Free Up Farm is a permaculture demonstration site which will showcase Moringa Olifera cultivation, workshops, permaculture design, farm-to table dining and long term projects for interested youth, farmers and voluntourists.
Consisting of 7 acres in the northeast area of the island,Free Up Farm is being designed to feature all of Dominica’s many tropical fruits, a wide variety of organic vegetables and Moringa Olifera as an experiment in food security and hurricane resilience. It can be harvested leading up to hurricane season, providing essential nutrition and water clarifying properties if needed.
Range Developments is supporting the project in several ways; for example by donating building materials like metal beams and wooden trusses for use on the farm. The company has also loaned excavators and other machinery to help clear debris and vines from the site. Cardboard boxes, wooden crates and other raw materials from Range Developments’ construction sites are also being recycled by the farm to make plant beds and other useful items.
Moreover, Range Developments have organized volunteering trips which have greatly assisted in the development of the farm. Volunteers have gained valuable knowledge and skills about permaculture, organic farming and sustainability in return for their time and energy. The volunteers were recruited from M/V Pacific Hope – a ship that is dedicated to supporting the local community through its volunteers. Going forward, Free Up Farm hopes to welcome volunteers on a regular basis to continue this mutually beneficial exchange.
Aubrey and Lubitza, FreeUp Farm Founders said:
“Free Up Farm is forever grateful for Range Development’s assistance in the early phases of our farm. Their commitment to chemical free produce allowed us to clear and design acreages of our farm for food, forests and vegetable production. We are excited for our continued collaboration as we move further into the voluntourism and education aspects of the farm.”
Free Up Farm aims to serve as a platform to inspire individuals by showcasing natural systems of design (permaculture)demonstrating the importance of food security, community, education and business models that grow in harmony with bountiful natural systems.
Kamal Shehada, Managing Director at Range Developments said:
“Sustainable agriculture and cultivation of clean, healthy climate resilient crops is key to the future of Dominica’s agricultural sector. We are delighted to be supporting this exciting and innovative young enterprise and hope that it encourages the younger generation to get involved in farming and permaculture.”