Admittedly worm farming is no longer a secret in Trinidad and Tobago! We are continuously engaging the public in an informative way about the lowly earthworm, however, the future of this industry lies in the hands of those following our footsteps!
We have collaborated with “Germination Farms” owned and operated by Ms Kinda Campo to spread the good news about the hardworking but humble earthworm.
Our excitement was superseded by the energy brought on by the students and staff of Ortoire St. Joseph RC.
Their eagerness to touch and tend to these gentle creatures meant that they learnt something!
They have the full support of their teacher and likewise, she has their willingness to get involved.
The time spent with them was quite fulfilling and we are certain that we have sown a positive seed in their minds.
As we continue to expand on our future farmer base we would like to introduce to you Five Rivers Secondary (FRS)
FRS seems to be no stranger to the spotlight as it has a winning track record in a number of events.
Teacher Jeanette Browne has contributed her fair share to this winning streak by challenging her students to be creative and this push has placed them first on several occasions.
They have built on the knowledge and ideas that we have shared with them and created technologies that could partially automate vermicomposting as well as saleable products.
Semi-Automatic vermicomposting system
Several of Ms. Browne’s projects have awarded her first and second place prizes locally and internationally. Furthermore, her students are able to tangibly experience simple sustainable environmental technologies.
We are happy to have helped stimulate some thought and as we continue to work together we will train more future worm farmers.
Future farmers at work!
Meet Teacher Carina
The ability to produce holistic students is what most schools dream of, however, achieving this reality requires action. Waiting for that grand opportunity to get started often amounts to naught because they very rarely present themselves.
Holy Faith Convent Couva recently introduced Agriculture to its curriculum with the goal of producing a more versatile individual. Convincing the students to adopt this new subject area, however, will require the support of people who believe in it. That’s where teacher Carina comes in!
While Agriculture is not her field she understands its value and has decided to show her support by getting involved and encouraging the students to adopt the subject. She supports the vision of the school of developing holistic students.
“We are able to sell all of our produce right here on the compound and the nearby supermarkets are willing to take whatever we have,” these are the sentiments of teacher Carina.
But what if she could grow her produce organically? What if her students could have the opportunity to learn about sustainable farming and reduce wastage?
What if those students could see waste as an unexplored opportunity?
What if there’s an opportunity to help create future farmers?
Well, that’s where we come in! Holy Faith Convent has embraced vermicomposting and it is our mission to help answer these burning questions as we continue to help secure food producers for the future.
A firm believer in agriculture! An innovator and also a teacher at Tabaquite RC.
The level of agriculture displayed at this primary school is commendable. The students are exposed to a variety of livestock, crops and agricultural techniques which set the tone for a technology-based agriculture program. The addition of vermicomposting has further diversified and expanded the technological experience for the students.
All of this lovely work is maintained by Mr. Bent and his loyal ‘Future Farmers’! He is continually in search of new ideas to optimize his operations and reduce the cost of production. His ability to recreate and tweak ideas that he often finds online saves time and money.
Enjoy the slide show which highlights ongoing work at the school.
Empowering More Future Farmers
We are currently expanding the number of schools that we have introduced to the practice of worm farming. Our core mission is to raise future farmers with a greater appreciation for human health and the environment.
People are becoming more conscious of what they eat today and this naturally creates a demand for healthier food. Likewise, bad agricultural practices stemming from poor soil management and over dependence on synthetic agrochemicals can over time erode the natural ability of the environment to sustain itself.
Vermicomposting can reverse this by returning valuable nutrients and organic matter to rejuvenate and revitalize our soil. Furthermore, we believe our future farmers can help us challenge the issue of poor organic waste management which is plaguing this beautiful paradise. Through a variety of educational activities, we will increase their awareness in order to make more informed decisions about waste disposal at home and school.
During the rest of the year, we will be constantly updating our page with the progress of future farmers of the various schools we are working with.
We are now taking this opportunity to introduce you to the students of Brasso RC Primary School and their teacher Mr. Dave Marcus, a very enthusiastic group with a teacher who believes that everyone must eat! He ensures that it’s a positive learning experience by teaching his group how to do things the right way. Their agro-plot is beautifully laid out and has a variety of fruits and vegetables. It’s more than just growing food for this club as they also sell their produce to raise needed funds.
Our Brasso Future Farmers are not shy to worms at all! They could not wait to get their hands wormy! Enjoy the slide show which is a synopsis of our visit to the school.
Just in case you might be wondering where this place is located? Well, the school is in Brasso which is a small village nestled in the central area of Trinidad. It is on the way to Tabaquite if you are passing through Chaguanas or Gran Couva, along the Brasso Caparo Valley Road.
If you would like to adopt a school in your area then feel free get in touch with us and we’ll work with you.
The thought of worm farming is no longer abstract in Trinidad and Tobago. Several persons have already received our training and are on their merry way to becoming successful worm farmers. Most importantly we have encouraged all our students to see this as their way of contributing to a healthier environment by reducing pollution.There is money to be made but it should not be the ultimate goal as a worm farmer. We see all our students as partners in promoting climate-smart agriculture and for this reason, we are partnering with our nation’s schools in an attempt to introduce them to worm farming. We look forward to the day when Vermiculture-Technology is taught as a life skill in our locally accredited Tech-Voc institutions. We see its value particularly in our youth because the essence of the old adage “Teach a man how to fish and you feed him for a lifetime” is essentially what we are fulfilling as we “teach them how to farm worms“.
This following video below provides a synopsis of the schools we have interacted with and the progress they have made. A favorable response was not always unanimous amongst all students, however, the engagement and discussion stimulated their minds. This project was accomplished with the kind support of the Ministry of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries, St. George West County and The Heroes Foundation. It is our desire to engage more schools in 2017 and we are open to sponsors in favor of adopting schools.