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EHF partners with Cedar Valley Primary

Published:Thursday | August 14, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Linton Snowball of Proqual Solutions (left) is joined by students of the Cedar Valley Primary and Junior High School after potting vegetables for the garden. Also pictured are (standing, from third right) Edwin Morrison, assistant extension officer, RADA St Thomas; Patina Rankine, project officer, EHF/USAID Climate Change Project; and Tishi Shaw, agricultural sciences teacher. - Contributed photos
Students of the Cedar Valley Primary and Junior High School trans-planting young plants in pots.

In a bid to build adaptive capacity to the impacts of climate change, the Environmental Health Foundation (EHF) has constructed a highly innovative school gardening system at the Cedar Valley Primary and Junior High School in St Thomas.

A first in Jamaica, this system encompasses a vegetable garden that is irrigated using gravity-fed rainwater harvested on the school property. The garden, which was designed and constructed by Proqual Solutions Limited, utilises row covers to protect the crops while they grow, which results in increased yield and larger fruits and vegetables. Students and teachers were involved in the establishment of the garden, which grows tomatoes, sweet pepper, lettuce, pak choi, and Scotch bonnet peppers.

The garden and irrigation system will benefit the 200 students by providing vegetables to supply the school's canteen while serving as a training facility for its agricultural science students. Moreover, it will act as a demonstration plot for sustainable agricultural and irrigation practices for the wider community, which will enhance overall knowledge and skills.