|Ministry creates a virtual Backyard Gardening Zone.|
|Written by Stevenson Skeete|
|Thursday, 02 August 2012 08:55|
Facebook users who love gardening have been mingling in a special virtual space. It’s a place where they go daily to get and share ideas and tips. The place is the Backyard Gardening Zone, an experimental effort of the Minisrty’s Food Crop department at using a social media platform to share modern ideas on sustainable gardening.
The membership has grown to a modest 184 persons, but the “reach” goes well beyond. Every week the outreach is anywhere from 400 to 700. Visitors are mainly Barbadians at home and in the USA, but the reach extends to 20 countries.
Visitors to the zone get to see and share photos and videos of garden experiences, while taking advantage of technical tips on growing crops. There are also links to information on the health benefits of fruit and vegetables and many other useful types of information.The sharing experience has been already encouraging. As time goes on it is hoped that more and more persons will share their own experiences and touch the gardening lives of others.
Facebook gardeners are being encouraged to reach out and “touch” others with their “green” hands. The idea in mind is that posting a single photo can be like saying 1000 words to someone else. It may be about a better gardening technique, solving a problem or whatever other experience there is to share. Everyone has their own “story” to tell and one may never know who is “touched” by that outreach effort.
The site can be visited on Facebook by the following link: https://www.facebook.com/bookmarks/pages#!/pages/Backyard-Gardening-Zone/247440910343
For those who are not “facebookers”…..most of the photos can even be seen by non-Facebook users.
Internet users are welcome to visit the Zone today