Home Organic Food Farm Summer School Launch


Children parade curiously to the Rabbitry section of the summer school. Catering for children from 5 to 15 years old

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By Shermain Bique-Charles

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This summer, young people have the opportunity to acquire a direct approach to agriculture.

About 45 participants are already part of the Home Organic Food Farm Summer School which was officially launched yesterday in Clarke’s Hill.

The event, which is the brainchild of Bishop Charlesworth Browne and members of the Christian Ministries Center, targets children between the ages of 5 and 15, with a special place for adults who wish to work with their children in agriculture.

“We started the home-based organic food farm separately, but then we recognized that it was something our kids needed to embrace. The summer school presents a great opportunity for our children to seize the vision of actually being able to grow your own food, no matter how much space you have at home,” Bishop Browne told Observer.

Browne said he pitched the idea which was later picked up by someone in his department, reinforcing the plan.

Plans to make the program a “national cause” are also being discussed according to Browne.

Meanwhile, former Minister of Agriculture and leader of the National Democratic Alliance (ADN), Joanne Massiah, said at the inaugural ceremony this morning that it is extremely important to introduce young people to the ‘agriculture.

“Agriculture is the foundation of society and the foundation of any society. We recognize that if we are lucky we interact with food three times a day, breakfast, lunch and dinner. It is incumbent on all of us to play our part to ensure that the nation, the communities, have a sustainable food security plan,” she said.

Meanwhile, Anthony Smith, the United Progressive Party candidate for All Saints West, said Covid-19 had shone a light on the importance of food safety.

“I think one thing that Covid would have taught us as a country is the importance of food security. We can repeat it over and over again. We have seen through the pandemic the struggle to get food here and the rising cost of food. Food security should be one of our top priorities as a country and the best way to get there is to start with our young people,” Smith said.

Participants will be exposed to and introduced to small gardening and its techniques, beekeeping and rabbit breeding, while learning to preserve the environment.

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