After a night of heavy rain from Kirk, our swales and retention ponds and contour plantings have held up well on these steep exposed slopes! Our response to adapting to bigger storms from climate change and ideas to stop flooding across Barbados! #walkersreserve #permaculturedesign #regenerativeagriculture #swales ... See more
coming out October 1st!
IT'S OFFICIAL!! We launch the complete guidebook - online English edition - and new website on Monday 1st October!!! Not long to wait now, we're SUPER EXCITED!!!
Walkers partnered with Caribbean Youth Environment Network - Barbados and Future Centre Trust during Barbados' International Coastal Cleanup day. The group wasn’t very large- but we still managed to remove 307lbs of garbage from Walker's Beach! Some interesting items we found were: a car door, shotgun shell, and over 300 bottle caps. The data collected will be used by the CYEN to design social outreach and education programs. ... See more
Once a month, Walkers Reserve partners with Slow Food Barbados and sends its staff into the surrounding community to help with school garden projects. In September, we went to the Girls Industrial School in St. Lucy, to install a few beds and an agroforestry system. We planted sweet pepper, hot pepper, lettuce, cabbage, red okra, cucumber, pumpkin, sweet potato, cassava, arrowroot, Mafala breadfruit, soursop, moringa, avocado and lots of herbs! The girls at the correctional facility- all under the age of 18, greatly enjoyed their time learning about organic farming while getting their hands dirty. To protect their identity, we are not permitted to post any photos of the girl's faces, but we can assure you- their faces were all happy ones! ... See more
Stabilizing one of our steep slopes with Kus Kus (vetiver) grass planted on contour with supporting swales and log berms where needed! #walkersreserve #quarryregeneration
Baby pineapples beginning to appear!
Testing out our compost tea sprayer today ! A great way to speed up our soil regeneration as well as coat our plants with beneficial microbes and nutrients
One way of moving potted Kus Kus (vetiver)up a steep slope
A little bit of what we do at Walkers! https://www.facebook.com/CBCNews.bb/videos/2179120799035285/?fref=mentions
Sand mining isn't the only thing happening at the Walker's Quarry in St. Andrew of late. In recent times, the quarry, which provides the majority of sand used in local construction, has also become home to an abundance of plant life. Sharika Griffith reports. ... 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
Something came in the mail that we are all excited to experiment with! #homebiogas2
The highest point in the quarry stands at 260ft above sea level. Because it is constantly battered by high salty winds, and because of the steep erosion-prone slopes, the regeneration of this area continues to be one of the most challenging on the site. The first step was regrading- using cut and fill techniques to create benches. These were then immediately planted with soil-stabilizing khus khus grass that was placed on contour every 5' in elevation change. Species such as seagrape, fatpork, cashew, whitewood, and tourist tree were then placed between the khus khus rows. They are showing high survivability rates. Because of the high wind and salt exposure, the pattern consists of only native and naturalized species that are hardy and require no irrigation. This area is just under a year old. For more information about our planting patterns, you can visit our website www.walkersreserve.com ... See more
Local and International students tour Walkers Reserve
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
A collection of photographs of all the creatures seen at walkers as the regeneration happens.
Some photos from our recently completed Composting 101 course taught by Erle Rahaman-Noronha The group of 30 enthusiastic participants left with heaps of knowledge in transforming kitchen scraps into rich, rich compost! Don’t miss out on our next course: Living Soils with Joshua Forte this Sunday May 20th To Register, email: firstname.lastname@example.org (Discounts available for Farmers) The Caribbean Permaculture Research Institute of Barbados ... See more
? Happy Earth Day from Walkers Reserve! ? Taking one day to express gratitude and appreciation for this beautiful planet we call home! One People. One Planet. Earth Day Network #EarthDay2018 https://www.earthday.org/ (Select HD for best video quality) ... See more
Walkers Reserve Bird Sightings: Western Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) Western Ospreys migrate from as far north as Nova Scotia, Canada to the Caribbean and sometimes even further to South America. Relatively rare visitors, they can be seen flying with slow, deep wingbeats along the coastline, where they plunge-dive to capture fish from near the surface with their impressively large talons. Ospreys are small birds relative to their prey (mostly fish) and so, they have developed a unique trick. In mid flight, they will readjust the fish and carry it head first in order to reduce drag as they fly! We have seen two Ospreys on site (male and female) and believe they are a breeding pair. Photos: Shae Warren ... See more
Walkers Reserve Bird Sightings: Eurasian Spoonbill This migratory bird stands around 3' high, and is all white except for it's dark legs and bill. Adults have a yellow breast patch somewhat like a pelican. Typically seen frequenting wetland areas, such as marshes, estuaries, rivers and lakes, these quiet birds hunt in shallow water. They use their large bill in a side to side motion to detect prey by touch. Typical diet consists of aquatic insects, and other aquatic animals. With their typical migration routes being between Europe and North Africa, the Spoonbill is well outside of its Eurasian range here. With only two ever recorded sightings in Barbados, it is considered a super rarity. Spoonbills are listed as threatened due to habitat degradation through pollution. The Spoonbill in these photos was spotted flying overhead at Walkers, and then a few days later, Julian Moore of Birds of Barbados spotted the healthy juvenile wading in a stream near Belleplaine, St. Andrew. Thank you Julian for these incredible photos. Photos: Julian Moore (www.100barbadosbirds.blogspot.com) ... See more
Walkers Reserve Bird Sightings: Common Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus) Sometimes mistaken for the Caribbean Coot, the Moorhens have a bright red frontal shield with a yellow tip, while the Coot's bill is white with a black tip. Moorhens are usually found on the edge of open water of lakes, ponds or swampy areas, where they feed on aquatic plants, insects and small fish. Its call is a loud and piercing laugh-like cackle, which can be heard from a distance, as they run on the water to take off! On a global scale, the Moorhen is abundant, but small populations may be prone to severe population decreases due to loss of wetland habitat and over-hunting. We have observed many breeding Gallinules in our ponds in 2017. ------------------------------ Photo: Julian Moore (www.100barbadosbirds.blogspot.com) ... See more
Walkers Reserve Bird Sightings: Masked Duck (Nomonyx dominicus) A member of the stiff-tailed Oxyurini family, the Masked Duck is a relatively small, heavy-set duck. The male Masked Duck's sky blue bill is a stark contrast to its copper brown body. The female exhibits black and brown stripes on its face that help her camouflage very well among the pond edge vegetation. While there is thought to be a small population in Barbados, the Masked Duck typically breeds in Martinique and Guadeloupe. They are freshwater, diving ducks and spend most of their time at Walkers diving and swimming underwater along the pond edges. When startled, they can launch vertically into flight. Being a very shy bird, this species is a somewhat rare sighting in Barbados. At Walkers, we have glimpsed both male and a female with a small brood of ducklings in tow! Photos: Julian Moore (www.100barbadosbirds.blogspot.com) ... See more
Walkers Reserve Bird Sighting: Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) A migratory bird, Peregrines are the largest species of falcon found in the Eastern Caribbean. Peregrine Falcons are ambush predators. Hunting from above, they tuck in their wings to create a 'teardrop' aerodynamic design, and dive down onto unassuming prey. Capable of exceeding 300 km/h in its hunting dives, this is the fastest bird (and animal) in the world. In many parts of the world, Peregrine Falcons have suffered because of the use of pesticides like DDT. Before it was banned globally, DDT sprayed onto farmlands found its way up the food chain in such high quantities that it caused eggshell thinning and breeding failure in many bird species. We are happy to see these beautiful birds making a comeback! **Note: Feeding on other birds, Peregrine Falcons are one of the few bird species that is currently making a rapid recovery since the ban on DDT, because they are well adapted to thrive in modern cities, where prey species (like pigeons) are plentiful** ------------------------------ Photos: Richard Roach ... See more
This week, we will be posting some of our winged friends that we have been lucky enough to share the site with. Being the most easterly island of the Lesser Antilles, Barbados is an important stop-over point for a large number of birds that are migrating from as far as Nova Scotia (Canada) to breeding grounds in South America. We have seen a wide range of these world travellers pass through Walkers, with some even choosing to make Walkers Reserve their home. Please Enjoy and Share! ------------------------------ Walkers Reserve Bird Sightings: Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) The Great Blue Heron is a majestic sight. Standing 3-4 feet tall, and with a wingspan of up to 6 feet, they are the largest of the dark herons. They are typically found near the coast in fresh or brackish water, standing motionless as they scan for prey. Their diet consists of mostly fish, but also lizards, rodents, insects and even snakes, and are known to hunt during the day and night. We have had only a handful of sightings over the migration season. ------------------------------ Photos: Richard Roach & Julian Moore (www.100barbadosbirds.blogspot.com) ... See more
Students from the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA)'s Organic Farming course visiting Walkers Reserve. Ras Mike gave a breakdown of our compost tea brewer and the benefits we have been seeing in the regeneration process. Recent soil tests have shown hugely increased rates in Soil Respiration soon after application of this compost tea. Soil respiration is an important indicator of soil health as it shows the amount of microbial activity and organic matter present. By growing and applying very high numbers of beneficial microorganisms to a system we help boost soil health and therefore the health of an entire system. It is a tool that we could not do without! If you are interested in visiting, and learning about compost tea or other parts of our regeneration process, please contact us at email@example.com. ... See more
The final stage. Adding supers onto the trunk so that the bees have more space to expand into and store honey!