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Westmoreland's Sorrel Fest for tomorrow at Belmont

Published:Saturday | December 20, 2014 | 12:00 AM

WESTERN BUREAU:

The Westmoreland Organic Farmer's Society will stage its Sorrel Fest 2014 fundraiser tomorrow at the Belmont Fishing Beach, adjacent to the Belmont square in Westmoreland.

According to president of the organisation Brian Wedderburn, the event, which is being staged for the third time, will feature a wide range of activities throughout the day, including an opening ceremony led by the Jamaica Organic Agriculture Movement (JOAM) and health and wellness seminars.

expected turnout

"We are looking for a good turnout based on how we advertised it," Wedderburn told Western Focus. "It will be a full day of activities. In the morning, we will have an opening ceremony, with the president of the JOAM making a presentation and a seminar on organic farming."

"The event will include prizes for the best sorrel product, a gospel concert, domino competition, as well as special seminars on organic agriculture and healthy lifestyles. We will also have a mento band in the afternoon and are hoping to have a bounce-about and boat rides for the children. So we are hoping everyone will come out and have a good time," he added.

first staging

According to Wedderburn, the six-year-old organisation first held the Sorrel Fest event in 2010 after a member of the group made the suggestion following the group's successful debut at the Denbigh Agricultural Show in Clarendon, that year.

He said at present, the group consists of a mixture of 35 men and women from within the Belmont community. He said at the outset, the group decided to work together to create a slew of by-products from sorrel and other crops.

"The men decided to go out and work on the farm and the ladies decided to do value added. At the time, sorrel was one of our main crops as farmers, so we decided to learn all the different value-added products we can make from it. Jam-making was one of the products we came up with it," he said.

- C.G.