Pares Village Residents Invited to Register for 2-Day Backyard Hydroponics Training


TRAINING OPPORTUNITY: Residents and community-based organizations of Pares Village encouraged to register for a 2-Day Backyard Hydroponics Operations Training hosted by the National Hydro Growers, in collaboration with the Department of Environment.


On November 6th and 7th 2023, the National Hydro Growers, in collaboration with the Antigua and Barbuda Department of Environment (DOE), will host a 2-day practical training on Backyard Hydroponics Operations through the project titled “Building Resilience through Climate Smart Agriculture Systems”.

The training will be followed by a community meeting in Pares Village on 9th November 2023.

This training will be the first of several participatory and people-centered training events under the National Hydro Growers project.

It aims to promote capacity building in the farming community, especially among women and youth, to utilize climate-resilient farming technology, while also improving land use and natural resources management in rural areas.


All participation expenses for up to 25 residents, including participation fees and meals, will be covered by the National Hydro Growers’ project through funding by the OECS Commission’s BioSPACE Project, an EU-funded initiative.

Spaces are limited and interested residents, including students, are encouraged to register by Wednesday, 25th October 2023 to secure a spot.


The locations of the 2-day training and community meeting will be announced to confirmed participants. 


For more information or registration, please email Ms. Shanice Richards at [email protected], cc’ed to Ms. Christa-Joy Burton at [email protected]. or telephone at 1(268)562-9617.


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  1. I love this initiative! If I was living back home I would opt to take part. Hope the villagers take up this opportunity but my only concern is the water usage because Antigua has a bad rep when it comes to providing the population with a consistent and reliable water supply.

  2. Well I still believe that after the backyard initiative the Agriculture Department dropped the ball. Many have given up as they realize that farming is not that easy. You have to love it.

    But I have also suggested that we need to start “Community Farms”. This will build Community spirit and working together under the supervision of one of the Extension Division.
    This is their mission:
    The Agricultural Extension Division provides information on every aspect of the development and management of farms and other production based agricultural enterprises while rendering services that facilitate agricultural development.

    They just need to live up to their mission.

    The problem we have in Antigua is that almost everyone in Government service is moonlighting. Or they have their own farm. Therefore, they really do not have time for others.
    Even when you look at a Ministry like Public Works. Every Engineer is doing private jobs and heavy equipment operators are utilizing the equipment for private jobs after work and especially on the weekends.
    Corruption is deep rooted in our society. Not just politicians. Many Public Servants and Police are guilty of some form of theft from their workplace. Some print church programs or funeral service flyers on the work color printers. Others use the buses for transporting church members on Sunday.
    We have normalized these actions of public servants.

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