One primary school on the island has taken the initiative to steer its pupils and the surrounding community towards producing and consuming locally grown food.
The quiet serenity of Black Rock was transformed during the early hours of last Friday (March 2), as the teachers and pupils of the Black Rock Government Primary School marched through the streets promoting the benefits of eating home-grown food.
The exercise was part of the school’s annual fund-raising walkathon. The group made its way through the villages of Black Rock and Pleasant Prospect, then down to the Grafton Old Road.
The walk ended at the Katzenjammers Pan Theatre, where participants were sold breakfast made from local ingredients.
The school’s principal, Milton Eastman, said the school chose the Stay Loyal: Eat Local theme to highlight the need for more people to get involved in agriculture.
“The recent challenges with transportation has put the entire island in a completely different frame of mind. So during one of our PTA meetings ... some parents decided to be the solution and developed the event.”
Eastman said the exercise extended beyond the walkathon.
“One of the other things we did was challenge our students to produce local items which they brought to school and sold to other students...and the students kept the proceeds.”
He said the children were told their produce had to be “local and healthy”.
“We had students bringing fruit chow, sucker bags made from local fruit juices, preserved fruits, just to name a few.”
The principal expressed pleasure that the parents supported the cause and noted that the school plans to expand on the initiative “soon.”