Farming initiatives to feed ourselves areÂ currently being implemented throughout all MSC locations. Although theÂ programs in Jamaica are an important driving force for this vision, all our homes, including urban ones, haveÂ been tasked with utilizing green space for farming projects.
The farm at Jerusalem! in JamaicaÂ currently has two fish ponds, 2000 chickens for egg production, a vegetable garden, and a small flock of sheep.
Jacob’s Ladder, also in Jamaica, is where this vision most comes alive. Incredible strides have been made at thisÂ property in Moneague, where we care for over 70 adult residents with disabilities. We raise several different types of animals for high-protein food sources including pigs, rabbits, sheep and cattle. There areÂ four thriving greenhouses, whereÂ tomatoes and peppers are grown. Additionally, 10 acres are being farmed with field crops such asÂ sweet potato, cabbage, sorrel, and Irish potato. Breadfruit and other fruit-bearing trees have been planted to serve as a lasting source of nourishment.Â We areÂ currently building the infrastructure for “aquaponics,” a food production system that harmonizes fish farming and hydroponic plant cultivation.