It took the entire Little Cayman Primary School to supply drinks for the Little Cayman Agriculture Show, which returned on Saturday after a one-year hiatus.
However, that school only has two students.
Year Six student James McLean said he learned how to bake cupcakes, chop coconuts, and make juices in preparation for Saturday’s show.
Debbi Truchan, one of the event organizers, said that the school was the show’s only booth to provide drinks so that it can raise funds for activities such as field trips to Cayman Brac.
The school was one of many booths at the event.
The Department of Agriculture was there selling plants and seeds grown on the other islands. Agronomist Claudette McKenzie-Bowen also provided attendees with information about setting up their own container gardens on Little Cayman. People have to make their own compost given the island’s lack of soil, she explained.
One of the people who have mastered the art of growing produce on Little Cayman is resident Carmen Clarke, who was the show’s champion crop farmer. Paulette Anton was the other champion crop farmer, Dianne Fite won the livestock category, Nora Martinez was the craft winner, Ms. Clarke also won the cake competition, and Philburn Alton and Ms. Clarke were the king and queen of the show, respectively.
Ms. Clarke grew a variety of herbs and veggies, including rosemary, thyme, sweet pepper, seasoning pepper, avocado pear, sweet potato, jalapeno pepper, garlic, chives and thyme.
“It is very hard growing stuff here. I have to use compost – like peeling skins from fruits and vegetables and putting it to rot, and then adding it to my soil,” she said of her process. “It’s my hobby, I just love it.”
There was an abundance of plants, but few animals other than several chickens and a “rabbit that came over to visit,” said Ms. Truchan.
There were not even many dogs for the dog show, which is usually one of the event’s highlights. Ms. Fite brought three of her beagles, but with no other participants, organizers called the show off.
Agriculture Minister Juliana O’Connor-Connolly promised that animals will be a bigger part of future Little Cayman Agriculture shows.
Still, Ms. Truchan and other Little Cayman residents were thrilled to have the show back after not having one in 2017.
An estimated 264 people attended.