On 26th February, CARDI Bahamas joined with the Over The Hill (OTH) Committee and the Ministry of Education to launch a school garden project in the OTH Community.
Together with the Faculty of Food and Agriculture of the University of the West Indies, (St Augustine), Bahamas Agriculture and Marine Science Institute (BAMSI) and the Ministry of Agriculture and Marine Resources, CARDI will oversee the establishment, demonstration and training in innovative climate smart, land less and soil less crop production systems in 13 schools. Over 5,000 children between the ages of 4-16, their parents and members in the community are set to directly benefit from this project.
Hands on training will be complemented by capacity building initiatives and supplemented by user friendly information products such as factsheets and manuals.
Students and members from the OTC will be exposed to the basic principles involved in the construction of these systems, which can be advanced into business ventures for increased social and economic empowerment. Some of the systems being introduced are PVC hydroponics, grow boxes, trellising and micro tunnels.
The project is designed to; expose students to new technologies in the production of safe and nutritious fresh food; introduce them to agriculture career paths and ensure healthy eating habits take root in the early years. Additionally, it will positively contribute to the development of the students’ social skills and mental well-being.
The OTH Community project is supported by the Prime Minister’s Office, Dr. The Honourable Hubert Minnis whose vision is to rejuvenate and restore pride in the disadvantaged communities.
To facilitate this activity CARDI signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Government of the Bahamas in January 2020.