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Tasting Sweet Jamaica at Bluefields Organic Fruit and Vegetables Farm

A short ride up into the hills from Bluefields Beach brings you to Bluefields Organic Fruit Farm and Tours.

“Watch it! Stop–stop–stop!”

Keith rushes closer to where I’m standing, beside a small, prickly bush I had failed to notice at the start of our hike.

“Did I step on something? Agh! I stepped on a plant.”

“No, no, no, no, it’s more than that. It’s a scratchy bush. I should’ve warned you about that one.”

I feel an immediate burning sensation on my ankles, right above the sock line, but I don’t panic because Keith tells me it’s harmless.

The prickly bush that greeted me.

“It’s medicinal bush, but it scratches!”

The tingle continues but it’s bearable and I move on, knowing time is ticking and sensing a lot to discover with the farmer teacher I had just met.

“You can tell I’m not on farms that often,” I joked.

It was the first of many lessons on my two-hour tour of Keith’s farm–officially called the Bluefields Organic Fruit Farm, Vegetables, Herbs and Tours, located just an hour southeast of Negril, in the hills of Bluefields’ small coastal and fishing community. Lessons about fruits, medicinal plants, and the benefits of organic farming–all born out of a family’s passion and vision.

Meeting Keith Wedderburn, founder of Bluefields Organic Fruit Farm

When I first called Keith Wedderburn, at the suggestion of Diana McIntyre-Pike, renowned founder of community tourism in Jamaica and in the Caribbean, he immediately agreed to show me around his organic farm, and even offered to drive me there. We would meet on a Saturday morning at a—>

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Jamaica 2017: Co-authoring the next Rough Guide to Jamaica

Port Royal – © Lebawit Girma

If you follow my Facebook or Instagram pages, you already know that I’m co-authoring and updating the next edition of Rough Guide to Jamaica (Rough Guides UK, releasing in 2018). My portion of the book starts at Hanover parish and extends along the western and southern coasts onto Negril, Bluefields, Belmont, Whitehouse, Treasure Beach, Mandeville and all the way to Kingston.

Pelican Bar – © Lebawit Girma

My update trip to Jamaica this Fall led to inspiring new finds and experiences. It took me deeper into Jamaica, with more

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