Category Archives: Anguilla

Hydroponic agriculture – one solution to food self-sufficiency for Barbados

“Cucumbers hanging down grow six inches a day.”

Our thanks to an old friend for forwarding some websites about the CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa in Anguilla. The resort features a hydroponic farm and organic gardens that supply vegetables and herbs to the hotel.

The hydroponic operation is run by Dr. Howard Resh, a Canadian who became involved with hydroponics in the early 1970’s while a graduate student at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, B.C., Canada. Upon graduation in 1975, Dr. Resh taught at the University of British Columbia for three years, but his interest was always in the commercial application of hydroponics. As a result, he became involved in hydroponic projects throughout the World including countries as Canada, United States, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Venezuela, Tortola and Anguilla.

Can hydroponics survive ‘island time’ culture?

Have a look at the video of the CuisinArt Resort project, then read some of what Dr. Resh has to say at his website. (www.howardresh.com) This method of agriculture seems to be working well in Anguilla. Could hydroponic agriculture assist in making Barbados self-sufficient in food production… or would the hydroponic facilities just end up a victim of the ‘island time’ malaise that prevents preventative maintenance on the island and sometimes kills initiatives that work well in other locales?

That’s an interesting societal question.

Dr. Resh believes that Caribbean islands can be commercially successful with hydroponics and eventually supply sufficient fresh produce for the cruise ship industry. Here’s some of what he says on his website:

“Dr. Resh is presently working with Cuisinart Resort & Spa in Anguilla, British West Indies in the Caribbean growing lettuce, herbs, bok choy, tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers with various hydroponic cultures including raft culture, NFT, perlite bato buckets, and plant towers using perlite. This hydroponic farm is part of the hotel-resort complex that provides fresh salad crops to the hotel restaurants.

It is Dr. Resh’s belief that hydroponics will be used more in areas of the Caribbean having large tourist industries. Water is scarce on many of the islands having more favorable climatic conditions, so with the generation of fresh water from the sea water through a reverse osmosis process the water must be conserved in the growing of plants using hydroponic techniques. Islands having drier climates with the generation of fresh water provide opportunities for hydroponic production that may be exported to neighboring islands and cruise ships.”

Further Reading

Anguilla: a hydroponic paradise

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Corruption-Free Anguilla blog shuts down over threatened lawsuit

Don Mitchell CBE QC learns why anti-corruption blogs in small countries must be anonymous

“The bottom line is that whether the gentleman who is threatening action against me is right or wrong, I am not prepared to expose Maggie Mitchell’s retirement fund to more risk of depletion.  Since I evidently lack the necessary skills of dissimulation, it would seem that the only way to ensure this objective is to cease publishing.  This will therefore probably be my last post on this blog.

A pity, really…”

Don Mitchell writes his final blog article: The End.

The Corrupt and Powerful Elites always attack the messenger

Since December of 2006 Don Mitchell argued for integrity and transparency in public service in Anguilla. Some folks aren’t happy about that and they are threatening to sue him, so that’s the end.

Mitchell’s Corruption-free Anguilla blog almost made it to the four year mark, but it’s over now. Continue reading

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Corruption-free Anguilla Opens Nominations For The Gold Medal For Cultural Vandalism

Hubert Hughes Of Anguilla Says “To Hell With History. I Could Have Saved The Cotton Gin But I Don’t Care, So I Threw It In The Garbage”

Back in October, we told you about how Barbados government workers demolished the last slave hut on the island after being informed not to by a member of Parliament.  (See our article How screwed up is this place? Barbados government workers accidentally demolished last slave hut — after being informed not to by and Member of Parliament)

One Hundred-Year-Old Machinery Had A Bale Of Cotton Stuck In It For Sixty Years

Hubert Hughes - Stupid, Uncaring or Both?

Hubert Hughes - Stupid, Uncaring or Both?

It looks like Anguilla has the same problem as Barbados with idiots who don’t respect history. John Mitchell of Corruption-Free Anguilla blog has created a new award: the Gold Medal for Cultural Vandalism, inspired by the Honourable Hubert Hughes. Mr. Hughes apparently has single-handedly destroyed the finest remaining example of an antique cotton gin in Anguilla. Now, all that remains are bits and pieces with much of the machinery carted off to the local dump.

Mr. Hughes should be ashamed of himself.

You can read the entire sad story of an act of cultural vandalism at Corruption-Free Anguilla. (link here)

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Who Sold Barbados Sand To Cap Juluca Hotel In Anguilla?

Cap Juluca Hotel With Barbados Beach Sand

Cap Juluca Resort Beach - Barbados Sand

Cap Juluca is burning through money. Wish they’d give me some. The barge load of sand due three weeks ago finally arrived last Sunday from Barbados. But, it’s ‘bad sand’, a darker colour than the ‘good sand’ on the beach. So, they’re digging huge pits on the beach. Like twenty feet deep full of water. They are piling up the ‘good sand’ in big mountains of sand. They’re filling the holes with ‘bad sand’ and then topping them off with ‘good sand’. You’ve got to see it to believe it. Forecasts call for large seas tomorrow. We’ll have to see what happens to these mountains of sand. Really pouring some bucks into the old place. They open on Monday.

What a start to the tourist season!

… from the Corruption-free Anguilla blog story Development

Barbados Sand: Who Profits? Who Gives Permission? Who Buys? Who Sells?

It is interesting how you can see something happening all your life and not really know anything about what you’re watching. Then one day you start to ask yourself a few questions about what you’ve seen and you discover that you know very little.

Take sand, for instance.

Last week a barge-load of Barbados sand arrived in Anguilla where it was spread on the private beach of the Cap Juluca resort. As I read Don Mitchell’s article about it I wondered what part of Barbados the sand was taken from. Considering the poor state of some of the beaches on the West coast and the apparent shortage of sand to dress them up occasionally, the question about where the sand was taken from is more important than some people from abroad might imagine.

Then I wondered about who collected the sand, who owned the sand and what government permissions they might have needed to collect and sell the sand off the island.

I’d love to know the answers to these questions. Can anyone assist me?

BFP Reader “Akabozik”

UPDATE:

To thieves, Caribbean sand is pure gold

Beaches disappear by the truckload for construction projects. The islands suffer.

By Danica Coto
Associated Press

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Ahh, the Caribbean. Sun, surf. But where’s the sand?
It is disappearing at alarming rates as thieves feed a local construction boom.

Caribbean round grains, favored in creating smooth surfaces for plastering and finishing, are being hauled away by the truckload late at night. On some islands, towns and ecologically sensitive areas are now exposed to tidal surges and rough seas…

… continue reading this article at the Philadelphia Inquirer (link here)

Three arrested in stolen sand probe
BY KARYL WALKER Crime/Court Co-ordinator
Friday, December 12, 2008

Three men were yesterday arrested in connection with the theft in July of 500 truckloads of sand from a Trelawny beach after cops from the Organised Crime Investigative Division (OCID) raided premises in the Corporate Area, Trelawny and Negril.

The identities of the men were not released by the police who, in a release yesterday, said they were being processed and interviewed by investigators.

According to the police, two of the men were held in Kingston while the other man was picked up in Trelawny.
The police raided the Corporate Area head office and a Trelawny branch of Bedrock Building and Aggregates early yesterday. Another raid was reportedly carried out in the resort town of Negril in Westmoreland. (continue reading at the Jamaica Observer here)

Thanks to a BFP reader for pointing out these articles. You know who you are and so do we! Thanks, old friend.

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