Roland left his job in the Netherlands behind and started something new in the Caribbean region.
photo: hibiscus, medicinal herb from Suriname
Roland was in Suriname several times before. He has friends in remote jungle villages, who grow their own food in the traditional way, without the use of chemicals. Click this link for a video on their agricultural methods, f.e. the use of Neem leaves as a natural insecticide.
Last October he went there again. After a long boat trip along the Suriname River, he arrived at Pikin Slee. The foundation Totomboti has a museum there. They promote both traditional Saamakkan art and work of artists who live there now. Also the foundation helps preserve the natural surroundings of the village, where shamans find their medicinal plants. This jungle is like a living farmacy!
He also visited friends with permaculture and organic farms, and the Matoekoe project helping handicapped children with the products of an organic farm.
Roland started the connection between these projects in Suriname and his project at Curaçao. His goal is to share the knowledge these people have. The name of his project is (v)ITAL. ITAL is the word for (traditional) organic food in Suriname, coming from Jamaica, meaning the combination of 'I' (the human being) and 'nature'.
One more video on organic farming in Suriname: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5utVFQDT36Q
November 3rd Roland arrived at Curaçao. He was surprised to see the large garden around the house of his partner. Plenty of room for an edible garden! Also a small tree with fruits suprised him, it was just like the handpainted plate he got as a goodbye gift from the Dutch collegues he left: the pomegranate!
Roland contacted Salomon of eco-village SOL too. You will read more on that another time. And you can follow his Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/V-Ital-Biologisch-in-Suriname-en-Curacao-706528842781626/