So, I’ve dusted off my blog account, and I must say I like the feel of my fingers tapping away!! This year’s first post is fittingly a Ramble! A tiny slow start to remind me why I started blogging in the first place–to share the agricultural and cooking creativity of my Rock!
A few days ago, I sent out a call on Facebook asking if anyone had some local Basil/Balsam for a Bush Tea Cheesecake I planned to make. It made sense that my friend Frandelle Gerard would be the first to answer. She said, “Come meet me up at the Frederiksted Community Garden and I will pick you some!”
It was late in the day and I hadn’t had a lunch break yet, so I decided to use my time and head over. What a gift!!
The community has put such effort into the garden. Neatly piled rows of pineapples, and basil, and Kallaloo bush, and a million varieties of various fruits and vegetables kept side by side company. Frandelle chatted me up about the way the surrounding community has embraced the land and the goodness it brings. It’s not just in terms of fruits and vegetables, but in pride and ownership and accomplishment. She said the Frederiksted Community Garden is looking for people to take control of various parcels to cultivate.
The garden is an oasis sandwiched between an unfinished church to the left, the entrance to Frederiksted town on the far right, Marley Housing Community at its rear, and the glistening sunshine stained sea in the great beyond! Oh, man, it was beautiful!! I took a few photos of us out there to share a glimpse with you. There is so much being done with food on our tiny island. And I am too glad to bear witness.
If you are onisland and interested in learning more, you can visit their FB Page Frederiksted Community Garden or email them at email@example.com. I hope you are having a wonderful Crucian Day wherever you are in the world!
The Crucian Contessa