Virgin Islands Sustainable Farm Institute

Winner of the 2011 Environmental Quality Award from the EPA -- which is the highest honor given to a public farm -- the Ridge to Reef Farm (R2R) run by the Virgin Islands Sustainable Farm Institute is the first and the only USDA certified organic farm in the US Virgin Islands. The farm came into being in 2010 and focuses on restoring land that was ravished for years of plantation farming, as well as the promotion of green and sustainable living. Visitors are welcome to visit the farm to learn about sustainable farming and even purchase the produce.

The gardens at R2R are small, but each demonstrates the use of at least one sustainable farming technique including solar power, animal husbandry, and organic cropping. The workers at R2R also have a passion for holistic living, slow food cooking, and a natural connection. On site, visitors can explore and learn about a variety of farm animals and gardens. Currently, R2R specializes in tropical fruits, herbs, root vegetables, salad greens, and chicken eggs.

Location

Located in the heart of the island of St. Croix, near downtown Christiansted, Virgin Islands Sustainable Farm Institute happily welcomes local residents and vacationers who are lodging on this part of the island. Whether or not you're staying in this location, you should consider dropping by to enjoy a great time. It is west-southwest of Christiansted.

To reach R2R from the East of the island, take the paved Mahogany Road into the rainforest. After Norma's Domino Club, take the second right onto 58, and continue on until you reach the top of the hill. As the hill descends to the west, you will see a sign for the farm. From the West side of the island, take Road 58 past Creque Cam and Mount Victory Campground to the top of the road where it turns into Scenic West. Take a sharp left and you will be at the farm gate. A jeep with high clearance is recommended due to the condition of the roads. NOTE: Due to our road situation (decent pot holes) we recommend driving a jeep coming up here.

Nearby Restaurants

If the time you spend visiting the farm leaves your stomach stomach growling, don't fret -- you'll find numerous choices of restaurants in this area. The most convenient restaurant to Virgin Islands Sustainable Farm Institute is Beijing House Restaurant, a wonderful locale to have a bite to eat at on your way to spending time at this farm. Also close-by, you'll encounter eateries like Coral Reef Bar and Grill and Island Dairies so hopefully, at least one of these nearby picks will satiate the whole entire gang.

Nearby Attractions

You'll find a couple other attractions in the area, including Peter Carl Limpricht Park, which is within driving range in Christiansted. Also, you might consider checking out The Lutheran Church, which is another attraction not far away.

Farms are one type of attraction you can visit, but there's plenty else to see during your stay. The following table includes other attractions close-by.

Attractions Near Virgin Islands Sustainable Farm Institute
Attraction Type Distance Direction Location
Peter Carl Limpricht Park -- -- -- Christiansted
The Lutheran Church Historic Site -- -- Downtown Christiansted
Apothecary Hall Museum -- -- Downtown Christiansted
Government House Historic Site -- -- Downtown Christiansted
St. Croix Archaeological Museum Museum -- -- Downtown Christiansted
Scale House Historic Site -- -- Downtown Christiansted
Steeple Building Museum -- -- Downtown Christiansted
Customs House Historic Site -- -- Downtown Christiansted

More Information

Location: Frederiksted, St. Croix

Phone

(340) 220-0466

Website

http://www.visfi.org/

 

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