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V.I. Government officials and representatives from Fresh Ministries and Farmers in Action turn the first shovels of dirt at the future site of an aquaponics center. (Source photo by Susan Ellis)

Officials Break Ground on STX Aquaponics Center

After several years of planning, government officials, members of Farmers in Action and Fresh Ministries broke ground on a plot of land in Estate Bethlehem’s coconut grove for an agribusiness center for aquaponic farming.
Neat lines of produce are planted at Ridge to Reef Farm. (Photo courtesy of Ridge to Reef Farm Director Nate Olive)

Territory’s Farmers Are Skeptical of Promised Federal COVID-19 Relief

Farmers in the territory have been told that to apply for the assistance from the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program they must go to their local Farm Service Agency office, but only one such office exists in the territory.
Allen Stewart volunteers at the VIFA booth during Agrifest 2020. (Photo submitted by VIFA President Nate Olive)

V.I. Farmers Unite to Fight for a Voice

A group of the territory’s farmers have created the Virgin Islands Farmers Alliance to fight for their voice amid big agriculture and local government, but they say they need the public’s help.

Farming in the Pandemic is a Growing Concern

Crops, farming and agriculture are perhaps not the first things people associate with the pandemic that has swept the globe, but for farmers like Shelli Brin the novel coronavirus has changed everything about farming.

Government Shuts Down Local Farmers Markets in Coronavirus Response

Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. on Friday confirmed that local farmers market have been shut down as part of the territory's efforts to halt the spread of the novel coronavirus.
Agriculture Commissioner Positive Nelson testifies during Tuesday’s committee meeting. (Photo by Chaunte Herbert)

Committee OKs Annual USVI Caribbean Ag Conference

The U.S. Virgin Islands could begin hosting an annual Caribbean Agricultural Symposium, exploring such topics as agritourism, imports and exports and the latest agricultural information, if a bill approved Tuesday in committee is enacted by the full Senate.

Agrifest Opens Saturday with Awarding Farmer of Year

The 49th annual Agrifest kicked off Saturday with the presentation of the farmer of the year awards. Eddie Russell was named Livestock Farmer of the Year; the Crop Farmer of the Year award went to Grantley Samuel.

Clean Sweep to Plant Seeds for More Local Produce in Frederiksted

On Jan. 21, Clean Sweep Frederiksted will launch the Urban Garden Workforce Development program, a free program that promises to teach participants the fundamentals of urban gardening and farming.

Farmer of the Year Cultivates Interest for 23rd Annual Vegan Food...

Benita Martin was chosen by her fellow farmers to wear the title of Farmer of the Year and has been a part of Bordeaux’s Farmers Rastafari Agricultural and Cultural Vegan Food Fair every year, including this one.
Dale Brown of Sejah Farms sells locally grown produce to a customer.

Sejah Farms – Over 20 Years of Fresh, Local Produce on...

Dale and Yvette Browne have been providing local produce, eggs and meat from Sejah Farms to St. Croix for more than 20 years.

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