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Samisoni Farms Backyard Competition Encourages Fijian Backyard Farming

The Urban Backyard Farming Competition is an event that is open to the public and free to join. The only requirement is that the entrants live in an urban area and are either over 18 or have the supervision of their guardian (if under 18).
10 Oct 2020 14:27
Samisoni Farms Backyard Competition Encourages Fijian Backyard Farming
Owner of Hot Bread Kitchen Mere Samisoni.

Samisoni Farms is assisting Fijians during these trying times by encouraging backyard farming.

The company, a subsidiary of Samisoni Enterprises Ltd, has recently become a household name because of its Karyon product, a soil enricher which works by organically balancing and replenishing soil ecology, which naturally increases crop yield and nutritional value of the crops so that farmers can continue to grow our food in healthy and sustainable way.

Using their brandname of Hot Bread Kitchen, which is a sister subsidiary of Samisoni Enterprises, the Karyon team recently embarked on the Urban Backyard Farming Competition as a community project created to encourage urban dwellers to get creative and use resources at their disposal to plant food at home.

 

Urban Backyard Farming Competition

The Urban Backyard Farming Competition is an event that is open to the public and free to join. The only requirement is that the entrants live in an urban area and are either over 18 or have the supervision of their guardian (if under 18).

Some pertinent information necessary for the purposes of the competition, while fertilizer and soil conditioner is allowed, chemical pesticides are forbidden.

The panel of judges made up of three professionals with background in farming and agriculture will look at the overall health and vitality of the plants, as well as the creativity and innovation of the urban farm to choose an overall winner. Competitors must plant at least three varieties of crops.

 

Prizes

For prizes, Samisoni Farms is giving a cash prize and free Karyon products to the overall winner of the backyard farming competition.

The competition, which started in August has so far attracted 26 applicants. Judges will sit over applicants and visit gardens around Fiji, starting from the October 13. Using video conferencing, some applicants will be judged via video calls.

The organisers of this community backyard farming competition have noted that many of the backyard farmers chosen, have not gone too modern with their farming practices, instead opting to stick with traditional iTaukei Permaculture, Biodynamic farming, Hydroponics and Aquaponics.

Two backyards chosen use seaweed. Some of the farms chosen, use fallen trees to increase bio activity. A majority of farms chosen, use organic methods, including Karyon, and they feed their families from their gardens.

Some interesting applicants under the keen watch of the judges are those like a family in Waila that farms high-end crops like Kale, and some creative lawyers who utilise living spaces to grow edible foods. Very encouraging is the fact that the youngest competitor, is a Year Eight student from Levuka, Ovalau.

The winners are expected to be announced at the end of October, and announcements shall be made in collaboration with the media and communities of Fiji who will no doubt be keen to see the winners being selected.

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