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Efforts to revitalize school gardens and to encourage more youth to pursue agriculture were enhanced yesterday (April 3), when several farmers from the Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS) participated in the planting of 300 vegetable seedlings at the Chatsworth Infant and All-age School in St. James.
Armed with their farm tools and equipment, the farmers, who are affiliated with the Shaw Castle JAS branch, first participated in the school’s devotion exercise, where they gave motivational talks to students and staff, before assisting the students to plant a plot of lettuce, sweet pepper, beet root, tomato and cabbage.
According to President of the St. James Association of JAS Societies, Glendon Harris, “our efforts are geared towards bringing back schools into taking pride in farming and maintaining vibrant school gardens and at the same time, assisting in the molding of our young people into agriculture”.
He said that farmers had committed to visiting one school per month to set up and fence school gardens, with the Bogue Hill Primary and Junior High School being the first school to benefit under the initiative.
“Other schools to be visited will include: Springfield, Mount Horeb, Lottery, Bickersteth, Orange Hill and Catadupa All-age Schools among others. We are also looking to have each JAS branch in the parish adopt a school,” Mr. Harris informed.
He told JIS News, that for agriculture to succeed, the brighter minds must be attracted and encouraged into farming.
“We are therefore seeking to entice and motivate the entire youth population into agriculture . and so we urge all communities in St. James to come on board and partner with us, as together, we can make a difference”, he stated.