Registration Ends, Judging Begins

Janie and Jeffrey’s gardenAntigua St. John's - Registration for the Community Development Division’s sixth annual Homes, Families and Gardens Festival competition has ended, paving the way for judging to begin on Monday.

According to chairperson of this year’s festival, Valdrina Jackson, 72 people have registered for the competition - 56 from the mainland and 16 from Barbuda. Jackson said there are some first timers, but she was hoping more people would have registered.

The competition is being held under the theme, “Think beautification for the nation’s health and wealth.” Participants compete in the following categories: flower garden, fruit or vegetable garden, and landscaping.

Judging for the competition begins on Monday, and will be done in the East, North, and South Zones if weather permits.

The East Zone includes areas such as Willikies, Glanvilles, Seatons, Parham, Bethesda, Christian Hill, St Phillips and New Field. North Zone comprises Skerritts Pasture, Potters, Cassada Gardens, Paynters, Crosbies, McKinnons, Coolidge, Cedar Valley, Mount Pleasant, Villa, Upper Fort Road and Factory Road while the South Zone covers Freemansville, Sea View Farm, Clarkes Hill, Falmouth, and English Harbour. On Tuesday, judging will be done in the West Zone, which covers Jennings, Bolans, Urlings, Cades Bay, Old Road and Buckleys.

Evelyn’s garden

Meanwhile, the final in a series of workshops on Antigua for participants of the competition and other individuals ended on Thursday. The session on Plant Protection at the Point Wharf Fisheries Complex was facilitated by agronomist Kishma Primus. There was much discussion on topics such as proper water management, soil testing, the proper use of chemicals, pest control, and organic farming.

One participant, Dr Evelyn Weekes, was happy for the discussion on organic farming. She has been promoting the practice throughout the island and thinks it is imperative that Antigua & Barbuda try to move towards that direction to help not only in climate change, but biodiversity and sustaining the environment.



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RE: Registration Ends, Judging Begins

#1 Antigua livingabroad » 2013-10-07 09:00

I am from swetes. It is time now for the village to shine. Go home ever so often and it remains almost the same. Good homes but they are not taking care of their surroundings. They need some boosting. Please help. Representative and those that love this village please motivate those people. I am not surprise they are not involve.

Keep on with the competition and I hope the well joint and do it for the country and for themself.

Antigua livingabroad

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