of Denbigh.
The competitions first place prize was awarded to Laura Facey of Mt. Plenty Farm in Orange Hall, St. Ann. Mt. Plenty Farms focus on producing organic greens, herbs, fruits, and vegetables using organic farming practices. Laura Facey is an artist and develops farm to table events that focus on fresh food, art, and community. Second place was awarded to Julie Chin of White Hall Farm in St. Thomas. White Hall Farm is a family run business that produces the popular Jamaican candy Bustamante. And the Third place prize was awarded to Keith Wedderburn of Bluefields Organic Fruit Farm in Belmont, Westmoreland. Bluefield Organic Fruit Farm focuses on producing various fruits, vegetables, and herbs. They provide local farm tours to provide information about Jamaican produce and inform the public about valuable agricultural practices.
The competition promoted organic and sustainable agriculture practices by showcasing farmers who were already utilizing organic farming practices. It was created to raise awareness and increase the number of farmers interested in organic farming.
The participants who entered the competition were judged on the various ways they created the most sustainable farming systems. The competition focused on crop production and addressed seven categories including soil management, water management, diversity, nutrient management, pest management, postharvest management, and measures to avoid contamination.
The Champion Organic/Sustainable Farmer Competition will be repeated in 2017 at the next Denbigh Symposium. All farmers who promote organic and sustainable agricultural practices are encouraged to enter next year.
The Diaspora Agriculture Task Force (JDAT) was established after the 6th Biennial Jamaica Diaspora Conference in 2015 for individuals and organizations in the Jamaican diaspora and Jamaica to combine forces and make a positive impact on Jamaica’s agricultural sector. It is committed to promoting and accelerating organic and sustainable farming practices, bolstering food security and creating new markets for Jamaican farmers.
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