Vetiver Technology Equips Farmers in North Leeward to Fight Erosion

In 2022, Hand2Earth conducted its 4th workshop for farmers in North Leeward, focusing on Vetiver Systems Technology. The training was held from 18th to 22nd March in Rose Bank and was attended by farmers from Petite Bordel, Rose Bank, Troumaca, Rose Hall, and Spring Village. A total of 21 farmers received instruction on the theory, science, and practical applications of Vetiver Systems Technology.

During the workshop, participants gained hands-on experience in various aspects of Vetiver Systems Technology, including land contouring, plant preparation, planting, and soil microbiology. Soil samples from their farms were also tested to determine pH levels and soil composition. The GEF Small Grants Programme provided funding for Hand2Earth to establish four vetiver nurseries in Belmont, Troumaca Bottom, and Bottom Village.

Ms. Vonnie Roudette, Hand2Earth’s Vetiver Systems Trainer, emphasized the importance of the project in the area as historic vetiver hedgerows planted 100 years ago for soil conservation have been mostly destroyed. This has led to widespread land erosion and loss of topsoil. With the support of the UNDP GEF Small Grants Programme, the project aims to continue developing a Vetiver Heritage Educational Site and establishing farm sites while conducting vetiver craft training workshops and engaging in ongoing community education activities.

Hand2Earth’s Farmland Restoration initiative has trained a total of 55 farmers in North Leeward since its beginning in 2022. The technology is highly effective for erosion control, groundwater retention

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