Projects similar to this (see article attached) could be implemented on some of the acres of waste government lands scattered all over the country. If government is really serious about food security it would allow people (properly organised) to utilize non productive land for the purpose of growing food.Bentley – BU Contributor
The pandemic provides the opportunity for households and government alike to innovate through progressive thinking and decision-making by reinventing how we reorder our lives. Whether it is efficiently and effectively implementing digital transformation, Minister Kerri Symmonds announced last week the government will be sourcing electric or hybrid vehicles to replace its existing fleet – long coming but good news. We beseech the private sector to follow government’s lead, this is normally the case anyway.
The blogmaster wants to see more individuals coming together to harness and benefit from community spurred activity. The idea of fostering a collective spirit is a key difference how we live our lifes today compared to days of old. It seems- and narrow sighted though it was- we developed a misplaced definition of advancement.
We can rekindle and foster community spirit by taking into account the following :
- Identify your goals – and where you currently stand.
- Work with what you have
- Bring people together
- Formalize it
- Put people to work
- Create lifestyle programs
- Listen to feedback
- Use your tools
- Strengthen your brand
Source: Nine Ways to Build Community Spirit
If addressing food security is the priority item, let us get everybody involved. To move the needle we must have big farms to address demand for volume BUT there is also benefit of stoking participation at a micro level. The shift in attitude would naturally inform behavioural changes in other aspects to our lifes. We can utilize the community approach to rolling out financial products, matters pertaining to the environment, arresting crime and many more.
On a 23 by 14 (166 square mile) island a community based approach is our competitive advantage to be exploited NOW.
Community Vegetable Projects: Using Space To Put Food On The Table
By Guest Author – May 5, 2013 0
Implementation and maintenance
It starts with a community meeting, where the idea is put forth for discussion amongst those present. Whoever signs up for the project will have to commit to active and reliable involvement. Let’s say 100 people in a suburban community take part. They submit a project plan to the local municipality with all the names and signatures of those wishing to be involved. Once they’ve been allocated land, seeds can be donated by a nursery, supplied by the government, or purchased through money raised at fundraising events.
Security systems will have to be put in place, such as a barbed wire fence, which could be funded in the above mentioned ways. A small security Wendy house could be erected and manned by members of the community on a rotational basis.
The graveyard shifts can be done mostly by members who are not employed and don’t have to get up to work the next day. The fields can be tended by groups of ten people for between three and five hours per day. The teams could be selected according to the similarity in each individual’s work and domestic schedule. https://0d672c20c9a7a0b96aef5e10f786fd55.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html
The municipality can help by installing plumbing and water at their own cost. After all, it’s the least they can do. Governments earn a fortune in taxes that are supposed to go towards things such as roads, but how much goes toward the single most important and basic human need – food?Related: Awesome and Healthy Vegetables to Grow in the Winter
The entire project will be a valuable and positive investment for the entire country.
How community projects improve community relationships
- Many hungry people will be able to put food in their bellies.
- Members involved will enjoy a greater sense of community and well-being, knowing that they are taking positive action for themselves and others.
- Those involved will occupy more of their time in a constructive manner, as opposed to drinking, taking drugs, and committing crime. In other words, it can keep people off the streets, and hopefully result in a general decrease in crime. The ripple effects are far reaching, as people involved will be able to steer their lives in a more positive direction. As they gain new skills and begin to see the fruits of their labour, their general self-esteem and sense of self-worth will increase. They will begin to feel a sense of accomplishment and feel more positive about their future, about learning and education; they will become more empowered and strive harder to better their lives. What with more available income, they should be able to do just that.
- Through working with the earth people will re-establish a connection with nature and gain a greater appreciation for the environment and life, and in so doing will add balance and harmony to their lives. This could lead to the development of noble and philanthropic qualities such as compassion, patience and kindness, as they strive to work harmoniously with others for the greater good of the community.
- With less street crime to fight, perhaps some of our tax money will be directed towards more community projects, which results in a bit of a snowball effect. The government needs to understand that this is a long-term project that may initially require some capital investment, but which offers many long-term returns.
We all stand to gain from these kinds of projects, not just those directly involved. If the positive changes in communities become obvious, perhaps the projects will gain traction in communities all over the world. In an ideal world, we could stamp out global starvation altogether!
Source: Barbados Today
Dem People Go
… same as it ever was… Barbados’ best resources are it’s people.. and, they should sell them again..
We wish it was not lost in the first place
Maybe it was destined to happen
Sometimes you never know what you have until it’s gone.
We are uncertain it could be rekindled
That there is any value in trying
Not everything about the past is worthy of reviving.
However, pretending we have a clean slate maybe, just maybe, enables us to help Pachamama in creating this new age where the human is truly humane.
You will get no argument from me! Simple, easy, effective!
And some communities have already started!
In our haste to open up Barbados to outsiders and to embrace Islamic Arabic outposts such as the UAE and Morocco. I say to Barbados, “be careful for what you wish for”.
We have our own little moor loitering around on our island.
The little kid Deshon who recently had surgery.
Well, well, well!
Adrian is a young man. Older. more mature and wiser then the indoctrinated youngster KK.
I wonder if this young man (Adrian) has spent a portion of his life outside of the rock? He gets it.
Adrian stated that “Barbadian citizens must take the lead.” as opposed to “Jesus take the wheel’.
Surely there must be a place for this young man in our impoverished political garden.
“There are stories of rich white Barbadians shipping poor white Barbadians off to other islands so as to avoid black Barbadians mingling with them and getting the idea that they were equal to whites. There are also stories of the plantation owners preventing Barbadian workers from going to Jamaica to work so as to prevent them from being influenced by the Jamaican mentality.
There are countless stories of members of the white business class conspiring to put black entrepreneurs out of business. And the black political class learned the art of people ”
At some point in our development we are going to have to resolve this issue. My solution is blunt but would serve the interests of Barbados wider community. Introduce a taxation system to target this group which will severely narrow their influence on the island. It can be done and should be implemented.
Wealthy white Bajans carry a terrible legacy on the island and are an impediment to the island’s development.
@ et al
Mr. Greene has a firm understanding of his country. His comments about the educational system; recognizing but not becoming enslaved to the “ globalist approach, using creativity and innovation rather than following 18th century Eurocentric economic models , that are terribly irrelevant to our situation.
Greene writes clearly should be read by some who believe that literally “ showing off” a few words is really impressive and some how elevates their intellect or knowledge.
Will just point to two statements that caught my attention.
” One time Barbados used to boast of the most churches in the Caribbean.
Now it boasts of the most COVID-19 vaccinated people in the region.”
****Two unconnected quantities that makes boasting of COVID-19 vaccinations “look like a bad thing”. Boast, be proud and try to vaccinate even more people.
“Therein lies the greatest challenge to the vision of leadership of the people by the people. Veteran educator Ralph Jemmott, in another section of the press, wrote lamenting the failure of the educational system in Barbados to produce critical thinkers. Even among the professional class we have a tendency to copy and regurgitate very well, but not so much innovate for ourselves.”
** Didn’t we have a next guy saying something similar.
Actually Adrian seems to be trying to make a bigger point.
These are the beasts who will be shut down on the island come hell or high water….our grandchildren and future generations ARE ENTITLED TO CLAIM THE ISLAND AS THEIR OWN….and ARE NOT to be saddled with these subhuman savages..
…those are the ones who had the weak willed negros from Barrow to present day…prevented and criminalized African Sprituality, Black advancement and African culture, education etc….they believe they own the population and the parliament nuisances helped them to keep Black consciousness off the island with the still in force Public Order Act…let them pull any shit like that today, and they and their house negros will know what for…they will know the true DEFINITION OF REGRET.
“While those plantation owners pioneered and perfected the brutal system, once slavery was outlawed they were able to make the transition to more sophisticated means of controlling people.
There are stories of rich white Barbadians shipping poor white Barbadians off to other islands so as to avoid black Barbadians mingling with them and getting the idea that they were equal to whites. There are also stories of the plantation owners preventing Barbadian workers from going to Jamaica to work so as to prevent them from being influenced by the Jamaican mentality.
There are countless stories of members of the white business class conspiring to put black entrepreneurs out of business. And the black political class learned the art of people control well.”
“Surely there must be a place for this young man in our impoverished political garden.”
I was thinking of a next post earlier today and I asked myself if this post was an indication of possible political gardening.
“No, I am not urging Bajans to become kickers and screamers. I am saying that rather than being pulled along by a leader’s vision, Barbadian citizens must take the lead.”
William…the younger generation are moving forward towards A PEOPLE GOVERNMENT…rather than a gaggle of a-holes regaling everyone with how great they are…making the worse decisions, exclusion of the majority instead of inclusion…mismanaging billions of hte people’s money wealth and resources….total failures…
.the younger generation is gearing their political interests toward the PEOPLE MAKING ALL THE POLITICAL DECISIONS, monetary, social etc…that impacts their lives and i don’t have to tell ya that halfassed minorities like cow, bizzy, clarke etc are not invited to partake to bring their tiefing colonial perspectives…
those movements have already started elsewhere….Black Bajans have to get on board and take back their country from idiots, thieves and wannabe slave masters….they can get information on how to do just that…
“Mayhew said a kite was an art form as it required skill, labour, money and time.”
There was a post here where a young man was doing a great job promoting his gutterperk (slingshot) store. I hope Mayhew and other kite sellers can move their game to that level of selling.
Have a Great Day
“In addition, our education system is based on the idea that education is so you can get a good job and get rich. There is little sense of education for personal, cultural and social development. A self-centred, status seeking, non-critical population is a potential authoritarian leader’s dream.”
Black/Africans have to TRANSFORM THEMSELVES…by reverting to, learning and applying the ancient philosophies and spirituality of their AFRICAN ANCESTORS… ..and shed the poisionous colonial skin….that has gotten them NOWHERE in 400 years…
The bigger point should be to stay away from colonial autocratic governments who lack even basic ideas that would advance the progress of Black populations….and lean toward your ancestral cultures…because to date, Caribbean people have been DEPRIVED of their original culture and any developmental progress….or keep holding on to air and see how far it carries ya…..thin air and bullshit is not a culture..
yall may want to pay closer attention to what is unfolding in UK…..and like they have started to, distance yaselves from all things colonial.
Here is the latest news coming out from the UK. Those with a Caribbean background living in the UK have been pushing this agenda since the sixties.
Those in the Caribbean have been told this for decades, but because they want to model colonial titles, remain stagnant and make sure the population achieve very little to nothing, they keep the old tired go nowhere education system in place that now acts as a bridge to the prison system….no good leaders, useless leaders…now a laughing stock everywhere…
But African/Caribbeans have all the tools and literature they need to educate themselves about all things African and ancestral, no need to wait on colonial governments who will soon only have the slave minded supporting their backwardness…..they both can remain on display, no one is interested. The world is moving on faster than any of them think.