Cayman Compass reporter Norma Connolly visited Beacon Farms to see the farm in action and to interview our founder Granger Haugh. Her article was published in the Cayman Compass on 28 February 2021.
Anthony Cohen sits atop a $300,000 piece of heavy machinery in a field down a dusty lane in North Side. He switches on the tractor engine and slowly lowers a boxy, yellow piece of equipment with toothed, metal rotary blades onto the rocky ground. And then the grinding starts.
In a few short minutes, he has transformed an area of solid rock and hard-packed earth into soil fine enough to drizzle through one’s fingers, as Cohen, Beacon Farms’ machinery supervisor, demonstrates.
This equipment is among the state-of-the-art innovations at work at Beacon Farms, where the staff consists mostly of recovering drug and alcohol addicts being given a second chance at employment and life. On the farm, off Frank Sound Road, the workers grow tobacco, beets, coconuts, and other fruit and vegetables.
Read the full article here.