At the scotch bonnet pepper seed farm headed by farmer, Slater Garwood we have inspired young adults to work and children to become farming students. Farm Up Jamaica is also creating Partnerships with high schools, technical schools and universities to help inspire more of our future leaders. We are teaching them the principles of farming as a business and giving them business training to help them realize the benefits of becoming an organic farmer.
Scotch Bonnet Pepper is a staple in Jamaican food. It is used in almost every authentic Jamaican dish to bring out the flavor that makes cuisine unmistakably Jamaican. Producers of authentic Jamaican products need original Scotch Bonnet Peppers to achieve the taste that the world has grown to love. There are no Jamaican Beef Patties, Jerk Chicken or Soups that don’t brandish the taste of Scotch Bonnet Pepper. It is a part of Jamaican culture.
The problem is that Scotch Bonnet Peppers are being produced by countries other than Jamaica. They are being sold and branded as “Jamaican Scotch Bonnet Peppers”. We have so many farmers ready to join the organic farming movement and participate in the recovery of the pepper industry. The markets are crying out for the original Scotch Bonnet flavor that can only be found in Jamaica.
The market for Scotch Bonnet Peppers is vast throughout the United States, Canada and England. Part of our efforts as a diaspora organization, is to help farmers connect these much needed products to overseas markets that want to do business. Our oversight of production helps to guarantee a good and consistent product that companies local and abroad can now rely on.
It is important that we remember that organic farming was the backbone of the Jamaican economy before tourism replaced it. Become a member and help us make up for lost time. This is the way to truly give back to a nation and the prosperity of it’s people.