The Church Commercial Farming Group was the recipient of approximately $400,000 from the Agricultural Development Organization (ADO) and SolutionsAe – funds that are earmarked to benefit backyard farmers representing 300 local congregations across five denominations, and to be used to purchase approximately 5,000 backyard parcels and employ three individuals to teach farming and manage the organization.
Ten properties suitable for community farms are expected to be identified.
Philip Smith, chairman, ADO, and chief executive officer of Bahamas Feeding Network, donated $197,000; and Dr. Ana Everette of SolutionsAe, a United States-based company also made a $197,000 donation to the Bahamas Christian Council on Tuesday, April 26 at The Balmoral Club.
Smith said the success of backyard farming is that people grow what they like and can eat daily.
Everette said the “Good for Us” platform essentially allows the organization to help faith-based communities do the things they may not always have the resources to support.
Minister of Agriculture, Marine Resources and Family Island Affairs Clay Sweeting congratulated the stakeholders for their efforts and encouraged them to feed the nation through work with the church, the youth, and the community.