Community Garden hosts Agri-cultural Market Day

ST. PETERS–St. Peters Community Gardens will be hosting a “Cultural Xpression” Agri-cultural Community Market Day and Music Festival at Rupert Maynard Community Centre in St. Peters on Sunday, 11:00am to 10:00pm.

The Festival will consist of a number of activities and entertainment for all ages to increase community, health and agricultural awareness through demonstrations and lectures.

The Community Centre will be transformed into a market place with produce from the St. Peters Community Garden on display, along with other regional produce, cultural arts and crafts and food vendors. A display of an aquaponic system and a traditional backyard garden set-up will also be exhibited. Steven Suen of Natural Health Center will be present with a detoxing station.

Lecturers during the day will be Priest Kailsh from St. Lucia who will give a lecture on herbal health awareness. Community Garden’s Managing Director Denicio Wyatte will be speaking about agricultural awareness and waste management. Wallace Leonard of the Police Force of St. Maarten will be speaking about community safety.

Throughout the day there will be cultural manifestations and live-performances by Benjamin Bell. “There will also be plenty of fun bouncing activities to keep the kids going while the adults get a chance to observe the positive information,” organisers said.

As the evening sets in the streets will become a dance floor as DJ Pauly, Deej Blaze, DJ Prestige, DJ Biggers and Hearted Lion Sound take the stage to keep the momentum of the day going. Live performances for the evening will include King James, King Ashandi, Iyah Pikney, 03 and A Static. Masters of Ceremonies for the day will be Lady Destiny and MC Rukshun.

The St. Peters Community Garden Research and Development Centre is geared towards granting opportunities to less fortunate and unemployed members of the surrounding communities by means of mentoring, educating, and hands-on training in the fields of agriculture, carpentry, masonry, electronics, computer and data gathering.

The Centre is to become a place where members of the community may be able to get fresh organic produce, and information on backyard gardening and, in the near future, seeds, organic fertilizers and composted soil. The garden will also be focussing on crop production, a percentage of which will be donated to less fortunate families.

The Centre will also become a data-gathering station where vital information on agricultural based research on crop types sustainable for growth in our climate will be compiled. Other data based on community-enhancement research will also be gathered and shared with the general public.

“We would like to get people in the community out to share a bit more information about the possibilities we believe may help toward uplifting our communities and its members, so we decided to put together a Community Market Day and Music Festival, and would like for the general population to come out,” said Wyatte.

“What better way to get the people out to enjoy a fulfilled day with family and friends, while being able to obtain vital information on health, agri-culture and community development, eat great cultural food, and enjoy great locally-made arts and crafts, and listening to some of St. Maarten’s greatest disk jockeys and local artistes. All come together to bring you a cultural experience never seen before on St. Maarten.”

Source: The Daily Herald