Protecting the Future of Beekeeping in Antigua and Barbuda

The GARD Center and the Australian Embassy based in Trinidad and Tobago and the Mill Reef fund have partnered with the Antigua and Barbuda Beekeeping Cooperative to train youth in beekeeping and its added valued activities in soap making and bee box construction. Twenty-two (22) participants have been involved in a ten week training course that is covering topics such as:

  • managing bee hives
  • collecting swarms
  • life of bees
  • equipment and clothing
  • business management etc.

Along with the technical aspects of raising bees the participants are learning how to add value to some of the secondary products from beekeeping such as using the beeswax in the making of soaps and creams. Other activities in the project will be the production of some educational fact sheets on various aspects of Beekeeping in Antigua and Barbuda.



The Australian Embassy has assisted with funding for beekeeping suits, other equipment and the lumber for the bee boxes. The Mill Reef Fund has also provided the funding for most of the trainers fees as well as equipment.
It is hoped that this partnership will go a long way in helping to boost the beekeeping industry in Antigua and Barbuda after facing some challenges which was affecting its survival.

GARD Center Upcoming Courses

The GARD Center with sponsorship from the European Union with be holding several courses for Youth between the ages of 17 – 35 years, starting in June and July 2018.

A course in Basic Baking and Decorating will begin on Monday, 2 July, and will run for thirteen (13) weeks.  Learn the art of:

  • Bread making
  • Buns (Sweet and Savory)
  • Cakes
  • Pastries
  • Decorating (Icing and Ganash)

Training sessions will also include:

  • Remedial Math and English
  • Life Skills (developing self-confidence; managing conflict; resume writing, and lots more)
  • Information Technology

Registration:  Ongoing
Fee: $50.00 (non-refundable)
Valid photo ID


Professional Bar and Beverage Service will begin on Monday, 25 June, 2018, and will run for twelve (12) weeks.   Learn about:

  • Bar Etiquette
  • Wine Appreciation
  • Mixology
  • Beer
  • Responsible Alcohol Service

Training sessions will also include:

  • Remedial Math and English
  • Life Skills (developing self-confidence; managing conflict; resume writing, and lots more)
  • Information Technology

Registration:  Ongoing
Fee: $50.00 (non-refundable)
Valid photo ID


Agriculture Training will begin in July 2018, and will run for fourteen (14) weeks.

Topics to be covered will include:

  • Small Ruminant Production (sheep, goats)
  • Integrated Pest Management
  • Good Agricultural Practices (GAP)
  • Soil Management
  • Crop Production
  • Farm Management

Training sessions will also include:

  • Remedial Math and English
  • Life Skills (developing self-confidence; managing conflict; resume writing, and lots more)
  • Information Technology

Registration:  Ongoing
Fee: $50.00 (non-refundable)
Valid photo ID


Our Information Communication Technology course will begin in July and run for twelve (12) weeks.  Topics to be covered include:

  • Parts of a computer
  • Microsoft Office
  • Basic Web Design
  • Basic Computer Repair
  • Manipulating and Maneuvering the Web
  • Setting up a business in ICT

Training sessions will also include:

  • Remedial Math and English
  • Life Skills (developing self-confidence; managing conflict; resume writing, and lots more)
  • Information Technology

Registration:  Ongoing
Fee: $50.00 (non-refundable)
Valid photo ID


Additional Courses on Offer are:

Beekeeping.  Learn:

  • Management of bees
  • Parts of the hive
  • Bee box construction
  • Equipment for beekeeping
  • Developing colonies from swarms

This eight (8) week training course is scheduled to begin in late June.

Tentative Venue:  Agricultural Extension Division (Kentish Road)

Time:  4pm – 7pm (3 nights a week)

Registration:  Ongoing
Fee: $50.00 (non-refundable)
Valid photo ID


Also available is an eight (8) week Soap Making course.  Learn:

  • The Science of Soap making
  • Soap making techniques
  • Health Benefits of natural soaps
  • Marketing, Promotion and Packaging of products

Training sessions will also include:

  • Remedial Math and English
  • Life Skills (developing self-confidence; managing conflict; resume writing, and lots more)
  • Information Technology

Registration:  Ongoing
Fee: $50.00 (non-refundable)
Valid photo ID

Jumby Bay Island Company Ltd Donates to GARD Center

The GARD Center trainees are beaming at their new bus shed that will protect them from the elements as they wait for their transportation after classes. They are also very proud that they volunteered to participate in its construction thanks to the technical team from the Jumby Bay Island Company Ltd who taught the youth some basic skills in masonry and carpentry. Many thanks to Jumby Bay for donating staff and materials it was truly appreciated by the GARD Center staff and trainees. A special thank you is also extended to Antigua Plumbing and Hardware, VEG International and Argos Cement for their contribution in building materials as well.

The GARD Center in partnership with the European Commission continues in a two year project to provide quality and trend setting training for vulnerable youth, preparing them for the workforce and/or business development, emphasizing life skills, remedial math and English and computer literacy.











Farm-to-Table Thank You

The Gilbert Agricultural and Rural Development Center (GARD Center) wishes to sincerely thank all of our Sponsors, Chefs, Producers, Patrons, Extension Officers, Partners and Volunteers for assisting in making our Benefit Luncheon a success.
The James & Maginley Charity and Care Foundation, was once again our Premier Sponsor, and we are truly grateful for their continued commitment to the work at the Center.  Our Farm-to-Table benefit luncheon is currently in its 4th year and continues to grow.  Of these, three years, the James & Maginley Charity and Care Foundation, has been the major sponsor.
Our chefs, who this year were organised and managed by Mr. Mario Colindres, General Manager of Goddard Catering Group, and his team, we are ever thankful for their assistance.
Many thanks to the management of these fine establishments: Jumby Bay Resort, Sandals Grande Antigua Resort & Spa, Curtain Bluff Hotel, Carlisle Bay Resort, Trade Winds Hotel, Flavas Restaurant and Goddard Catering Group (Antigua) Ltd, for all of their support.  We look forward to our continued partnerships in the years to come.

Speech by GARD Center’s Executive Director at Seconds Chance’s Techical Support Centre "SPARKS" Launch, 14 March 2018

It is my sincere pleasure to be here today at this launch of the Tech Support Centre “SPARKS.”  The GARD Center in its 28th year as a development  NGO under the auspices of the Methodist Church in the Caribbean and the Americas.  A partnership was forged with the European Commission last year through their Civil Society Organizations (CSO) Programme: Enhancing CSOs’ contribution to governance and development processes in Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean.
The GARD Center partnered in a project entitled “Improving opportunities for at-risk, probationary and Incarcerated Youth in Antigua and Barbuda and was given an opportunity in a component of this project to provide support for another NGO as a third party. Fate had it that the GARD Center discovered this newly formed NGO Second Chance which fit the criteria perfectly.
We chose Second Chance because of their serious commitment to Positive Youth Development and Justice, its core of professional volunteers and its willingness to work with other agencies on the challenges of youth offenders. Second Chance’s mission and objectives were very much aligned with the GARD Center’s and there were areas we could complement each other, as well as, to share expertise.
We were pleased to provide $EC17, 370 to purchase furniture and computer equipment to build the capacity of this unit.  We pray for all of God’s richest blessings on this facility and to offer the GARD Center’s continued support where possible.

GARD Center NEW Courses for 2018 !!!

GARD Center announces its Upcoming Training Courses for Unemployed Youth in Antigua and Barbuda.

The GARD Center is offering Sponsored courses to Youth who qualify and are between the ages of 16 – 35 years, in Customer Service and Business Enterprise, which began in February 2018.

Additionally, 12 week courses will be held in Professional Hospitality Service,  Automotive Repair; Craft – Glass Jewelry Design, starting in April 2018. 

Each Technical course includes Life skills; Math and English and Information Technology.  Sessions are usually quite interactive.
Register now at 463-4121 or 562-0084.  There is a non-refundable Registration fee of EC$50.00.”

Thank you for your continued support as we continue to educate and empower the nation’s Youth.

EUAll courses are sponsored by a grant from the European Union.

Save the Date for Farm-to-Table 2018!!!

The much anticipated GARD Center Farm-to-Table is scheduled for Saturday, 14 April 2018.
The 4th annual fundraiser Luncheon will be worth the wait.
Once again, it will be held under the auspices of the Governor General of Antigua and IMG_1637Barbuda, Sir Rodney Williams and Lady Williams, at the GARD Center’s Agro-Nature Park, Mercer’s Creek.
On offer this year are more Chefs, Producers and a much wider mouth-watering 4 Course meal.  Each patron will be greeted with a ‘Signature Welcome Drink.’  Seafood Tastings will also be available.  From Soups to Mouth watering Desserts, your palate will be pleased with your selection.

GARD Center Farm-to-Table 2018 Launched

The fourth Annual Farm-to-Table benefit luncheon for the GARD Center was launched on Friday, 9 March 2018, on site at the Gilbert Agro-Heritage Center.
The occasion was opened in prayer by Rev. Patmore Henry, Secretary to the Methodist Conference and Board member of the Center.  The event was chaired by Dame Eusalyn Lewis, Board Member, who also welcomed those present.
Introductory and Background Remarks were given by Mrs. Roberta Williams, Executive Director, GARD Center.
Mr. Casroy James and Mr. Kirthley Maginley, Principals of the James and Maginley Charity Launch of 2018 Farm-to-Table event-9March& Care Foundation Inc. both offered encouraging remarks and affirmed their support to this GARD Center Fundraiser for the next two (2) years, prior to officially handing over the Sponsorship Cheque of EC$13,700.00, for 2018, to the Executive Director, Mrs. Roberta Williams.
Mr. Mario Colindres, General Manager of the Goddard Catering Group, was not able to be at the Launch, but sent remarks on behalf of the participating Chefs, and their commitment to this major Fundraising event.
Farm-to-Table 2018, will be held on Saturday, 14 April, 2018, at the Gilbert Agro-Heritage Center.  Lunch will be served from 1:00pm – 4:00pm.
Tickets are now on Sale for $100.00.  Children under 12 years will pay $40.00.
We look forward to seeing you all there, as you continue to support the GARD Center as we train and empower the youth of Antigua and Barbuda.

GARD Center – CAREER DAY !!!

The Center is offering an Excellent opportunity for youth (17 – 35 years) to find the right CAREER.  An opportunity to meet employers and entrepreneurs, to learn more about organisations and businesses and a career you may be interested in pursuing.
Are you tired of being UNEMPLOYED?  Then here is an opportunity for you.
GARD Center is offering UPCOMING COURSES in:
Automotive Repair
Business Enterprise
Customer Service in the 21st Century
Glass Jewelry Making
See you on Friday, 26th January 2018, upstairs the Museum of Antigua and Barbuda on Long Street, St. John’s.
We will be there from 9:00am – 2:00pm.
Phone us at 463.4121 or 562.0084, for further information.
Registration is ongoing for courses mentioned.

GARD Center – ICT Professional Day

The 2nd ICT training course began in September 2017, and will continue until January 2018, with a two-week break for Christmas 2017.  Eighteen youth between the ages of 16 and 35 are currently enrolled in this course.
On Monday, 27 November, the ICT course visited the Government Printery on a Familiarisation tour, to learn hands-on about the various types of equipment in use.
On Tuesday, 28th November, the current ICT students celebrated a Professional Dress Day, and took time out of their training sessions for this photo shoot.EU-GARD Center ICT professional day-28Nov2017