An innovative art and permaculture scheme, Lifeyard is regenerating an area of downtown Kingston once beset with gang problems. The program is centered on an urban farming project, and its Rastafari organizers have also worked with the community and visiting artists to cover the whole street with beautiful and uplifting murals. It's not just pretty pictures though – the art is backed-up by youth projects including breakfast and homework clubs, workshops, educational support and media training so the community can tell their own stories.
There's a cafe selling vegetarian food, with much of the produce coming from the permaculture garden. Several of the residents are registered tour guides – contact them in advance to set up a tour. It's essential to introduce yourself when you arrive – this is a residential area, so don't just snap photos of the walls without asking permission (which is readily given). Inquiries from long-term volunteers with transferable skills are welcomed.