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WICKING BEDS WORKSHOP


The Public Entity Saba will celebrate World Food Day on Saturday, November 25, 2023, from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM at its hydroponics farm in Rendezvous. At the event, there will be an interactive workshop on how to build wicking beds. Here attendees will not only get to see how wicking beds are built, but some will be given the opportunity to take part in the building process of their own beds.


There will be 4 wicking beds available to the public. The first 4 persons to register to build the wicking beds will get to take their beds home with them. Interested persons can contact Justin Simmons-de Jong at justin.simmons@sabagov.nl or 416-3311 to sign up. A registration fee of USD $25 is required, which can be paid to Saba Reach at the event. The wicking beds will be delivered to the homes of the persons the following week by the hydroponics farm team. A step-by-step guide on how to build wicking beds will be available to all attendees.

This year’s theme for World Food Day is “Water is life, water is food. Leave no one behind.” This theme highlights the importance of water in our daily lives, especially in the production of the food we eat. Due to climate change, in recent years, Saba has experienced less rainfall with longer periods of drought. Water has become scarcer. This means, we must become more conservative and creative in the ways in which we use water, especially when it comes to local food production.


Wicking beds are an efficient way to increase food production while using significantly less water. This irrigation system was developed in Australia and is used around the world in arid countries where water is scarce. Earlier this year, the Public Entity Saba carried out a pilot project to promote backyard farming. Through this project, residents received financial assistance to help them set up their own backyard farming systems to be able to grow food for themselves and their families. This workshop on wicking beds is a continuation of the Public Entity's efforts to further increase local food production through the promotion of backyard farming.

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