The River in a Khaki Suit: Farmers Learning in the Yallahs and Hope River Watersheds


I was sitting at a table with a group of women farmers from the deep hills of St. Thomas on May 17. They were wearing daffodil yellow and purple T-shirts, and their smiles were just as bright. These were some of the 166 graduates of the Farmer Field School climate-smart agriculture training implemented by the … More The River in a Khaki Suit: Farmers Learning in the Yallahs and Hope River Watersheds

Making Waves: How the West Indies Shaped the United States [Book Review]


I have read two books recently that reflect on the complex relationship between the Caribbean and what we like to call our “big, powerful neighbor to the North.” They are both written by Americans, but that is where the similarities end. This book is published by Ian Randle Publishers and is written by Debbie Jacob, … More Making Waves: How the West Indies Shaped the United States [Book Review]

Predatory Males, Lawless Supporters and Militant Teachers: Jamaica on March 4, 2018


The weather is warming, and could it really be the month of March? Agriculture: There seems to be a lot of uncertainty in the coffee industry. There are rumours that the Mavis Bank Coffee Factory in the Blue Mountains, now owned by Michael Lee-Chin (who knew?) may close, but these have been denied. Caribbean: We think we … More Predatory Males, Lawless Supporters and Militant Teachers: Jamaica on March 4, 2018

Coffee News from the Blue Mountains


Last year we had a memorable trip up into the Yallahs-Hope Watershed with the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA). As part of the project, funded by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF), farmers are trained in Field Schools in sustainable land management. There is also a push towards agro-forestry, which … More Coffee News from the Blue Mountains

Crime Overwhelming, Roads Collapsing and Three Pounds of Sugar! Jamaica Weekly Review: Wednesday, January 17, 2018


This is actually a review of the year so far. What an extraordinary two weeks and three days it has been! And on top of all the strange and alarming incidents, a so-called pastor is planning to visit us later this month. I wrote about Steve Anderson here. Free speech, anyone? Click on the highlighted … More Crime Overwhelming, Roads Collapsing and Three Pounds of Sugar! Jamaica Weekly Review: Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Our Roads Are in a Terrible State. NIA Asks: Is Political Favoritism to Blame?


Over the past week or so, on a daily basis, citizens of mostly rural areas of Jamaica have been protesting the appalling state of our roads. We have all observed that the roads have deteriorated even further since this year’s rains set in, opening up yawning potholes, dangerous breakaways and sinking, subsiding surfaces. This is, … More Our Roads Are in a Terrible State. NIA Asks: Is Political Favoritism to Blame?

Taking a Peek


This week’s Weekly Photo Challenge is “Peek” – and rather than my camera taking a peek, some of these photos are of my camera catching people taking a peek!  Does that make sense?