Last week I spent my honeymoon on a doTERRA incentive trip in Jamaica. The trip was perfectly planned, including a volunteerism day with the doTERRA Healing Hands Foundation. The project we got to help with was planting Jamaican ginger for a community through Farm Up Jamaica. This awesome non-profit seeks to empower Jamaicans to farm organically, decreasing the amount of food imported to the island nation while boosting the local economies.
Nearly 600 doTERRA Wellness Advocates jumped on buses and headed into the mountains. After just over an hour drive, we reached our destination. It didn’t look like much: rubble of an abandoned cement home being taken over by the encroaching jungle. Following a small road through the jungle, we came upon a beautifully cleared 5 acre field. Less than a week before, this field was pure jungle. Six local students spent days clearing the jungle out of the way equipped only with their hands and machetes. Our mission was to plant this prepared land with ginger. Led by local agricultural students, we planted until there was no more ginger root! The students will care for the plants until harvest nearly a year from now.
What’s so special about Jamaican ginger? Have you ever taken a bite of ginger bought from your local grocery store? It’s hot and a flavor like no other. Try it! Now imagine that heat and intensity increased five times. That is Jamaican ginger. There’s something special about ginger grown in Jamaica. The composition of the soil and the climate lend themselves to making a high quality root crop. If all goes well, this particular farm with those particular ginger roots could be harvested and distilled to make extremely potent essential oils. I hope to someday open up a bottle of Jamaican ginger essential oil and get butterflies in my stomach knowing that I could have planted that particular piece of root that was distilled into the oil I am holding and that I have helped improve the community surrounding that ginger farm.
If you want to donate to Farm Up Jamaica, do so knowing that doTERRA is currently committed to providing matching funds. Donations will help create more farms for Jamaicans, provide the means for seed saving projects and help agricultural students to take charge of their future, empowering them with the skills needed to lead their country into sustainability.