Image: Deputy Public Affairs Officer at the U.S. Embassy, Gaina Davila (kneeling) prepares to start the Educational Garden at the Gordon Walters Primary, surrounded by some of the Class 2 and 3 students, and Julie Hooper-McNeel of Slow Food Barbados. (standing third left)
To celebrate Earth Day 2018, U.S. Embassy Bridgetown partnered with Slow Food Barbados to implement an Educational Garden at the Gordon Walters Primary School.
Donning their gardening gloves, Deputy Public Affairs Officer, Gaina Davila, officials from Slow Food Barbados, and a group of Class 2 and 3 children, aged eight to 10, accompanied by a teacher, started the Educational Garden at the school by planting a soursop tree; carrots; and beets.
Commenting on the U.S. Embassy’s activities to celebrate Earth Day, U.S. Ambassador to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the OECS, Linda Taglialatela said, “We wanted to celebrate Earth Day in a tangible way by reaching out to one of the schools in our community, and implementing an Educational Garden. This partnership with Slow Food Barbados and Gordon Walters Primary supports the U.S. Embassy’s goals of reducing youth participation in criminal and violent activities through improved education, life skills, and entrepreneurial development.”
The Educational Garden program aims to reconnect youth with their food by teaching them how to grow, cook, and enjoy fresh, locally grown food. Through increased confidence, knowledge, and skill building, youth will be empowered to become active participants in their food choices. By becoming informed gardeners and consumers, today’s youth will help make a positive impact on the larger world of food and farming well into the future.
Earth Day will be celebrated on April 22, 2018.