The Ministry of Agriculture, Food, Fisheries, and Water Resource Management (MAFFW) has started a process of research on non-traditional vegetables that can be grown in Barbados.
The project is divided into two phases, the first being four non-traditional vegetables: Kohlrabi, Turnips, Kale, and Radish; and the second, non-traditional herbs. It aims to demonstrate that these vegetables can be grown in Barbados.
To this end, the Ministry will hold a non-traditional vegetable field day on Tuesday, August 8, at the MAFFW, Graeme Hall, Christ Church, from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m.
Farmers and members of the public will get an opportunity to view these four vegetables, as well as short presentations on how to grow them. Also on display will be Swiss chard, spaghetti squash, finger squash, and muskmelon.
The objective of the day is to talk with farmers and extension personnel about how to grow these vegetables; for participants to see the crop growing in the open field and greenhouse; to look at possible pests that affect these crops; and to identify possible benefits in growing these crops.