Congratulations to Abaco entrepreneur Huel Moss, who received the Governor General’s Community Farmer of the Year award at the inaugural Bahamian Agrarian Awards, held September 16 in Nassau.
A joint venture between the Bahamas Ministry of Agriculture, Marine Resources and Family Island Affairs and the Agriculture Development Organization (AD0), the Agrarian Awards celebrate the commitment and hard work of Bahamian farmers, who play such a vital role in our communities and the Bahamian economy.
Though as a child Huel dreamed of being a farmer, life led him toward a career as a science teacher.
His interest in agriculture never wavered, though, and eventually, he founded Fruity Freddie Farms, a business that uses local, organic product to create a line of sauces, jellies, jams and more.
As he neared his summer 2019 retirement from teaching, Huel began work on an orchard devoted to producing indigenous Bahamian fruits. Once again, however, life (or in this case, Hurricane Dorian) would interfere with his plans.
Though Huel continues to develop his fruit orchard, he now also manages the Abaco Strong Treasure Cay Community Garden, an aquaponic garden created after Dorian to teach local residents how to use this innovative technology to grow food for their families and to sell.
He also now operates his own aquaponic garden, producing microgreens which he sells direct to local customers and farmers’ markets.
If you’d like to learn more about Fruity Freddie Farms or Huel’s other agricultural pursuits, he may be reached HERE. You’ll usually also find him at the Abaco Strong’s monthly Farmers’ Market at BAIC Park in Marsh Harbour.
Congratulations again, Huel, on this well-deserved recognition, and thanks for all you do to promote sustainability and food self-sufficiency in our community. You’re a terrific role model and a wonderful ambassador for Abaco!