In St Lucia, Gardening for Health

By: Caribbean Journal Staff - February 22, 2012

By the Caribbean Journal staff

St Lucia’s government is continuing a programme aimed at fighting health problems through gardening, part of a wave of agricultural initiatives throughout the Caribbean.

But the country’s Backyard Gardening Programme also looks to tackle a second issue: food security.

“We all understand the implications of the non-communicable diseases,” said Kemuel Jean Baptiste, chief extension officer for the programme.

“Part of the whole backyard gardening idea is to have as a ready supply the herbs and vegetables that are recommended as part of the process, and for combating our poor nutrition habits,” he said.

The country finished the programme’s second year last week, with what Baptiste called a “tremendous response.”

“Food security is not just for a few,” said Virnet James, the programme’s coordinator. “So the business of food security belongs to us all.”

Promoting new streams of agricultural produce is becoming even more vital as the country continues its struggle with the Black Sigatoka disease, which has been ravaging the country’s farms, particularly the banana sector.

Popular Posts

The 10 Best Overwater Bungalows in the Caribbean, From Aruba to Belize

Overwater villas at Caribbean resorts aren’t just a novelty — they’re also among the most luxurious and beautiful accommodations you can stay in. And while all of the bungalows perched above the waves have their charms, some stand out among […]

United Airlines Is Launching New Nonstop Flights to Belize

river in belize

The river lodges. The blue hole. The Maya history. The reefs. If you haven’t been to Belize, you’re missing one of the Caribbean’s most beautiful, adventure-filled destinations.  And now with another new flight, it’s easier to get there than ever […]

A Tiny New Boutique Hotel Just Opened on a Pink Sand Beach in The Bahamas 

potlatch club pink sand with blue water

The pink sand, the historic cottages, the chic beach bars and luxe villas. You may be thinking of Harbour Island.  But this is another increasingly hip destination in The Bahamas: Governor’s Harbour, Eleuthera, which just welcomed a brand-new boutique hotel.  […]

Related Posts coconut bay

St Lucia’s Coconut Bay Completes $3 Million Refurbishment

By Dana Niland CJ Contributor St Lucia’s Coconut Bay all-inclusive has reopened after completing $3 million in refurbishments over the course of a month-long closure. The enhancements focused on improving guests’ experiences from dining experience from dining venues to poolside. […]

Rum Journal: The Rum Awards 2017

rum awards

It began in 2012 with an idea: to lift up rum. The aim was to celebrate the glory of rum, to honor the greatest rums just as wines and spirits and so many other categories are honored. Rum Journal’s Rum […]

Cruise Ships Return to St Maarten

By the Caribbean Journal staff The first commercial cruise ships called on St Maarten on Tuesday since Hurricane Irma, a major step in the island’s recovery. Viking Ocean Cruises’ Viking Sea made its inaugural visit to St Maarten, welcomed by […]


Sign up for Caribbean Journal's free newsletter for a daily dose of beaches, hotels, rum and the best Caribbean travel information on the net.

No. Thank You