Press Release: GEF Small Grants Programme – Increasing Food Security

The Gilbert Agricultural and Rural Development Center (GARD Center) recently received funding from its partner the GEF Small Grants Programme, implemented by the United Nations Development Programme for the project: “Increasing food security by reducing the impact of drought and improving security.”

This 8-month project officially began on 6 February 2023 and will be completed in October 2023.

Focus of the project emphasizes these main areas:

·         To increase public awareness about Climate Smart and sustainable Agricultural technology and approaches, by producing and distributing brochures.

·         Training Workshops will be conducted using Climate Smart Agricultural Practices.

·         Repair and upgrade current hydroponics unit and to construct secured fencing around its perimeter.

·         To increase production of crops locally adapted ground provisions such as sweet potatoes and cassava varieties.

Green Business – Vetiver Engineering and Value-Added Products

View Full Article – Vetiver Engineering and Value Added Products

From its inception in 2020 EbA Project Partner IAMovement has engaged directly through our CBO/NGOs with the ten communities in the four implementing countries in business opportunities utilizing vetiver systems, handicraft and product development. To date the Project has engaged with more than three hundred community residents in either VS-VEEP installations and nursery operations and /or Handicraft Training.

EbA Project: Training Drone Pilots for Monitoring Ecosystems

View Full Article – IICA -Training Drone Pilots Sept 2022

One of our many partners IICA Antigua and Barbuda, has started a training program of 9 drone pilots here in Antigua and Barbuda. These pilots are to help with the collection of information regarding the EbA project here in Antigua and Barbuda.

Additional Photos:

Drone Training Facebook Post – Antigua Ministry of Agriculture Fisheries and Barbuda Affairs

GARD Center CSA Course Highlights – EAG Sponsor

Our Sponsor for this Project

The Center has successfully completed 14 weeks of training in Community Climate Smart Agriculture with special focus on Business, Backyard Gardening and Hydroponics. This training sponsored by the Environmental Awareness Group (EAG) focused on the communities of the North, East Marine Management Area (NEMMA). The course commenced on 31st May 2022 with sessions held every Tuesday – Thursday from 5:00 – 7:30 p.m. at GARD Center. 

The latter part of the training encouraged participants to engage in practical, hands-on training and field visits were made to Hydroponics Farms and Backyard Gardens. The practical components also saw persons constructing raised beds, a compost bin, and a Mini Hydroponics unit as part of a Start-Up Kit. Additionally, participants engaged in planting seeds as well as transplanting seedlings into raised beds as part of their practical sessions. 


The Completion Ceremony for the Environmental Awareness Group (EAG) was held on Wednesday 31st August 2022 at GARD Center and 8 out of 11 trainees receive certificates, a Mini Hydroponics and Backyard Garden Start-Up Kit with other complimentary tools to assist with their Backyard Gardening and Hydroponics journey.    

Practical Sessions and Field Visits for Backyard Gardening and Hydroponics Class Sessions

Bowen’s Hydroponics Field Visit

SHAADE Hydroponics Field Visit

Backyard Gardening Field Visit to Mr. Osborne’s Property

Crabbs Plant Nursery Field Visit

Cleaning GARDC Hydroponics System

Exploring Types of Hydroponic Systems

Finding Donkey Manure for Raised Garden Beds

Building Raised Beds

Constructing Compost Bin Using Pallets

Planting Cuttings of Flower Plants Using Powder in Perlite

Volunteering and Planting Seedlings

CSA Course Highlights – Sandals Foundation Sponsor


Our Sponsor for this Project

The Sandals Foundation sponsored 20 persons in Climate Smart Agriculture for Youth with Hydroponics and saw 14 successful participants who received training. The course started on 30th May 2022 and sessions were held every Monday – Wednesday from 5:00 – 7:30 p.m. at GARD Center. 

The latter part of the training encouraged participants to engage in practical, hands-on training. In addition, field visits were made to Hydroponics Farms and Backyard Gardens. The practical components of the course encouraged persons to construct raised beds and a Mini Hydroponics Unit as part of a Start-Up Kit. Another part of the practical sessions encouraged participants to engaged in planting seeds as well as transplanting seedlings into raised beds. 


The course ended with a Completion Ceremony on Wednesday 31st August 2022 at GARD Center and the participants received a Mini Hydroponics and Backyard Garden Start-Up Kit with other complimentary tools to assist with their Backyard Gardening and Hydroponics journey. 

Completion Ceremony

Group photo with sponsor (Sandals Foundation), Ministry of Agriculture Representative, Trainees and GARD Center Staff



Hydroponics top student award, Fellisa Simon

Building Raised Garden Beds

Introduction to the Hydroponics System

Backyard Gardening Field Visit to Mr. Osborne

  

ACB Caribbean Donates to Entrepreneurship World Cup Antigua and Barbuda 2022

Welcome to Entrepreneurship World Cup Antigua and Barbuda 2022 Virtual Pitch Competition.  The Gilbert Agricultural and Rural Development Center (GARD Center) was selected to be the National Host by COESL and Global Entrepreneurship Network Caribbean. 

Antigua and Barbuda will be participating in this Global Competition, which provides an unique opportunity for the island to showcase some of our best innovative entrepreneurs.

The Center is pleased to have received a generous donation from ACB Caribbean for this very worthy venture.

Joyanne Byers, Senior Manager, Finance & Accounting at ACB Caribbean, presented XCD 3,000.00 to Executive Director June M. Jackson and Judy Dease-Richards, Life Skills Tutor / Business Development Assistant of GARD Center at ACB Caribbean’s Headquarters on St. Mary’s and Thames Streets, St. John’s, on Friday, 29 July, 2022.

11 Finalists will each have 3 minutes to show us why they should be the National Winner of Entrepreneurship World Cup Antigua and Barbuda 2022.