Follow A Farmer: Marcus Sewell

Marcus Sewell is a 33-year-old emerging aquaponics farmer in Spanish Town, St. Catherine. He became interested in aquaponics two years ago when he was surfing YouTube and came across a how-to video on building a home system. It sparked his interest, so he decided to design a system that would feed his family and provide high-quality produce to sell to his community.

After a lot of research, Marcus constructed a float-and-drain aquaponics system with five grow beds, two filters (bio filter and swirl filter), sump tank and fish tank. He planted basil, dill, cilantro, cucumber, broccoli, cauliflower, spinach, parsley, kale, tomato, pepper and arugula in his grow beds.… Read the rest...

Increasing Access to Climate-Smart Agriculture Training

Our first aquaponics training course for farmers in Jamaica was filled to capacity! Smallholder farmers and aspiring agriculture entrepreneurs gathered for three days of intensive training to help them launch aquaponics businesses to increase their incomes, strengthen food security for their families and communities, and adapt to climate change realities. Soil degradation from centuries of sugar cane cultivation as well as overfishing and water pollution make aquaponics a critical solution for Jamaica’s future. Learn about INMED’s Increasing Access to Climate-Smart Agriculture at https://inmedcaribbean.org.

INMED’s Increasing Access to Climate-Smart Agriculture (IACA) program provides a comprehensive approach to sustainability, with technical and business training, access to affordable loans, ongoing technical assistance and links to markets for high-quality aquaponic fish and produce.… Read the rest...

INMED Caribbean Mission

The effects of global climate change have been particularly devastating to Caribbean nations, which have been battered by storms and droughts that have disrupted food security and caused significant economic impacts. To address these challenges, INMED Partnerships for Children established INMED Caribbean, which was officially incorporated as an NGO in Jamaica in 2010. Our team has been working to improve the health, education, safety and opportunities of the nation’s most vulnerable children through adaptive agriculture, school gardening, climate change education, nutrition and health education, positive youth development and teacher training programs.

In addition to aquaponics and adaptive agriculture, INMED’s programs in the Caribbean have included:

  • The Community Health Awareness for Adolescent Reproductive and Maternal Care program, focused on preventing high-risk teenage pregnancies through outreach and education
  • The Centers of Excellence for Teacher Training program implemented in partnership with USAID, the University of West Indies and the Joint Board for Teacher Excellence
  • The Lyrics for Life nutrition education and school gardens program, implemented in partnership with the Pan American Health and Education Foundation, the Ministries of Education, Health and Agriculture, 4-H and the Bob Marley Foundation
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