This is a great way to highlight Dominica and new talent; congratulations Discover Dominica!

Dominica Challenge - this year’s winners

For Film

Trent and Josh

Dominica The New

http://www.dominicachallenge.com/portfolio_page/trent-and-josh/

 

For Photography (People’s Choice)

Trevor Paulhus

Closer to Eden

http://www.dominicachallenge.com/trevor-paulhus-closer-to-eden/#43

Dedicated to the people of Dominica!

I love the name of this farm!

I have watched them from their opening and it is so inspiring to see their dedication to educating and informing all – about organic farming.

They visit the local schools to talk about Organic Farming. As a teacher I would definitely include them in my programmes no matter what level I was teaching at. This is one of the most effective ways of ensuring we have a future generation of young adults informed about the benefits of Organic Farming and the environmental and health ramifications of Farming with Chemicals.

school presentation

They give farm tours with hands on activities for children of all ages. this is just an amazing outing for youth of all ages. They get to see with their own eyes that Organic Small Farms are a fun viable occupation that provides healthy nutritious food for the nation; lowers imports and protects the earth for future generations.

rolling compost

Their tours include fun and educational activities such as rolling compost games.

compost video

Multi media presentations.

story telling

and story telling.

They tailor their tours to all ages.

Visiting the island?

Their Organic Farm Tour is a wonderful introduction to Dominica’s traditional foods and methods of farming. it is child friendly and interesting to the entire family. You get to savour our local foods with more than one sense knowing that you are contributing to the development of a strong and vibrant Agro Eco Tourism Sector on island. This is  Responsible Tourism at its finest.

You can camp there if you want a Farm Vacation.

Studying Tropical Agriculture or Organic Agriculture?

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Students from all over the world visit this thriving organic farm in a tropical  environment to study with their trained and experienced Organic Agriculturist – Dawn.

Living on the island? 

D-Smart offers Educational Programmes for children of all ages. This is a great way to enhance their environmental awareness; keep them active; foster a love of gardening and immerse them in nature. Children who have a chance to get excited about the foods they eat  in an experience such as this are inspired to eat more healthy. This program strengthens the children’s appreciation and respect for their culture, organic farming, eco living and local foods.

 Dawn Francis is a trained permaculturist…focusing on the areas of sustainability and organic farming. Her training was done in Trinidad in 2011; there she obtained a certificate  in Permaculture at Wasamaki Ecosystems. She also trained with Al Casimir of the Dominica Ministry of Agriculture – Organic Division. Dawn continues to increase her knowledge through self study and on site experience.

Check out their Road Side Booth as you pass by Corona/Corona Estate between Pond Case and Sylvania on the Trans Insular Road newly renamed the .

Contact them at D-Smart Farms on Facebook. They can also be contacted at 767) 449-0581; farm.dsmart@facebook.com

CTA is a joint ACP-EU institution active in agricultural and rural development in ACP countries. This information is extremely interesting to a Dominican Agriculturalist.

Its mission is to advance food and nutritional security, increase prosperity and encourage sound natural resource management. It does this by providing access to information and knowledge, facilitating policy dialogue and strengthening the capacity of agricultural and rural development institutions and communities in ACP countries.

CTA publishes and co-publishes printed, electronic and/or multimedia information products on various aspects of agriculture and rural development (including CTA bi-monthly magazine Spore/Esporo).

I discovered them years ago when reading The Spore at the Roseau Library

Check out their catalogue of publications.

Cacao is an old tyme food in Dominica. But for the first time since I moved to Dominica there was not enough cacao to last the year.

I and my friends checked their secret spots – the small village stores where cacao has never run out before – to no avail.

I need cacao year round and a lot of people living in Dominica agree with me therefore even local market needs are not being met.

Check out the booklet on producing cacao below. Free publication from CTA publishing who offer lots of free booklets on agriculture online. This booklet even describes ways to recycle the waste from processing

Cocoa Production and Processing

Drinking or eating minimally processed cacao is good for the health. Check out the science based article on Cacao Super Food; Super Nutrition

 

beer-marinade-reduces-bbq-cancer-chemicalhttp://www.webmd.com/cancer/news/20080801/marinate-meat-for-healthy-grillingBarbeque chicken or ribs are everywhere in Dominica these days. Just follow the clouds of smoke and small gatherings by the roadside!

I see the people of this nation turning towards fast food as we move at a faster pace working longer and harder than ever before.

Please beware!

Barbequed Meats can Fill Your Body with Cancer Causing Chemicals!

This is the research I have found.

The United States Government Website National Cancer Institute Fact Sheet -

Barbequed Meats and Pancreatic Cancer

Study participants who cooked meat at high temperatures and consumed more well-done meat had about a 60 percent higher risk of pancreatic cancer compared to other people.

These are tips for more healthy barbequing.

According to the University of Helsinki – For each 100 g of grilled meat, 200 g of vegetables should be grilled or eaten as salad.

The Healthiest Grill – tips to lower carcinogenic chemicals.

Beer Marinade Reduces BBQ Cancer Chemical – After grilling, pork marinated in black beer marinated held 9.74 nanograms per gram of PAHs, less than half of the content in un-marinated meat.

Marinate Meat for Healthy Grilling? – Study Shows That Store-Bought Marinades May Keep Cancer-Causing Compounds From Forming on Grilled Meats

Exercise is one of the components of a Healthy Lifestyle that make feel good hormones flow. We know the comments ‘runner’s high’ ‘yoga bliss’ – include exercise in your life just for the high or perhaps the scientifically proven benefits below.

Exercise to:

  • Improve energy levels.
  • Prevent and perhaps reverse heart disease.
  • Lower heart rate and blood pressure.
  • Improve blood cholesterol.
  • 50% less chance of some cancers.
  • 40% less chance of getting diabetes.
  • Maintain optimal body weight or body fat.
  • Build and maintain healthy muscles, bones, and joints.
  • Relieve depression and anxiety.
  • Enhance feelings of well-being and self esteem.
  • Improve work, recreation, and sport performance.
  • Improve cardiovascular and/or cardiorespiratory function.
  • Decrease blood triglycerides.
  • Improve glucose tolerance and reduce insulin resistance.
  • Increase muscle, tendon and ligament strength.
  • Strengthen immune system.
  • Shrink fat cells.
  • Stimulate brain activity.
  • Improve balance.
  • Prevent dementia.
  • Relax.
  • Enhance libido.
  • Prevent osteoporosis.
  • Build core strength
  • Enhance self esteem
  • Alleviate insomnia.
  • Improve flexibility and range of motion.
  • Manage stress.
  • Prevent or alleviate headaches.
  • Prevent or alleviate back challenges.
  • Improve menopause symptoms.
  • Improve focus and concentration.
  • Fight the effects of aging.
  • Lower health care costs.
  • Improve fibromyalgia.
  • Prevent or alleviate incontinence.
  • Look great!

No one type of exercise provides all benefits. A well-balanced exercise routine includes 1. aerobic exercise (e.g. power walking, jogging, cardio yoga, power cleaning, hiking, aerobics, martial arts, sports); 2. strength training (e.g. lifting weights, hiking, weight bearing exercises, kayaking, pull-ups and push-ups, biking, rowing, crunches); flexibility training (e.g. gymnastics, martial arts, dance, pilates, yoga). Experts recommend that adults get more than 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity each day. It’s never too late to start. Even small things can count as exercise when you’re starting out – like taking a short walk, gardening or cleaning the yard. Try out different kinds of exercise to see which one inspires you.

Please consult your doctor before beginning any new diet, exercise program.

not Dominica – soon come :)!

Natural fibers taking over industrial production while healing soil and providing healthy food and sustainable energy through biomass waste!

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