Final year students of the Agriculture & Entrepreneurship Programme at the St. Vincent Community College completed their practicals on the set up of peri-urban garden on Friday 20th April, 2018.
The practical session involved finalizing the irrigation system set up with drip irrigation fully installed by the students now operational.
The holes for planting was tilled using a soil auger. This set up of the Peri-urban garden was done in a way to minimize soil erosion and excess tillage thus conserving soil.
Seeds were also planted as part of the completion of the practical session – Cantaloupe, Watermelon, Butternut squash, Zucchini and cucumbers.
This was strictly organic as only rabbit manure, seaweed and charcoal waste were used in the soil. Seaweed provides an excellent source of nutrients to the plants and soil.
This project is aimed at promoting Peri-urban agriculture. We should be able to be to reduce the cost of living by growing our own food in the urban areas.
In a small place as the backyard where the project is executed, there are 150 pineapple plants growing in 5 gallons grow bags and recycled tyres.
Sweet potatoes will soon be planted in recycled tyres in another area in the yard.
With us today we have an intern from Dallhousie University in Canada who is attached to the Division of Technical and Vocational Education, St. Vincent and the Grenadines for her period of internship.
The students are excited to see the crops grown.