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Port Williams farmers collect funds for Farm Up Jamaica

Taproot Farms employees Horlo Cunningham and Kenesly “Babo” Richards prepare pork for the Jamaican Jerk Pig Roast at Noggins Corner Farm.
Taproot Farms employees Horlo Cunningham and Kenesly “Babo” Richards prepare pork for the Jamaican Jerk Pig Roast at Noggins Corner Farm.

GREENWICH - Taproot Farms co-owner Josh Oulton didn't have to look far to find a reason to help Farm Up Jamaica.

“It is a group that is trying to get farming back into Jamaica because right now there is a lack of interest... but there's lots of land and opportunity,” the Port Williams-based farmer said.

Oulton says seasonal workers from Jamaica have helped make Taproot Farms what it is today, and he'd like to see those workers have more job opportunities closer to their homes and families.

Taproot Farms hosted a Jamaican Jerk Pig Roast at Noggins Corner Farm Oct. 28. Proceeds from the plates of pork sold at the event will be donated to Farm Up Jamaica.

“This is an authentic street food in Jamaica,” said Oulton.

“There's lots of land and lots of people there to farm, and lots of produce coming into the country.”

In addition to collecting funds, the event was meant to raise awareness of the non-profit organization's aims to help farmers with training, land preparation, equipment, crop production and marketing.

Learn more at farmupjamaica.org.

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