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PEG Farm & Nature Reserve for ALL the family

PEG Farm and Nature Reserve : Get Revitalised and Make Your Kids Happy at the Same Time

By SARAH VENABLE

Do you and your children like the great outdoors? PEG Farm offers you opportunities to explore and enjoy it in ways you won’t find anywhere else on island.

Here in rural St. John you can ramble through a 100-acre biodynamic farm, interact with free range chickens and pigs, search for beehives, explore a medicinal herb garden, admire the view of the wild east coast from the cliff and enjoy the freshest of meals and juices in the café. If you’re moved to purchase some healthily raised vegetables or meats, you can do that too. You can even spend the night (or several) at their beautiful campsite.

PEG stands for People, Environment and Growth, a name that suggests the holistic nature of this very special place. Biodynamics, permaculture and free range animal husbandry are all practiced here in raising vegetables and landscaping plants; animals destined for the table after a happy life; and herbs for both culinary and medicinal use.

Even if you don’t care how manure improves the soil, there’s fun to be had with poop producers. The free range chickens, pigs and cows are all friendly and some can be petted. In the pig pasture, half the squeals might come from you and your kids as the curious animals nose you gently with their cool, moist snouts. There's also  weekend egg-collecting for children. Coaxing the hens to leave their nests and placing the warm eggs in a basket is an experience they won’t forget for a long time.

See the PEG Farm website (www.pegbarbados.com) for information on tours and workshops. Alternatively, you can explore the place on your own for a small entrance fee. Or visit the café for free and enjoy the rolling landscape from the huge deck.

Camping may or may not have been posted to the website by the time you read this, so here’s the essential information: It’s a gorgeous spot with trees, picnic tables, running water, composting toilets, barbecue grills and a delightful outdoor shower in a bamboo enclosure. The cost? Only $30 Barbados per adult, $20 for children under 14 and free for those under 5. Tents can be rented, but bring your own bedding and food-related utensils.

Call 433-9806 for further information. Tell them you saw PEG on YIGA.

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