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The terrain, although near the coast, is hilly and rough, yet the fields of the farm were once the source of a thriving agricultural estate that grew coconuts, bananas, limes, and cocoa. This resulting from a make up of varying soil-types that nourish the crops well, and thus giving way for an abundance of terroirs on the farm from where the cane grows today.
Coupling to the success of the thriving crops, are the the two rivers that run through the farm and flow through to the sea. The bright red clay add vibrancy to the farms, and the sounds of the streams soothe the soil, the soul, the cane. Lower fields caress a swamp, which may have attributed to the rare growth of rice on the same land back in the 50th century. All six varieties of cane grow on the farm. And the fields, each with their own characteristics play with the cool ocean breeze, the warm sun-kissed earth and the farming techniques implemented to produce a crop ready to surprise the palette.
Acquired in 1953 by father and son: Dennis Henry (son) and Ferdinand Henry (father). At the time, the Estate was 992 acres of land. Then, it was a progressive agricultural estate with diverse crops, with the main ones being Coconut, Cocoa, Bananas, Limes and Nutmeg. In the 1970s and 1980s, the estate thrived, with full time employees of up to 150 people, 100 on average, at a time. The products on the farm were sold locally and exported internationally.
With the decline of the agricultural industry in Grenada in the 1990s, the land’s production rate decreased. Hope Estate shifted to real estate, and some of the land was developed into the residential area currently near the plantation known as Hope City. The Estate remained in the Henry family, and at present is owned by Christian Henry and his four siblings. Current day operations include a blend of Agriculture and Real Estate Development, with plans to develop some of the land into resorts.
The production of sugarcane on the land was introduced with the Renegade Rum project as cane was not a crop that was produced on the estate. As the estate is very hilly, cane did not seem as a viable crop as there is a perception that cane must grow on flat land. However, with the farming techniques and expertise brought in by CaneCo and Renegade, sugar cane on the land and this interesting piece of land is now seen to be a success.
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Meadows Lane, Conference,
St. Andrews, Grenada, West Indies
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