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The Secret to Thriving Plant Growth: How to Improve the pH in Soil

Are you struggling to get your plants to thrive? Perhaps you've tried everything from fertilizer to irrigation, but nothing seems to be working. Well, have you considered the pH level of your soil? Many gardeners overlook the importance of soil pH, but it can have a significant impact on the health and growth of your plants. Soil pH plays a crucial...

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Unlock the Secrets of Plant Biostimulants! (Boost Crop Performance)

Are you looking for a way to increase yields and improve crop performance? Plant biostimulants could be the answer. In this blog post, we will discuss what plant biostimulants are, the different types, their uses, and how to apply them for improved crop performance. We will also explore the benefits of healthy soil and how to achieve it with biosti...

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Organic Gardening 101: 5 Essential Tips for Creating Healthy Soil

Having healthy soil in your garden is crucial for the success of your plants. Not only does it provide the necessary nutrients for plant growth, but it also helps with water retention and provides a strong foundation for plants to root in. Organic gardening has become increasingly popular in recent years. People are turning to organic gardening met...

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Soil Health Hits Rock Bottom!

Barbados' soil health seems to have hit an all-time low on all counts, which has led to an unprecedented address in the islands' House of Assembly. The hot topic on the table is soil health and biodiversity. Farmers are now reaping from decades use of toxic synthetic agrochemicals, overdependence on synthetic fertilisers and intensive tillage-based...

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We made the TFF Challenge Top 10 for Sustainable Crop Inputs

 As a social enterprise on a mission to positively impact the world, we continue to build global partnerships with like-minded changemakers. Having this in mind, Red Diamond Compost took the opportunity to apply to this year's Thought For Food Challenge. The TFF Challenge is the world's largest and most diverse agri-food-tech innovation challe...

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Barbados Bloom Cleantech Cluster: A Global Program Model

Report on the BLOOM cleantech cluster meetings and training for Barbadian experts in Austria, Sweden and Denmark from 6th to 8th September 2022 Since 2018, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), with funding from the Global Environment Facility (GEF), is implementing the project "Strategic platform to promote sustainable en...

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From Sargassum to Liquid Sunshine

 A Barbadian agricultural entrepreneur is making the invasive and destructive sargassum seaweed into big business, turning it into plant fertilizer, using it to develop food for the Caribbean. From Sargassum to Liquid Sunshine A Barbadian agricultural entrepreneur is making the invasive and destructive sargassum seaweed into big business, turn...

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First Person: The Barbadian Entrepreneur Turning Sargassum Into Money

 Sargassum seaweed has blighted many of the beaches on Barbados for several years. Joshua Forte, a local entrepreneur, is convinced that it can be turned into a valuable commodity, and turned into highly effective, organic compost. In 2014, Mr. Forte started Red Diamond Compost, a biotech business that focuses on research, development, and the...

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Red Diamond CEO meets CARICOM heads of government at Agri-Investment Forum & Expo in Guyana

I would say that Red Diamond has been well received and even more encouraged to expand to Guyana by our Guyanese brothers and sisters." Joshua Forte, Founder & CEORed Diamond CEO meets CARICOM heads of government at Agri-Investment Forum & Expo in Guyana Red Diamond Compost Inc. founder and CEO Joshua Forte attended the inaugural CARICOM Ag...

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Forte’s Mission (Barbados Today)

Entrepreneur showing that agriculture remains viable. What started out as a simple search on how to grow nutritious food for his pet iguana, soon resulted in Joshua Forte starting a biotechnology firm – Red Diamond Compost – albeit on a bootstrap budget and strong support from his family. "I was trying to figure out how I could grow food for my igu...

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Black Gold – Red Diamond Compost

WE OFTEN THINK of crude oil and the oil industry when we hear of "Black Gold". However, it may be time to shift our perspectives on what we value. Innovator, world changer, scientist and next-generation "Guardian of the Earth", Joshua Forte is on a mission to ensure that "Every living person on this planet can easily access the most nutrient-dense ...

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Red Diamond Compost CEO Wins Canewood Award for Sustainable Agriculture Efforts

Red Diamond Compost Inc. CEO, Joshua Forte, has emerged victorious at the Barbados National Youth Awards 2023, receiving the prestigious Canewood Award. The award recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to agriculture, horticulture, the environment, or agro-processing. Mr. Forte, who is also a member of the Bloom Cleantech Cl...

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Bloom Cleantech Incubator Award

The Cleantech Cluster Barbados (BLOOM) awarded grants of BDS$20,000 to five companies from its incubator programme on Tuesday 11 January 2022. Launched in 2018, BLOOM is a landmark initiative for the Barbados Investment and Development Corporation, currently trading as Export Barbados (BIDC), that seeks to promote cleantech entrepreneurship and the...

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Sargassum Solution: A Case Study from Jamaica and Barbados

Sargassum Webinar: International Coastal Cleanup Day In order to better understand how we can effectively manage the influx of Sargassum, the National Environment & Planning Agency has partnered with a multidisciplinary team from the Faculty of Science and Technology at the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus.  The team has been con...

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Barbadian Company among 15 Commonwealth Innovators Awarded for work on Sustainability

A Barbadian company, Red Diamond Compost Inc, is among 15 individuals and groups that have been awarded for making a major impact on communities, countries and regions of the Commonwealth, with their innovative solutions.  Barbadian Company among 15 Commonwealth Innovators Awarded for work on Sustainability A Barbadian company, Red Diamond Com...

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GES 2019 - BARBADOS MAKES ITS’ MARK

The Global Entrepreneurs Summit (GES2019), held in The Hague, the Netherlands last June 3-5, with more than 1,700 corporate executives and government officials and 300 investors from 130 different countries, including 2 entrepreneurs from Barbados. With over 16,000 applicants this year, the international conference, co-hosted by the US Department o...

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