Friday, March 13, 2015

CFFI sponsors young farmer for agroecology training in the US

CFFI is proud to sponsor an aspiring young farmer to continue learning about organic agriculture in the United States.

Kelwin at our grafting seminar in February 2014

Kelwin Noel, 22, has been instrumental to CFFI over the past year. As an extension officer with the Grenada Cocoa Association, he leads a program to certify organic cocoa farmers.  Under his guidance our farm is well on its way toward certification.

Kelwin will travel to the U.S. in April for an apprenticeship on Ryder Organic Farm in New York. In addition to his apprenticeship, he will complete coursework to be certified in agroecology through the Multicultural Exchange for Sustainable Agriculture (MESA).

Betsey Ryder, owner of Ryder Organic Farm is excited to have Kelwin on board. "We are always happy to have crew members who are particularly interested in agriculture as their future vocation," says Ryder.

Upon completing his training in October, Kelwin hopes to return to Grenada to continue educating farmers in organic methods and the certification process.

Good luck Kelwin!