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Glenister Estate Farm promoting healthy lifestyle through organic farming

Published:Saturday | September 3, 2022 | 12:11 AMKerese Oakley-Williams / Gleaner Intern
Meagon Morgan (right) with a customer at Glenister Farm.
Meagon Morgan (right) with a customer at Glenister Farm.
Steve Glenister (left) holding an organically grown lettuce from the farm for a customer to inspect.
Steve Glenister (left) holding an organically grown lettuce from the farm for a customer to inspect.
Glenister Estate Farm also produces organic honey.
Glenister Estate Farm also produces organic honey.
The Glenister Estate Farm pak choi field
The Glenister Estate Farm pak choi field
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Eat what you grow, grow what you eat — that’s the mantra of the Glenister Estate Farm Limited, founded by Meagon Morgan and Steven Glenister on November 15, 2015, in Bernard Lodge, St Catherine.

Morgan tells us that her husband and co-owner of the farm, didn’t know anything about farming, but went for it anyway. “He knows nothing about farming, he got up one day and said that he wanted to farm,” she laughed. “His father had a dream of owning a farm, so to fulfil his father’s dream he made this farm,” she shared.

The Glenister Estate Farm is home to a plethora of organically grown ground provisions. “We have callaloo, pak choi, eggplants, banana, bell peppers, and scotch bonnet peppers. Glenister Farm is all about organic farming. We try to grow the organic way, so we do not use any chemicals,” Morgan shared. The farm uses organic methods of growing their vegetables as they wish to ensure that their customers are consuming healthy foods.

The farm owner urges the Jamaican public to plant in their backyards and venture into the world of farming. “I say go for it, eat what you grow. I honestly think that it is the best thing to do. It is the best way to keep healthy.”

Glenister Farm is also known to use their natural products to create organic items. This includes their 100-per-cent organically made honey.

“The easiest vegetable that persons can grow in their yard is the callaloo. It takes three days to germinate and with a week you can get callaloo. And after that it grows every seven days.” Morgan continued to share that the hardest vegetable to grow is the bitter melon. “It grows on vines, and you have to set it and train it, so it takes time. That would be the hardest.”

The farm is not limited to ground products and farming, as they are currently working to establish a healthy lifestyle Ice Cream shop that will be located in Barbican, St Andrew. “We will be having all natural products like coconut water, lime juice, pastries, and Jamaican coffee. We will also have vegan options. It will be a healthy shop. The name of the shop is Picacho, it is Steve’s pet name.”

Picacho is set to be opened by September, but until then, the versatile farm owners have oversees products that are made from all natural materials and oils. “The oversees skincare line is called Estonia. We sell skincare products, shampoos, face bars with healthy materials. We use Rose Mary oil and coconut oil,” she shared.

Up next on the horizon, the two are hoping to open a restaurant. “I want to do a restaurant for the farm in the banana walk. We will have good food and people can come and leave all their struggles at the gate,” Morgan concluded.

kerese.williams@gleanerjm.com