February 27, 2004 volx, number 2
Agriculture Still Strong in the Territory
Opportunities Exist for Young People
,I! NT .,7 A r7 i ft If the crowd alone was any indication, the thousands who turned out en masse for
Agrifest 2004 on St. Croix confirmed that agriculture is alive and well in the territory.
. The annual agricultural showcase sponsored by the V.I. Department of Agriculture and
the UVI Cooperative Extension Service (UVI-CES) is a big hit with those who look
forward to the sumptuous food, produce, petting zoo, games and rides for children. Agrifest
2004 served to highlight the interest that exists in agriculture as a way of life.
In an effort to prepare the young people of the territory for careers in agricultural
science the VI Resource Conservation and Development Council, Inc. (VI RC&D) and
UVI-CES are offering eight young people the opportunity to attend the Summer 2004
Sustainable Agriculture Training Institute. The intensive, eight-week program will be
held from June 7 through July 30 at Alcorn State University in Mississippi.
Applicants must be USVI residents between 18 and 22 years of age who have
Emus were a favorite attraction at completed the 12th grade or a GED program and have an interest in studying agricultural
the V.I. Agriculture and Food Fair .
he rur on o science at the post secondary level. The application deadline is March 19.
held February 14-16 on St. Croix.
Emus are the national bird ofAus- For applications, the complete list of requirements and more information call UVI-
tralia. CES at 693-1080 or VI RC&D at 692-9632 ext. 101.
Celebrate Afternoon on the Green on March 14
Do you think that you make the best conch in butter sauce?
Now is your chance to prove it to the world; at UVI's After-
noon on the Green St. Thomas' premiere food, family and
fun event. Afternoon on the Green will be held from noon to 5
p.m. on Sunday, March 14, on the Herman E. Moore Golf
Course. The theme for this year's event is "Cuisines Galore
As usual, Afternoon on the Green will feature food pre-
pared by members of the community. Samples of the deli-
cious food will be sold by the University to raise funds. The
committee continues to solicit prepared dishes from members
of the community. It is the perfect opportunity for community
members to share their special dishes with everyone. Food is
entered and judged in the following categories: pastries/sweets,
breads, soups, side dishes, main dishes/meats/poultry, veg-
etables/casseroles, seafood and drinks.
There will be much more than food. Things are going to
be extra special for this year's 15t anniversary. Peas Soup
band, made up of UVI students, will make their public debut
at the event. Westline Productions will also provide music.
There will be an improved kid's corer with an array of ac-
tivities for children, a homemade ice cream demonstration
and a display from each of UVI's academic divisions. UVI's
recruitment office will be on hand to accept admission appli-
cations and discuss student opportunities at UVI.
To contribute a cooked dish or for more information call
UVI's Institutional Advancement Office at 693-1040.
S2 C iv e ive
March 2 Carnival Troupe Drive STT
March 3 Carnival Troupe Food Sale STT
March 3 Foreign Language Week STT
March 4 Tax Seminar STT
March 5 Open House STT
March 7 Senior Music Recital STT
March 9 Quick Books Seminar STX
March 9 Staff Council Meeting STT,STX
March 14 Afternoon on the Green STT
March 19 Queen Mary Walk/Run STX
March 20 UVI Day at the Mall STT
March 27 Spring Ball STX
Tree Enthusiast Visits Territory, Marvels at Baobabs
UVI Provost Dr. Gwen-Marie Moolenaar stands with historian, author and
tree enthusiast Thomas Pakenham, center and UVI Professor and USVI Big
Trees Coordinator Dr. Robert Nicholls. Pakenham, the author of I,
With Remarkable Trees, and "Remarkable Big Trees of the World, visited
the VI. to see the territory baobab, kapok and other noteworthy trees. He
presented a copy of each of his books to UVI. Pakenham learned about
Virgin Islands trees ;h,. ,i.hi his participation in UVI'7 "Remarkable Big
Trees of the US Virgin Islands" project, led by Dr. Nicholls. Pakenham k
f.,, di' ..... ,,i book will be about baobab trees of the world and may include
some from the Virgin Islands. Dr. Nicholls is pictured holding a seed from a
baobab tree from St. Croix, which has more baobab trees than any island in
the Caribbean. He is working on project to recognize specific trees ;h, i,-
out the territory as historic landmarks.
Carnival Troupe Seeks Participants
After several award-winning St. Thomas Carnival Pa-
rade entries, UVI's Community Engagement Committee is
preparing for a repeat and wants you to be part of it. The
committee is seeking participants for UVI's adult's parade
entry "Knowledge, Culture and More for Carnival 2004."
UVI's troupe will portray civilizations that have contributed to
the development of knowledge in the region. This will be dis-
played in three sections of costumes and a float symbolizing
The African section will portray Nubia or Kush, which
is thought to be the cradle of civilization. The first
part of this section will pay homage to the Dogon
nation of ancient Mali whose ceremonial cos-
tumes will lead the African section. Following the
ceremonial costumes will be troupe members in flow-
ing, traditional white vestments symbolizing the
African scholars at the ancient university in the leg-
endary city of Timbuktu.
The Greco-Roman section will feature male gladia-
tors and female troupe members in togas. Ancient
Greek and Roman societies contributed much to the
intellectual, artistic and socio-political development of
The Taino Indians, descendants of the Arawaks, were
skilled at agriculture and hunting, and were also ac-
complished sailors, fishermen, canoe makers and navi-
gators. This troupe section will depict male and fe-
male Tainos, who inhabited Puerto Rico and the Vir-
gin Islands when Christopher Columbus arrived in the
UVI students, staff, faculty, alumni, supporters and friends
are encouraged to join. Costume prices range from $100-$120.
UVI's own Peas Soup student band will provide the music.
See the costumes at UVI's website: www.uvi.edu. To sign up
or for more information call the St. Thomas Campus
Chancellor's Office at 693-1140.
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