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.

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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.

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

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Multi media presentations.

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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

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This is the first and only study I can find on the health ramifications of geothermal energy.

It was done in Iceland; this is where the company who wants to do the well in Laudat is from.

https://cleantechnica.com/2012/05/14/first-study-linking-geothermal-gas-to-asthma/

 

 

 

 

“Sensitivity to electromagnetic radiation is the emerging health problem of the 21st century.  It is imperative health practitioners, governments, schools and parents learn more about it. The human health stakes are significant”. ~ William Rea; Founder & Director of the Environmental Health Center, Dallas; Past President, American Academy of Environmental Medicine

In the 1970’s scientists at the forefront of the Health and Wellness Movement started to warn consumers about the ramifications of electromagnetic energy.

As usually happens when someone introduces a new concept they were ridiculed.

Thank goodness innovative thinkers all the way back to those who thought the world was round when experts thought the world was flat have not given up.

Over the years I tried to minimilize the effects of dirty electricity fields on my family by keeping all electrical appliances out of my bedroom; ensuring my children did not sleep next to a high energy area; keeping them a distance away from the TV; not using electric blankets; keeping my electric clock far from my bed.

A youtube clip by Dr. Magda Havas of Trent University in Canada on Diabetes and Electrosensitivity  has shown one symptom of electrohypersensitivity is altered sugar metabolism similar to diabetes; she is calling it a new form of diabetes; type 3 diabetes.

After listening to her lecture I realized why I felt so discombobulated when I exercised on a machine in a gym!

RESPECT to University of West Indies. Our on island campus is a center for learning. Many different degree programs are available through long distance learning and they provide a venue for  all kinds of other interesting lectures, workshops, festivals and conferences to happen there.

Dominica has a very unique volcanic environment!

  • Of the 16 active volcanoes in the Caribbean Dominica has 9!
  • We even have more than one kind of volcano!
  • We live right on an arc of volcanoes where two tectonic plates meet.
  • We are resting on 9 volcanoes or perhaps one volcano with 9 openings.
  • Our island is the most volcanic of any Country in the Caribbean perhaps the world!  

 There are numerous locations that volcanoes can be studied in Dominica: places where hot water or bubbles are floating up out of the ocean floor; places where cold sulphur water bubbles up out of the ground; places where different types of hot waters  flow out of the ground or flow in rivers; the famous and unique in the world Boiling Lake or just drive to a high place and look out over the volcano peaks!

Look for the black volcanic sands and enjoy the flavourful produce we grow in our rich volcanic soil as part of your volcanic experience in Dominica!

Check out my other article on Educating Children in Dominica about volcanoes.

Volcano Resource Links

 

Volcano World

Fumaroles Venting Steam; Valley of Desolation

Valley of Desolation View

Volcanoes; University of West Indies; Seismic Research Centre – What are volcanoes? Why are there volcanoes in the Caribbean. Illustration of Caribbean Plate meeting North American Plate; Map of all the Caribbean islands and their volcanoes.

Volcano Monitoring; University of West Indies; Seismic Research Centre – monitoring volcanoes in the Caribbean.

Volcanic Hazards; University of West Indies; Seismic Research Centre – Hazardous volcanic effects in the Eastern Caribbean.

Volcanic Activity in the Eastern Caribbean; University of West Indies; Seismic Research Centre – eruptions of the past …..

Volcanoes in the Caribbean Frequently Asked Questions; University of West Indies; Seismic Research Centre – are all the volcanos of the Caribbean attached ……

Research Activities in Volcanology; University of West Indies; Seismic Research Centre

Educational Resources; University of West Indies; Seismic Research Centre – Posters to download

University of West Indies; Seismic Research Centre – on Twitter

“Sale of organic foods is one of the fastest growing market segments within the global food industry” ~

I started this blog with one of my goals being the promoting of Dominica as an organic island. We are far from that; gramaxone dead zones are all over the island; but it does not hurt to dream!

On the positive side there is a new organic certification programme about to be launched. This program is truly amazing in that it is available to all; egalitarian certification is the only way to go.

I will write more later about this system in the weeks to come.

For now I just wanted to link you to the newest study of the higher quality of food that organic agriculture produces.

Fruit and Soil Quality of Organic and Conventional Strawberry Agroecosystems

Sale of organic foods is one of the fastest growing market segments within the global food industry. People often buy organic food because they believe organic farms produce more nutritious and better tasting food from healthier soils. Here we tested if there are significant differences in fruit and soil quality from 13 pairs of commercial organic and conventional strawberry agroecosystems in California.

“You must be the change you want to be in the world” ~ Mahatma Ghandi

A University in Malaysia has found a way to create biodegradeable plastic with agricultural waste! Nuff raspact to a University dedicated to this kind of program!

How wonderful to see the new ideas forth coming from the universities of the world.

I am not sure we need plastic and I would like to see the environmental impacts of making this plastic in large quantities.  Studies would need to be done to see if this plastic leeches into what it contains too. We do not want another BPA disaster.

There is hope for a sustainable ecologically aware future!

“Once I’m in the water I try to reach them acoustically by making this noise in the water, and it’s the same noise all the time so they know it’s me,” he says. “So I’m talking to them all the time in the water, and they start coming.” Andrew Armour; Dominica’s Whale Whisperer

I just love the Whale Whisperer article; how wonderful to be known for our whales in this way.

Dominica is one of the best Whale Watching Destinations in the Caribbean. Find out why at Dominica.dm.

Teaching Grade K with ocean as my theme I learned a lot about out friendly giants.  Our children need to grow up familiar with the oceans at their doorstep and the animals that reside there. Teaching children to about their environment so the can love and protect their environment.

How wonderful we are voting to save whales these days. Thank you Dominica for voting whale friendly.