Members are encouraged to
suggest interesting speakers for these monthly
October 2 -
All welcome, our next POB speakers series will feature SOIL
- the key to growing healthy crops....presentation by
video featuring Neil Kinsey - a leading soil
specialist. Please join us at noon for a pot luck
lunch and plant and seed swap.
August 7th - Cynthia Ellis-Topsey is a mentor for sustainability in Belize. She is a spokesperson for recognition and for preservation of the traditions and roots of the Garifuna culture. A pioneer for Belize Rural Women Association, she has helped improve many lives. Through her love of farming and agriculture, Cynthia has promoted innovative programs in Belize, such as school garden projects and the preservation and growth of the El Pilar Forest Garden. One of her goals is to help people help themselves. Cynthia included in her presentation a story about a recent project: Jane Usher Boulevard Neighborhood urban gardening project and the grow houses in Belize City, which is destined to become a cooperative for the participants.
January 9th, 2018 - Dr. Victoriano Pascual, Director of Water Resource Management and Climate Change in Belize. Dr. Pascual's presentation featured predictions and strategies to sustain healthy agriculture in Belize and toward understanding how climate change may affect local weather patterns.
September’s featured speaker was Mr. Kadeem Bennett, of The Urban Garden for Food Security and Peace, which is headquartered in Belize City. Kadeem is also the founder of The Belize Volunteers Club. To learn more about him and the Urban Garden for Food Security and Peace, go to the following link: http://emerging.city/tag/urban-garden-for-food-security-and-peace/
July 6, 2017 – Dr. Johnathan Canton and Amy Jenine Wong of Kunahmul Organics will speak on Growing and Marketing Challenges of Organic Production in Belize. Johnathan will discuss the biological perspective and Amy will lead on marketing challenges.
June 1, 2017 – Dr. Anabel Ford, president of Exploring Solutions Past – The Maya Forest Alliance, Maya Gardening and the Maya Forest Garden.
May 4, 2017 – Chris Harris, owner of White Rock Farm will discuss retiring on a small self-sustaining farm.
February 2, 2017 – Dr. Thomas Mathew of The Belize Spice Farm in Golden Stream, Toledo District, spoke about the history and growing of spices, in his native Kerala, India and in Belize.
March 1, 2016 – David Johansen of Our Heritage Seed
April 5, 2016 – Abram Harder of Upper Barton Creek owner of Variety Fruit Nursery
May 3, 2016 – Sam Vigue, of Texas on potato history and cultivation
June 7, 2016 – David Thiessen of Agro-Base, Spanish Lookout, on fertilizers
July 5, 2016 – Michael Somerville, of Hattieville, Belize District, author of The Garbage Menace, on GMO potential in Belize.
August 1, 2016 – Nana Mensah of BOFF (Belize Organic Family Farming) and formerly 10 yrs manager of SHI (Sustainable Harvest International) Belize office in Punta Gorda, Toledo District, who presented information which was to be presented to PCB (Pesticide Control Board) on the non-renewal (ban) of glyphosate in Belize
September 6, 2016 – Marco Figueroa, Cayo native, former technical advisor to TCGA (Toledo Cacao Growers Association) and currently international cacao consultant, on cacao: history and cultivation.
October 4, 2016 – Mike Benetti of Esperanza Fertilizer on organic fertilizers.
November 3, 2016 – Santiago Juan of San Lorenzo Farm, Cayo District on Moringa and Food Security
December 2016 – There was no speaker as POB had a members only party instead.