Name: Barry Sawa
Name of Business: Village De Santo Community Garden Project
Location: Luganville, SANMA Province
Business Description: The Community Garden Project was initiated in April 2020 by Village de Santo Resort owners in a response to the impacts on the resort from border restrictions. Village de Santo applied for a United Nations Development Program (UNDP) grant for supporting communities affected my Covid-19 Pandemic. The key aim of the project was to keep their staff employed while also supplying fresh produce for their families and local community. The project application was successful and the donation of 2 blocks of land 2,000m2 (two thousand square meters of land) by Village De Santo resort was the first step to start the project. This program intervention achieved the following objectives: created an employment opportunity for people affected by Covid-19; created a food supply for the community in Santo (Vanuatu) affected by cyclone Harold; created a communal garden for members of several community to work together and harvest the seeds of their efforts; gain knowledge and experience in self-governing and small project management; learn new methods of farming and land management. Barry and his team are now seeking to develop a backyard garden Agri tour and farm to table experience. All team members are currently learning the principles of backyard gardening from the Department of Agriculture and have received product development support from the agritourism team.