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‘Desert Green’ organic farm at Blowing Point

Brown_tending_spinachCactus_GardenDesert_GreenEntrance_to_Desert_GreenBy Brenda Carty

A young man from Blowing Point has started an organic farm where he is experimenting with various means of fertilising and the best ways of insect and pest control to grow the best possible vegetables and fruits for good health.

Leroy Brown has started an organic farm, growing vegetables, herbs and fruit for sale. He has studied the best organic methods, asked advice from Franklyn Brooks, and made his own observations. He calls his farm "Desert Green" because he aims to produce food in a hot, dry environment by organic means and to grow healthy food for the community. At the moment, production is fairly low: he supplies one or two groceries and some persons in the neighbourhood. He aims to supply hotels and more groceries as the project develops. As you enter the organic farm there is an impressive display of various forms of cacti, attractively arranged among rocks.

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At the present time Brown is growing spinach, beans, herbs, cherry tomatoes and lettuce. He has seedlings of kale, watermelons, eggplants, and papayas to plant in the near future. He also has some healthy looking papayas on mature trees. He tries to conserve water and, although the plants may be dry on top, they retain water beneath the surface.

Fertilising

Brown uses manure from cows, horses, pigs, poultry, bats, and land turtles. He makes liquid manure with equal parts of manure and water. He also uses Epsom salts: a tablespoon in a gallon of water, and ash from wood burning. Additional nutrients can also be obtained by making mulch from cardboard, newspaper, brown paper, tissue, sea weed, dry leaves and grass clippings. Brown keeps some land turtles in an enclosure so that he can control their diet and get the best benefit from their manure.

Pest Control

Leroy has been studying the control of insects and he inspects his plants every day to make sure there are no insects affecting production. He encourages birds to be in the area by giving them rice and oats as the birds will eat the insects. He controls ants with cornmeal and flour, both of which cannot be digested by the ants and chokes them to death. To control snails, Brown believes in iodised salt mixed in a solution with water, and he also cuts up old shells and puts around the plants as these will cut the snails and keep them away. Baking soda is anti-fungal and anti bacterial so this is also used for certain insects. Hot pepper and garlic in water can be used for insect control too and garlic cloves spread around plants will keep away unwanted insects. He does not use anything other than natural ingredients.

Future Plans

Leroy has many plans for the future that include offering his services where needed for pest control, organic plant nutrition and propagation, and the establishment of small organic gardens. He is also willing to teach students the advantages of organic gardening and has tours available for students and other visitors including tourists. He plans to set up organic gardens in some of the schools that want them and has a special area where he is growing vegetables for the Senior Citizens Home.

Healthy Eating

Leroy Brown believes in healthy eating and this is one of his reasons for starting an organic farm. He advises drinking a glass of warm water on rising and a little later having fruit, with the main breakfast afterwards. Water melon is good for blood pressure and prostrate problems and banana he recommends for bone health, heart, blood pressure and diarrhoea. Brown rice is good for the heart, diabetes, kidney stones, cancer and strokes, he says, and apricots are good for cancer, blood pressure and ageing. He is hoping that people will realise the benefits of organic produce and hopes to be able to produce much more in the future.

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