Updated: Feb 8, 2021
When i comes to “ecotourism” I think P.E.G. farm offers something a little different for Barbados. The island’s first biodynamic farm has really made a splash on social media with their aesthetically pleasing eco-friendly messaging, but is it really worth all the hype? I’ll let you decide for yourself, but here are 5 things you'll love out them if you're anything like me!
1. The Food
P.E.G. has an absolutely beautiful farm to table cafe available to the public. So if you aren’t interested in the whole farm adventure, you can always just head over with a few friends for a weekend brunch. The menu is varied and exciting (I'd never had Pulled Pork Papaya Pancakes before but now it’s absolutely one of my favorite things!) and you can be sure that everything is fresh and flavorful, since it was grown a few feet away! The also have a good selection of vegetarian options (which I know can often be a complain about restaurants in Barbados.) It’s not just adventurous meals, they also have a variety of delicious cocktails, so you can always make it a booze brunch if it’s that kind of day! When I went, we ordered a couple things and shared and there was honestly nothing I didn’t like.
2. The View
A breathtaking view is not usually an element of a working farm but thanks to the location of PEG you can enjoy stunning views of the coast, specifically around the Bathsheba area. Taking a few minutes to enjoy the view is the perfect way to break up a hike or tour. ( Also it's the perfect spot for your insta pics!)
3. The Adorable Animals
It’s always nice to see animal happy and well taken care of. They’re legit pigs in mud here and you can tell that the whole farm geared toward giving them a healthy dignified life. Most of the animals are behind an electric fencing, but you can walk right into the chicken area, and every once in a while you’ll see a stray one pecking its' way around the farm. Be careful though, those chicken has a tendency to swarm and it can be somewhat scary for some little children.
4. The Camping
To be honest, I'm not aware of any other camping facilities like these on the island ( of course I'm sure they’re many and if you know what they are, please let me know in the comments!) They provide a variety of facilities including BBQ Grills, campfire pits, forest showers and bathrooms as well as cooking equipment. I haven’t actually been to camp but the fees are only $30 Bds per person so as soon as I find a reasonable priced tent i’ll be there! Just the thought of waking up to that view has me very excited!
5. The Mission
P.E.G. stands for People- Environment - Growth and that should give you an idea about where they’re getting their inspiration. The Peg Website says their vision is “A place where people come to be inspired by a creative cultural experience focused on environmental consciousness,regenerative agriculture, and holistic lifestyle practices.
"These important activities are supported by our beautiful polyculture farmscape, which provides a unique setting where people are vitalized by our nutritious food, restored by our educational offerings, and healed by the spirit of the land and through our wellness programs."
It’s a tall order, but I'd say they're well on their way. Many companies and brands are guilty of “greenwashing” their products or practices, but very quickly you can tell that this is not what’s happening at PEG. They’re truly dedicated to their sustainable mission and I think we could all do with being a little more conscious in Barbados and the wider world.
So what about you? Have you been to PEG? Is it the kind of thing you’d like to see more of in Barbados? Let me know in the comments below!
Looking for more info? Check out their full website here. https://www.pegbarbados.com/
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