Dutch-Canadian investor Ralph Birkhoff is the founder and chief operating officer of Connecticut-based Alquimi Renewables and co-founder of its farming operations group Island Growers Caribbean. His group has planted its roots here as the first 100 per cent climate smart and Category 5 hurricane-resistant greenhouse system in the Caribbean. It will be producing more than 4,000 pounds per month of organic quality greens for the local market, with a focus on “cold weather crops” including fresh greens, herbs, berry fruits, tomatoes, and peppers.
Working with Barbados partners Armag Farms, Island Growers Caribbean will be growing imported crops only, and will not be competing with local farmers.
The agri-solutions business, which has received guidance and facilitation from Invest Barbados, has an initial equity capital investment of US$500 000 in the first phase of its operations here, and is committed to investing up to US$3 million by phase three of its initiative.