Follow a Farmer – Marcus Sewell September 2018 Update

Update September 2018:

Marcus Sewell is a 33-year-old emerging aquaponics farmer in Spanish Town, St. Catherine in Jamaica. 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.

Since enrolling in INMED’s Increasing Access to Climate-Smart Agriculture in March 2018, Marcus has received online and hands-on technical training as well as business training and mentoring. He is expanding his home system and is working diligently to launch his own agri-business.… Read the rest...

Follow a Farmer Marcus Sewell Summer 2018 Update

Marcus Sewell is a 33-year-old emerging aquaponics farmer in Spanish Town, St. Catherine in Jamaica. After receiving online and hands-on technical training through INMED’s Increasing Access to Climate-Smart Agriculture program, Marcus spent the summer building a small INMED ebb-and-flow system, which he will use to demonstrate feasibility and risk mitigation to potential investors, as well as generate crops for income generation. Below is a pictorial progress report.

Summer 2018: Building INMED’s EBB-and-Flow System

INMED Caribbean brings the future of farming to Jamaica

Tanesha Wallace dreamed of starting her own commercial agri-business one day.

For the past few years, she had been struggling to help support her widowed mother and younger siblings in Montego Bay, St James, and saw aquaponics as a means to improve her family’s livelihood and food security.

The life-long gardener and nature enthusiast watched dozens of YouTube videos and experimented with a home system, but admitted that it was not as easy as it looked.

So, imagine her delight when Wallace learned of a new programme by INMED Partnerships for Children to help smallholder farmers, women, and youth launch aquaponics enterprises in Jamaica.… Read the rest...