As our islands get washed clean and flooded for a time with pure rainwater, there are little children looking out rain-splattered windows and dreaming about Project Grow. They wished and prayed for rain and here it is, in all its glory.
This is a project I believe in, one I encourage my team members to take part in, and one that has been proudly introduced to Cayman. It is a farm-to-plate lesson in agriculture and nutrition that our children, more accustomed to video games and air-conditioned indoor activities, have tucked into with gusto.
Schools apply to participate in the project. If they qualify, a Grow Box is set up in their school in preparation for Plant Day. Plant Day is when the kids and sponsors meet at the box early in the morning and plant seeds and seedlings – carrots, corn, eggplant, tomatoes, peppers, blue berries (if you can eat it we will probably plant it). There is a curriculum to follow, a farmer’s market, and recipes for kids to cook the foods they have lovingly grown.
I have vowed to not mix business with pleasure on this blog but there are some days I absolutely adore my job. Most days I just love it, but Plant Days are all Adore Days. I’m looking forward very much to what comes next.