Annie St Luce of the Dominica Infirmary accepts seedling tray from Ryan Anselm, Technical Officer in the Division of AgricultureNine care homes across the island received care packages of a different kind this morning from the Division of Agriculture’s backyard gardening programme.The homes got seedling trays, small garden tools and large plastic barrels to use as water cisterns- all meant to help Dominicans feed themselves.The trays contain a balanced mix of short term and medium-term crops of varying nutritional values.The packages included leafy vegetables like kale and lettuce, vitamin rich plants like tomatoes and cucumbers, starchy vegetables like corn and carrots as well as protein-rich beans and peas.Agriculture Director, Ricky Brumant says most of the nine homes already have backyard gardens.“More homes have than not,” he said to media, “but the idea is to ensure than every home has.”Residents of these care homes will be able to eat what they have grown in a 4-week to 3-month time frame.Brumant explained, “Lettuce, cucumbers, string beans and bok choi can be ready by week four while tomatoes and carrots take a longer time.“That’s how we should do our backyards so that you can have different foods at different times.”Annie St Luce, Director of the Dominica Infirmary, one of the nine non-profit homes receiving nutritional support responded upon receipt of the package, “I’m very happy that we are here for this occasion. I must thank the Ministry and the extension office here in the Gardens.”St Luce shared that the Division of Agriculture and the Dominica Infirmary have a close relationship.“We’ve had our kitchen garden or about four years and we have been supplying our kitchen with herbal seasonings as well as smaller produce like carrots and cabbages. Some of our seedlings come from you, even some of our compost comes from you.”The Infirmary also receives annual Christmas care packages from the Agriculture Ministry.“We are really happy that you can partner with us in that way. Thank you and I continue to wish you well in this endeavour,” she said.This initiative is part of the ministry’s Coronavirus Food Security Programme.This initiative, guided by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Ministry of Health and Wellness concentrates on food production as an apparatus to prepare, mitigate and respond to and recover from the Covid19 pandemic with special emphasis on national food security.The Government of Dominica spent EC $162,000 to procure seeds and produce seedlings and planting materials for farmers island wide.(R) Mahaut Care Home accepts seedling tray from Dr Almario Casimir, Project Coordinator in the Division of Agriculture (L) 363 Views no discussions LifestyleLocalNews Nine Care Homes Get Backyard Farming Packages from Agriculture Division by: – May 15, 2020 Tweet Share Sharing is caring! Share Share
In addition, the Department of Health on Friday released information on children with Multi Inflammatory Syndrome (MIS-C) connected to COVID-19 for the first time.A 2-year-old boy from Palm Beach County is among those infected, as are several other children in Miami-Dade and Broward counties. The state has confirmed a total of 73,552 positive cases since the outbreak started.Gov. Ron DeSantis said Friday that he does not think the state’s gradual reopening is connected to the increase in cases.“What we’re seeing is of the people that are testing positive way more are in the (age) 25 to 45 than was happening two months ago,” according to DeSantis. “The clinical consequences of them testing positive is usually very, very modest because they are not in the high-risk groups.”As of Saturday, Florida has tested about 1.4 million people, with about 5.4 percent testing positive, according to the Department of Health.Palm Beach County: 8,325 cases425 deathsMen: 4,166; Women: 4,1531,422 hospitalizations116 new reported cases since Friday9 new reported deaths since FridayBroward County: 8,864 cases357 deathsMen: 4,242, Women: 4,3391,725 hospitalizations275 new reported cases since Friday7 new reported deaths since FridayMiami-Dade County: 21,633 cases822 deathsMen: 10,591, Women: 10,5593,460 hospitalizations761 new reported cases since Friday13 new reported deaths since FridayTesting in Florida:Total Tests: 1,371,401Positive: 73,552Negative: 1,296,861Overall Percentage of Positive Cases: 5.4%Starting today, @HealthyFLA will release Pediatric COVID-19 data, including information on Multi Inflammatory Syndrome (MIS). The report will be released once a week on Friday. Read today’s report at https://t.co/o7ZCvBFW8N— Florida Dept. Health (@HealthyFla) June 12, 2020 Cases of the coronavirus continue to rise in Florida as the state’s businesses and attractions gradually reopen.On Saturday, the Department of Health reported 2,581 new cases and 48 more deaths. MIS-C is a complication of the coronavirus in children. Its symptoms include high fevers, abdominal pain, headaches and rashes on the skin.
Students from the North Peace Secondary School recently participated in a skills competition, involving a variety of trades.The students competed in the annual Skills Canada Regional Competition, an event where various schools from around the Peace Region competed in different trades. The competition took place in both Dawson Creek and in Fort St. John at the North Peace Secondary School.- Advertisement -The competition involved multiple categories including a spaghetti bridge building contest for grades 7-9. Regarding the older grades, categories included baking, carpentry, welding, automotives, hairdressing and esthetics.North Peace Secondary did extremely well in the busy competition, earning gold, silver and bronze in both the hairdressing and automotive competition. Students in the spaghetti bridge contest also placed second and fourth. The school has also not received all of the final results.North Peace Secondary teacher Brian Campbell said the event was a success and thanked Encana for their sponsorship as well as all the teachers who volunteered to help make the competition a success.The winning students now have the opportunity to compete in the provincial competition, which will take place in Abbotsford, on April 20. Advertisement