During the 2019 Jamaica Diaspora conference in Kingston, Jamaica on June 16th - 20th, we will be hosting our first Run / Walk. If you are not able to join us, you can Sponsor a Jamaican Student from your favorite school or a loved one to run on your behalf.
Tickets for the Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival are $36 in advance or $46 at the event and can be purchased at www.jerkfestivalny.com.
Known as "New York's Biggest Caribbean Food Festivals," expect irresistible cuisine as you enjoy feature performances by artists such as Elephant Man, HoodCelebrityy, L.U.S.T., New Kingston, Ragashanti, Jamiel, Patoranking and Platinum Kids.
There will be Caribbean produce for sale; yellow yam, pumpkin, Jamaican banana, pineapple, breadfruit, callaloo, sugarcane, coconut, ginger, scotch bonnet pepper, along with a host of Caribbean dishes on sale to benefit the Farm Up mission to reduce the amount of food imported into Jamaica and create employment opportunities in agriculture for young Jamaicans.
Dr. Garvey to Head Strategic R&D
December 15, 2016
Son of Jamaica's national hero, Marcus Garvey, and board certified cardiothoracic and vascular surgeon, Dr. Julius Garvey, was welcomed onto the Executive Board of Farm Up Jamaica.
Like his father, Dr. Garvey hopes to unite Jamaican Diaspora across the globe in order to create a more economically self-sufficient Jamaica. Dr. Garvey has been named Strategic Research and Development Director, as he brings forward unique credentials and resourceful insights.
Dr. Julius Garvey has been on several educational and medical missions to Ghana, Senegal, Uganda, Mali, Sierra Leone, Jamaica, Haiti, South Sudan and Ethiopia. For years, he has been a major donor of breadfruit trees throughout the Caribbean because of their ability to combat global warming while providing nutritional value. Dr. Garvey has generously contributed breadfruit trees to multiple Farm Up Jamaica projects in an on-going effort to raise awareness on how these trees can offer significant environmental protection, food security and economic growth for the agricultural sector.
As Farm Up Jamaica continues to expand, Dr. Garvey will play a vital role in helping to ensure that the latest, climate-smart and sustainable methods are being utilized by the Farm Up Jamaica team. He has also stated that he will work to strategically help develop more opportunities that can help Jamaicans become self-reliant. Following in his father’s footsteps, Dr. Julius Garvey is committed to a vision of socioeconomic progress. In the words of the late and great Marcus Garvey, “One God, One Aim, One Destiny.”
Shop Fi a Cause
November 26, 2016
Farm Up Jamaica partners with businesses to present "Shop Fi a Cause," where participating businesses can fulfill their social responsibility by contributing a tax deductible percentage of their sales to Farm Up Jamaica.
Without any additional cost to the consumers, Farm Up Jamaica has streamlined the point of sale donation process and made it easy for supporters to contribute to their cause.
"All you have to do is shop at a participating business. We should all consciously choose where we spend our money" - Andrew Morris of Sam's Caribbean Marketplace in West Hempstead, NY.
Visit a Shop Fi a Cause business or their website and purchase their goods to support Farm Up Jamaica!
Sam's Caribbean Marketplace 225 Hempstead Turnpike West Hempstead, NY 11552 www.sams247.com (516) 481-6602
Dunn's River Lounge & Restaurant 93 N Park Avenue Rockville Centre, NY 11570 www.dunnsriverlounge.com (516) 764-6540
Enagic: Medical Grade Alkaline Water Distributor 6119860 www.enagic.com (516) 273-4150
Marley Natural Sponsorship
In the spirit of giving back to Jamaica and other disadvantaged communities Marley Natural has created a philanthropic initiative called Rise Up™. This endeavor will help fund a series of carefully curated projects around the world including Farm Up Jamaica’s Organic Farming Projects. Rise Up ™ aims to reflect Bob Marley’s vision for an inclusive and compassionate community where people take care of each other and the environment. “It is extremely important to us and to the family that Marley Natural operates with integrity and a strong social conscience,” said Tahira Rehmatullah, General Manager of Marley Natural.
Jamaica imports 1billion dollars’ worth of food, annually, due to inactivity within the agricultural sector; a great deal of farms are currently inactive and agriculture students are graduating into their fields with little work prospects because of this. The profession of farming is even being looked down upon because of the lack of opportunities within this sector. If nothing is done, Jamaica’s food security will remain in a state of emergency as imports increase and opportunities continue to diminish.
Farm Up Jamaica Ltd. was created to assist existing farmers make rapid and meaningful strides in the cultivation of nutritious, organic, and affordable food, while inspiring the next generation of future farmers. Since Jamaican farmers are an aging population, there is a very real need for a new group of agriculturists who love to farm. Agriculture students are Jamaica’s future and they are inspiring the entire nation to continue with climate-smart farming, which in turn will help to realize the foundation’s larger mission: to help balance the Jamaican economy by reducing the importation of foreign food, creating green jobs, reducing crime, protecting the environment and safe-guarding food security. Farm Up provides comprehensive assistance by securing markets both locally and internationally, subsidizing the preparation of land, building access roads, providing machinery and irrigation, adding surveillance systems to combat praedial larceny, and providing seeds, harvesting, and transportation of food to buyers. The organization’s focus on climate-smart biodiversity aims to provide nutritious food while creating a platform for economic advancement to positively impact the Jamaican economy.
More details about Rise Up are available at www.marleynatural.com/riseup.