Budding Farmers Grow Club has launched with a BANG!
What would the world be like if all its children were able to plant a seed, watch the food grow and explore issues around global food security? With close to 200 children registered for the newly launched Budding Farmers Grow Club, it is safe to say that we are on that journey to see this vision coming to light.
What started as a pandemic escape has now blossomed into a school-based farming club. Co-founders Mikayla-Ann and Matthew Henry—showing amazing leadership at just 4 and 6-years-old, respectively—are intent on spreading their love for farming and the outdoors to as many children across the world as possible.
The Budding Farmers Grow Club is aimed at helping children discover the ins and outs of planting, growing and caring for fruits and vegetables from the farm to the table. If founder Grace Henry had it her way, every home in Jamaica would have a backyard garden so that no child would go to bed hungry or malnourished.
The first group of club members have already started their own compost and begun exploring earthworms and the impact they have on soil quality. They are also examining the role of insects—bees in particular—in pollination and global food security.
At the end of each Budding Farmers Grow Club term, children will have participated in numerous experiments and farming projects. Most importantly, they will watch their farms and crops mature and grow and be able to enjoy the fruits—and vegetables—of their labours.
At Seprod Foundation, agriculture is important to us. That’s why we are proud to support the Budding Farmers Grow Club every step of the way—from conception, to compost, to crops and beyond. We invite all parents and educators to get their children involved, to make the most of this experience and most importantly, have FUN!
Registration is open for the upcoming school term. Register here or on social media @buddingfarmersja.