ST. CROIX — Children frolicked as they circled a yellow and inexperienced tent readied for Saturday’s opening ceremony of Agrifest, a 50-year celebration of the Virgin Islands Agriculture and Food Fair that attracts attendees from close to and much to expertise St. Croix’s bountiful delicacies and tradition.
Residents stood below the tent or sat at yellow picnic tables and rows of lined chairs to listen to from a large number of officers, and the recipients of the highest farming awards — Livestock Farmer of the Year and Crop Farmer of the 12 months.
The awards went to Alphonso James and Badeau Chrisphonte, respectively. In addition to trophies and a stipend from the Fair board, James and Chrisphonte every have been introduced with checks from the Virgin Islands Daily News.
The seasoned farmers have been acknowledged alongside 4 particular honorees and 9 others who obtained recognition posthumously for their agricultural and food-related accomplishments.
Though the honest has occurred for 50 years Agriculture Commissioner Positive Nelson mentioned the neighborhood is celebrating a legacy that’s for much longer and deeper than that, and if there was any takeaway from his remarks, he hoped it could be that attendees would take rising meals severely.
“We are living in a time when your source of food and having access to a source of food close to you is a paramount importance,” Nelson mentioned. “Food is not an option it is incumbent on us. We live on an island surrounded by water so as much as possible should facilitate the growth of food.”
The imaginative and prescient for agriculture within the territory is closely influenced by Act 8404, a regulation created over two years in the past calling on the Department of Agriculture and the University of the Virgin Islands to formulate a territorial agriculture plan.
UVI President David Hall mentioned the plan
addresses water and irrigation challenges,
and may be discovered on the Agriculture division’s web site.
Later, Hall and Nelson have been joined by a bunch of dignitaries together with Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. and first girl Yolanda Bryan; Lt. Gov. Tregenza Roach; Senate President Donna Frett Gregory, Senate Vice President Novelle Francis Jr. and V.I. Delegate to Congress Stacey Plaskett in reducing the ribbon, signaling the beginning of the three-day honest.
Once opened, fairgoers may mill in regards to the grounds and store for meals, pastries and home made drinks, vegetation, and a number of merchandise that ran the gamut from leather-based items and work to jewellery and T-shirts. There have been reveals by numerous faculties and each private and non-private organizations arrange tents to coach residents about providers. Among them have been Viya, Liberty VI, the Division of Personnel, the V.I. Economic and Development Authority, Tourism, the Disability Rights Center of the Virgin Islands, O’Neale’s Transport Inc. in partnership with VITEMA, FEMA and Crowley delivery, which registered residents for V.I. Alert forward of the June 1 begin of hurricane season and the V.I Department of Health, which supplied free COVID vaccinations.