about the market

Jack Kidd
Jack Kidd
founder
Photo: © by Rosemary Parkinson

Holders Farmers’ Market was created in 2011 to help local organic farmers sell their produce to customers at a fair price. Currently Barbados imports almost 90% of its food and drinks and local farmers are finding it more and more difficult to compete with these imported goods and get a share of this vital market. “We are taking the first step to hopefully start increasing the supply and demand for locally grown organic foods,” says Jack Kidd, the founder of the market. “Barbados has the land and the climate to grow organic produce, by increasing the demand for locally organically grown produce, we are hoping to encourage more Barbadians to see the value and future of farming, in turn creating more jobs and building a sustainable farming industry.”

Huge overseas industralized farms will always be more competitive with the use of pesticides and chemicals at mass-producing vegetables. Farmers in developing countries need to find a different angle, become more specialized finding their niche by organic farming.

manager
Nasim Degia
manager operations
Tonya Gibson
manager administration

Holders Farmers’ Market believes that organic farming offers a long-term solution to Barbados’ food insecurity. By supporting this market and in turn local farmers there are other benefits for the wider economy:

More of everyone’s hard earned money will stay on the island helping our economy grow.
More people will be employed in this sector helping to reduce un-employment.
Shorter distances from farm to table will reduce transport costs lowering our food carbon foot print.

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