Farming for seniors, Brackers

Events scheduled for Saturday, 30 October

Market At the Grounds has quickly
become an instant agricultural success in Cayman. This weekend the local market
will be the site of special activities for senior citizens.

On Saturday, 30 October, the market
will have a number of activities geared toward Cayman’s mature garden-lovers.
In addition to samplings of local foods, presentations will be given regarding
traditional Caymanian folk remedies and managing diabetes. Among the members of
society involved are Vivine Watler (of Mrs. Vivine’s Kitchen), Alvin McLaughlin
(who will speak about teas for medicinal purposes), and Allan Ebanks (who will
perform a skit).

The Cayman Islands Agricultural
Society is teaming up with the Health Services Authority, East End senior
citizens and the George Town Heritage Committee for the event.

Secretary of the Agricultural
Society Kerry Townsend spoke about the plans for this weekend’s market.

“We’re putting together something
that is interactive,” Mr. Townsend said. “We are partnering with the authority
to talk about diabetes and the effects of it. At the same time we hope to
present healthy alternatives through the tasting of old Caymanian dishes. It’ll
be interesting to hear the seniors take on that.

“There will also be folklore that
will focus on the different teas on the island with samples on display for
people to taste. We’re hoping to have a number of senior citizens out there
that can talk about bush medicine. I’m not sure if you have relatives on island
that know about that, but basically bush medicine refers to the various herbal
remedies that were used years ago by Cayman’s ancestors when there was no
formal doctor here.”

This weekend’s market takes place
at the Stacy Watler Agricultural Pavilion in Lower Valley from 7am until noon.

In addition, the first in a series
of free Department of Agriculture presentations takes place Saturday at the
Agricultural grounds on the Bluff in Cayman Brac. At 9am a number of discussions
will be held on vegetable production and grow-box gardening. Additional
presentations on Cayman Brac will take place next month. For more information
call 948-0522.