Several residents of the British Virgin Islands took advantage of the free ferry service provided by local government to attend the 49th staging of the Agriculture Festival held at the weekend on St Croix in the United States Virgin Islands.
The three-day event featured a variety of agricultural produce, arts and craft, food and drinks, and live music at Estate Lower Love area.
“Each year, we try to make it to the St Croix Agriculture Fest,” Events and Sponsorship Coordinator with the BVI Tourist Board Cindy Rosan-Jones told members of the media.
“It is important for us at the board because we sponsor a lot of local events and we also have the BVI Food Fete every year, the Poker Run and all these major events. So we try to reach out to our regional partners especially our partners here in the USVI, so we can have them coming over to the BVI for our major events or just to come and relax for a weekend, a week, to chill out with us.”
Meanwhile, Territorial At-Large representative Neville Smith said the trip was to “reignite agriculture in the BVI”.
He explained: “We want to show the farmers in the BVI and USVI that we really support them, so that’s why we gave it (the trip) at no cost to the farmers and whoever wanted to come. It’s all about networking. They could come, exchange livestock, and engaging back in agriculture. I would love to see this is an annual something that we do.”
Appreciate the support BVI
The organizer of the event, Senator Terrence ‘Positive’ Nelson said he appreciated the support from the BVI.
“This is what I love about Agriculture Festival. The Virgin Islands come together and create a melting pot of different people with different ethnic backgrounds, different economic class, we just blend for three days, Nelson said.
He continued: “I love it, and I really appreciate the greater Virgin Islands concept, and I appreciate that the BVI has been consistently coming here as well.”
He said agriculture is once again ‘trending’ in the neighbouring territory.
“People are using aquaponics; they are using new methods and putting it to the architecture, children are getting involved again, so I think we are just capitalizing on what is happening again as part of the green movement. We want healthy food; we have events where people are cooking on the farm; it is trending. What makes it attractive is that we include others, and we encourage others to come to be a part of our fair,” the senator added.
Over the three-day weekend, 36,000 people were projected to visit the festival to support the 88 vendors, 39 farmers and the four value-added vendors who utilize the farm produce to make jams, chutney and the like.
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