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Bringing Back the Past: The Success of Hand2Earth’s Vetiver Systems Training Workshop in North Leeward, Grenada

BySamantha Jones

Apr 2, 2024
Vetiver Technology Equips Farmers in North Leeward to Fight Erosion

In March 2023, Hand2Earth conducted its 4th workshop for farmers in North Leeward. The training took place in Rose Bank from 18th to 22nd March and focused on Vetiver Systems Technology. A total of 21 farmers from Petite Bordel, Rose Bank, Troumaca, Rose Hall, and Spring Village participated in the training sponsored by the GEF Small Grants Programme.

During the workshop, farmers gained practical experience in various aspects such as land contouring, plant preparation, planting, and soil microbiology. Additionally, soil samples from their farms were tested to determine pH levels and soil composition. The GEF Small Grants Programme also provided funding for Hand2Earth to establish four vetiver nurseries in Belmont, Troumaca Bottom, and Bottom Village.

Since Hand2Earth’s Farmland Restoration initiative began in 2022, a total of 55 farmers in the North Leeward area have received training in Vetiver Systems Technology. This technology is highly effective for erosion control, groundwater retention, and restoring soil quality for improved crop yield. Participants are supported in installing vetiver systems on their farms, provided with plants, tools, vegetable seeds, and ongoing technical support.

Ms. Vonnie Roudette, Hand2Earth’s Vetiver Systems Trainer emphasized the significance of the project in the area as historic vetiver hedgerows planted 100 years ago for soil conservation have been mostly destroyed leading to widespread land erosion and loss of topsoil. With the support of the UNDP GEF Small Grants Programme this project will continue to develop a Vetiver Heritage Educational Site establish farm sites conduct vetiver craft training workshops engage in ongoing community education activities.

By Samantha Jones

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