by Eulana Weekes
St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN): The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Marine Resources has embarked on the distribution of free seedlings to backyard gardeners. The initiative provides seedlings such as cauliflower, beets, cabbage, broccoli, lettuce, string beans, and sweet corn to backyard gardeners.
Head of the Media and Communications Unit at the Department of Agriculture, Chaira Flanders shared the aim of the distribution of the free seedlings.
“This initiative that started on January 24 is specifically to encourage backyard gardeners, whether you’re a member of the St.Kitts Backyard Gardeners Association or you love gardening in your backyard; this is to encourage persons who are very much interested in eating local and eat healthily to continue to do so, especially during these times. As you can tell, we are still reeling from the effects of the Covid 19 pandemic and it means that for St.Kitts we’ll be able to produce our own food,” Flanders explained.
The first step that qualifies an individual for the free seedlings is registration and the collection of information.
Ms. Flanders explained, “When you go to the Department of Agriculture this week, you will be able to give your contact information, you give your name, you sign up, you state perhaps whatever your interest is in the type of seedlings that you’d like and then, what you can do is just wait like the many others who went to sign up as well and by the end of the week, you should be getting a call to let you know you can come and collect these seedlings.”
The initiative will run for the next three months and backyard gardeners are asked to register for the free seedlings at the Department of Agriculture, through the Crops Extension Division at 467 1831 or 467 1841. Registration can also take place through the St.Kitts Backyard Gardeners Association at 660 4162.