Grow your own and save the planet

  • Green revolution: Chris Faria is aiming to set up a training centre on farmland in Bermuda to show people how to set up mini-farms (Photograph supplied)

    Green revolution: Chris Faria is aiming to set up a training centre on farmland in Bermuda to show people how to set up mini-farms (Photograph supplied)


People should grow their own food in backyard farms to help the island combat climate change, a farming expert has said.

Chris Faria, who is aiming to set up a training centre on farmland in Bermuda, outlined the benefits of mini-farming in a talk at Bermuda College.

Mr Faria said: “The human element is what is missing in farming today; we are the answer.

“To combat climate change, it is not simply about convincing farmers to change the methods that they use to grow food.

“Instead, it is about all of us taking responsibility for our food security and beginning to grow our own food sustainably.

“We need to micro-scale farming down from big, unsustainable farms to small-scale backyard farms using sustainable methods.”

Mr Faria’s talk was delivered earlier this month at the Eco Lunch and Learn Series Two launched by the Bermuda Environmental Sustainability Taskforce and Bermuda College.

Biointensive sustainable mini-farming is claimed to cut the amount of energy and land needed to produce crops and improve soil quality.

Methods include digging the soil bed down to about 24 inches, which helps plants to gather nutrients and water, which means less land is needed.

Mr Faria added that the quality of soil can be maintained and improved by proper composting, close plant spacing, the use of complementary mixed plants and the growth of carbon and calorie-efficient crops.

Hand digging in small-scale farming also cuts out the use of fossil fuels by tractors on large-scale farms.

Mr Faria said his planned training centre would focus on the methods of biointensive farming.

He told the audience: “We want to use it to empower the community, educate individuals and give them the tools and skill set to grow their own food sustainably. We are looking for half an acre to an acre of land to set up our demonstration training centre, which will be really good for Bermuda.

“A lot of landowners want to see this in Bermuda and connect with other small-scale farmers to create a system where we can grow food sustainably and create a community of sustainable gardeners for a healthier Bermuda and a better planet.”

For more information on biointensive farming or to donate suitable land, e-mail growbiointensivebda@gmail.com

You must be registered or signed-in to post comment or to vote.

Published Nov 13, 2019 at 8:00 am (Updated Nov 13, 2019 at 7:01 am)

Grow your own and save the planet

What you
Need to
Know
1. For a smooth experience with our commenting system we recommend that you use Internet Explorer 10 or higher, Firefox or Chrome Browsers. Additionally please clear both your browser's cache and cookies - How do I clear my cache and cookies?
2. Please respect the use of this community forum and its users.
3. Any poster that insults, threatens or verbally abuses another member, uses defamatory language, or deliberately disrupts discussions will be banned.
4. Users who violate the Terms of Service or any commenting rules will be banned.
5. Please stay on topic. "Trolling" to incite emotional responses and disrupt conversations will be deleted.
6. To understand further what is and isn't allowed and the actions we may take, please read our Terms of Service
7. To report breaches of the Terms of Service use the flag icon

  • Take Our Poll

    • What sport do you most prefer to read about in the RG?
    • Athletics
    • 7%
    • Boxing/Martial Arts
    • 16%
    • Cricket
    • 7%
    • Football
    • 22%
    • Golf/Tennis
    • 5%
    • Rugby Union
    • 19%
    • Sailing
    • 12%
    • Swimming/Cycling/Triathlon
    • 11%
    • Total Votes: 3826
    • Poll Archive

    Today's Obituaries

    eMoo Posts