Northern Caribbean University
In 2016 Farm Up Jamaica and the Northern Caribbean University inked its first Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). This agreement gives Farm Up Jamaica access to 100 acres of virgin organic farmland on a 1200 acre farm owned by the university and is located in Saint Elizabeth Jamaica.
In line with our mission, our first objective is to help reduce the importation of foreign food into Jamaica while creating opportunities for students who want to become Jamaica’s new line of defense for food security. So we begin by planting onions to help the government reduce the over 10,000 tons of onions which are being imported into the country.
Secondly, students are mastering the cultivation of the Jamaican Scotch Bonnet Pepper to increase exports. Currently most Scotch Bonnets in the export market read: Jamaican Scotch Bonnet Pepper, (product of Dominican Republic or Mexico).
We have done the trials at this location and have proven that peppers will do extremely well here. We are ready to expand the production and would love to have people from around the world partner with local student farmers. We have trained them to grow these peppers organically and they are truly ready for an entrepreneurial experience. Part of our preparation includes introduction to business and integrity in business. Here students learn about negotiating contracts, doing business on a handshake, and that your word means everything. We focus on the integrity training as it seems to be missing from today’s curriculum.
Partnering with these students can be a win win relationship and feels very rewarding on so many levels.
If you would like more information on the student partnership program or would like to partner with a student farmer, please feel free to give us a call or send us an email!