Meet Nicumma Carr Co-Founder/Director and Head Chef of Life Yard, also known has ikuma. Nominated best kept secret for vegan and vegetarian restaurant by the Jamaican Observer. With hard work, and dedication him and his fellow Brothers of Rastafarian won the Caribbean Heritage Robert Nesta Marley Humanitarian Award.
Ikuma vision started as a little boy growing up in downtown central Kingston in a small neighbourhood called "Southside" at 44 Fleet Street which kept his memories of early childhood. Ikuma with his other brothers of Rastafarian knew they wanted to be a positive role model to the inner city youths of Southside community so they created a place we all now grown to loved called Life Yard.
Life Yard is where he implement his skills of Agriculture. Where the art and science cultivating the soil, growing crops, and reproducing products. Seeing the products, and knowing what farming can do and how it too can help reduce people's risk for heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, osteoporosis, and several types of cancer, as well as help them teaches the younger generation about healthy eating.
With 2 known grandmothers of the Southside community, and their love for cooking which spreads throughout the neighbourhood, and everyone enjoy their authentic Jamaican dishes. It was no surprise at the age of 16, when he decided he wanted to do more for his community, and make a change with his skills and passion for cooking. He created Life Yard Restaurant. Not only his meals are from nothing but natural herbs and spices but it's prepared with food, also grown and harvested on Life Yard Farm, and the local market.
Ikuma is known for his special vegan dishes and natural beverages. To hear when visitors around the world talks about his food you can only vision your next trip to Life Yard, but it's an experience you will never forget when you taste his flavourly dishes.