November saw the Walkers crew go to the Alleyne School in Bellpaine to help set up some of their beds as part of the Slow Foods School Gardens program.
Once a month, Walkers Reserve partners with Slow Food Barbados and sends its staff into the Belleplaine community to help with their school garden projects . In May we went into A Dacosta Edwards Primary in Belleplaine to start a little perennial food forest along their back fence. Beds were weeded, compost laid out where needed, trees planted and bare soil covered with wood chips . A donated bench and composter were also installed....a great day for everyone! ... See more
We had the experts (without bee suits) visit our hives and give our newly graduated bee crew some advice.......
Congrats to all the Walkers Regeneration crew that attended the Bee Collage and came out with 'flying' colors!
UK School Group participated in a tree planting project on Saturday 21st October 2017
The Bee Collage brought their participants to see our regeneration process as well as all our new hives run by our staff. Everyone had a great experience and lot of useful info was shared
Barbados Community College came to visit today....!
Some of cassava harvest! Not bad for a sand mine.
Starting in 2015, the mined out site was regraded, a little mulch introduced, beans planted, a period of observation and then in Jan 2016 the eventual planting pattern evolved and was implemented. Our mulch and biomass producers began to flourish and the system started becoming self sustaining. Within a year we were harvesting bananas and cassava while the system evolved..the system is now almost 3 years old....keep checking back for updates! Our planting pattern is posted on our website www.walkersreserve.com ... See more
We recently had two group of visiting students, one the cub scouts and the second from Royal Alexander & Albert School in the UK paired up with scouts of Barbados to come and plant some trees at Walkers as part of our regeneration process. We believe everyone had a great outing and we hope to be hosting more of these events as we transition from a quarry to a food forest. ... See more
Our diverse alleyways are loaded with diversity...where was once bare sand is now moringa, soursop, guava, gooseberry, pommegranate, bananas, pineapples, arrowroot, tania , turmericas and so much more as well as our much superstars khus khus grass and quickstick ... See more
Chop and Drop .....at Walkers we regenerate our soil by constantly adding mulch to our beds....brining mulch from off site is expensive so we grow our own in rows alongside our fruit trees and bananas. We use the quick growing Khus Khus (vetiver) grass and quickstick (glyricidia sepium) that we chop and drop every two months onto the soil ... See more
Walkers Reserve coordinated the much needed clean up of Walkers Beach during Clean Up Barbados 2017 with some great support from Future Centre Trust...between the Tuesday and Friday after the event (Hurricane Maria passed by on Monday) Walkers staff eventually carried out most of the garbage bags by hand to points along the beach where they could be loaded onto our truck and taken to collection skips. We did this to avoid driving on the beach as much as possible. Walkers is one of the most remote beaches to remove garbage from due to its size and unique dune systems. In total 177 bags of garbage (approx 3500lbs) were removed with the material being about 80 % recyclable plastic, glass or metal. thanks to everyone for coming out... ... See more
Once a month, Walkers Reserve partners with Slow Food Barbados and sends its staff into the Belleplaine community to help with their school garden projects . This month we went into A Dacosta Edwards Primary in Belleplaine to help clean up a perennial fruit tree garden we started a couple of months ago as well as clean up their regular annual teaching kitchen garden, Beds were weeded, compost laid out where needed, plants resupplied and bare soil covered with khus khus grass mulch harvested from the Walkers Reserve! ... See more
Walkers Reserve coordinated the much needed clean up of Walkers Beach during Clean Up Barbados 2017 with some great support from Future Centre Trust...thanks to everyone for coming out...more pics and stats will be posted soon ... See more
UWI ecology class visited Walkers as part of their ongoing push to do projects on sites doing regeneration
Come out. If u are in Bim
Come be a part of Clean Up Barbados 2017 at Walkers Beach, St. Andrew, hosted by Walkers Reserve Barbados. Clean Up Barbados is an annual, national clean up, first coordinated by The Future Center Trust in 2009. The event is linked to the annual Clean Up the World event which takes place on the third Saturday of every September. This year Clean Up Barbados will be the 16th of September. This year our theme is MISSION POSSIBLE ------------------ REGISTRATION: Through the Future Center Trust. To register please follow the link below and enter "WALKERS BEACH" into the "Preferred clean up location" box. *** TO REGISTER *** Individuals: https://goo.gl/forms/wfywwKRB3GYH9zac2 Groups: https://goo.gl/forms/PmIQueW7EP3HwHDt2 ------------------ WHEN: Clean Up the World Weekend: Saturday, 16th September 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. ------------------ MEETING POINT: First right turn after St. Andrews Parish Church (heading towards Farley Hill) is Walkers Sand Quarry entrance. Big rock at the entrance next to the gates. From there we will transport people along the dirt road, to Walkers Beach. Google Maps Location: https://goo.gl/maps/ZpPZQDbYErv Those with 4x4 vehicles can meet at the beach access at the end of the dirt road. Google Maps Location: https://goo.gl/maps/2TfJkjsx3oq There will be a white tent off the main road, where participants can gather. ------------------ WHAT TO BRING: Shoes (recommended) Hat, sunscreen Plenty of Water The Future Center Trust will be arranging for collection of the waste by recyclers, and will provide garbage bags and gloves. Fresh local juices will also be provided. ------------------ WHY: • Plastic constitutes 90% of all trash floating on the ocean's surface. • One million sea birds and 100,000 mammals are killed annually from plastic in our oceans. When this plastic washes up on our shores, we have an opportunity to remove it and make sure it gets disposed of correctly and does not end up back in the ocean. This 2km stretch of beach north of Long Pond is beautiful and remote and is part of a large sand dune ecosystem. Many animals live and nest in this area, including Leatherback Sea Turtles, Hawksbill (both on the Endangered Species list), Green Turtles as well as numerous bird species both local and migratory. Despite its remoteness, this area is suffering from large-scale garbage and plastic build up. Most beach clean ups fail to reach Walkers Beach because of its limited road access. ... See more
The tropical forest is constantly self mulching. After a walk in the woods I usually return with bits of leaves and twigs caught in my hair. Lying in bed at night, my partner and I often hear branches and even whole trees tumbling toward the great soil food web below. This self mulching is one ... See more
How many legs can you count?
Our first pineapple. Hoping for many more. 🙂
Future Centre Trust took a tour today. Always exciting sharing our vision with people searching for sustainable solutions
We will be introducing the Walkers regeneration project to the global permaculture community at the International Permaculture Conference 2017 in India....Barbados is doing some great things....
Erle Rahaman-Noronha’s work has been very much focused on climate change prone islands of the Caribbean. He taught PDCs in Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands, St Lucia, Grenada, Mustique, Barbados and Trinidad. His organisation, Permaculture Trinidad - Wa Samaki Ecosystems, started permaculture practice on a land in Trinidad in 1997. What used to be a depleted monocrop citrus estate has become a biodiverse climate change-adapted site, and an inspiring place to teach and empower people to create sustainable systems by example. Wa Samaki Ecosystems is currently supervising a large scale quarry restoration project in Barbados to convert degraded land into a food forest demonstrating climate adaptation strategies towards food security. Erle is definitely an intended speaker to make the connection between Permaculture and Climate Change, in a certainly nicely illustrated presentation. Indeed, he is a talented as a photographer who captures and shares the natural beauty that he helps to protect. You can already see him as a speaker in his 2014 TEDx talk! ... See more
Jamaican Herbalist Kukuwa Abba discusses the healing abilities and economic potential of the wild herbs and plants of Jamaica. Follow Kukuwa as she demonstrates the environmental necessity of preserving the wild growing herbs of spectacular Portland, Jamaica. ... See more
Our regeneration is going crazy! We now have organically grown bananas (B$2 per lb) and figs (B$3 per lb) for sale...great as a snack or to add into smoothies...come into the office anytime between 8 and 2 and pick some up ! ... See more