The primary goals of our farming initiatives are to serve the nutritional needs of residents and to reduce our food costs.
Farming initiatives to feed ourselves are currently being implemented throughout all MSC locations. Although the programs in Jamaica are an important driving force for this vision, all our homes, including urban ones, have been tasked with utilizing green space for farming projects.
The farm at Jerusalem! in Jamaica 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 this 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 are four thriving greenhouses, where tomatoes and peppers are grown. Additionally, 10 acres are being farmed with field crops such as sweet potato, cabbage, sorrel, and Irish potato. Breadfruit and other fruit-bearing trees have been planted to serve as a lasting source of nourishment. We are currently building the infrastructure for “aquaponics,” a food production system that harmonizes fish farming and hydroponic plant cultivation.