Group Title: Olasee Davis articles
Title: No land? No space? No soil? Box gardens leave no excuse
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Title: No land? No space? No soil? Box gardens leave no excuse
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Language: English
Creator: Davis, Olasee
Publication Date: April 29, 1994
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No land? No space? No soil?

Box gardens leave no excuse
*And every plant of the field Over the y the University of
eforeiwas intheerth, anndevry the Virgin Islands Cooperative
hhb of the y elid bwfor o itn r fornn Extension Sennce has been on.
the Lor Cod had non aused t to Olauee ductmg workshops and seminar for
rm upon the earth and there wa s Davis the general public about growing
ino an to oill the ground your own vegetables in box gar-
-Genesis 2:5. der
The Bible makes i clear that Our envromnmel This idea boul bo garden is
he Bible m es clr good cally for people who live
man's first job was to l the soil. in public housing. ptenncsnu. ot
God himself was the first ndotherfishin ran. otherbl. where il is limited or
farmer. Consider this: -And the Gaorge A. Seaman. a native nat. nol stable for growing many ve-
Lord God planted garden cast- ralist remembered that as late as elbles.
ward in Eden; and there he put the 1918, he crossed crossed five rn- On St Croi, for example some
an whom e d formed. Gene- bln ag r gt to hoto a. poiof pa es hve cl or wte m
So 2 ed nt blha Lower Love and Be hle. Wo. thfa limiU people from I gw
So we can e tha agriculture her guts wre really small i nvca ins arain crops.
ws the r first occupation God gave The noher day. I me another old Te box garden only allows
man. Cncin,. James Weeoes. He had ntoe alltanevaas oveg
For a momen, imagine a ti.e- ben ying o gel Errol Chl r to e s you old wn itlb yoe
pe filma of bc Virgi islads Rudy G'R illy FD A ayonol weeds nae and .
Itao from spc. Play it back san and me to sit down for lunch and me enw,
that a millcanium passes every di-cu e history of agriculture on m i SId.
hour. S Gol. ox Cal Smith and other exten-
-- or m thoal0 I.!i- te HS e wanted io if we think agri- sno vl peO mel e trying o
screen displays fields of crops culture has any chance of being a each the pIblic lobbOopde
growing from the mountainides to major pam of S. Croieo omy. They have gone to schol and
the contul se Aside" om grul- Waeeke bau w al of knowil anir Ociioe centers to demon-
toe.b and oterwildlife weren edge b-ocaginltnrn and Ieenvi- tlte bowto balld di bhoma
.Mi aboondance, reonmen as it w hen he was a This a nrmg method aas mny
today to hmgine tht these i nd an
-nofed the0 e o ad oyeun paor Pon ihat ho told nn yOng m eo ap aMn. to peont m
of the world, but M utp Gei ry at loneh, it'i den that moving wa h Olt e Obeir hods.l yo
no_ nad." peaopli without knowl- away frome g lur e then Virgin Can care for your plans without
edge ofbeni pan, sltory 0 like llndls ban lo moved awayfom wllingioondde yo rbo
ene without its mo t what on- was the sland" eonmn- oThnes impotno beano. ioaes
ic loblood, ney wad sd and daos ase peaa.
Be hrc foled. i tbes sland.es iesste s e-s- m m, esst lddiso e
tory began with agriculture The oEvry person back hen bad a On Seturdey, Smit will cndUt
Indl.e gaohmdan and tiotled the i t Or &0fe. Som; Oyia a wol rkhop on how ion oorsda a
soil, then ame the white settler, operated the small goocry stores. boo gnden. hal mintue of sl no
and African slavi who killed the bdwaare SOad ohor bt snnn mix. best location of garden, and
islands soil from sun up to sun efthatmadeupS .CroiteC oonmy other imonano lips.
down. Thi year. I wrote an arinie for
In the old days every pblc and the Virgin Islands Agrllure and SiC it was mn' ist p-
pivaltesshool in the Virgin sla onds F eod Fairboodleol. and aned tillin og the il makeasmen.
taught agriculture. If you bad saying -Mytln gadenwa oneof FORIPORMATION
known your history, then you the galneat expeenom of my life. Ca toa Onfin*t778-
would how that rivos and reau mt It inortd an idea that I bad long 0M.
were once part of the Virgin believed in: that one should do for
Ilads eanystemo especially on S L. oneaf everything ltha orne ca.r OLaODmit wobholhldmeam
Ctoix. Growing your own food has wf e:no&wdegeton raoweman-
There are old Virgin Islanders temedo mplatoa spiritusUy. agma dforea y eolos.is
today who an ernembar caching phyaiclly, psychologically, and A Cr nt oOeogrls, anlatsaid
fresh water lobteres eels, goobies even pOflt lly. rneimr.




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