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Title: Dateline : UVI. Vol. x. No. 10.
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Publication Date: December 2008
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December 17, 2008, vol xiv, number 12

Farmers Brina Fresh Foods to Local Restaurants

F resh produce for restaurants and new
customers for farmers, in a nutshell
that is the outcome of a study on the link
between agriculture and tourism in the
Virgin Islands. Four years ago a Univer- m
sity of Arkansas program funded a proj-
ect referred to as the Agri Tourism Link-
age. The University of the Virgin Islands
helped facilitate the program through its
Cooperative Extension Service's (CES)
connection with the farming commu- ..
The project was titled, "Trade, Tenure
and Tourism in the U.S. Virgin Islands:
Understanding the policy frameworks
that will increase success for a sustain- Theodora Lionel,
prepares green b
able and organic agriculture." Among a UVI Farm an
the findings of the study was the willing- nership event he,
ness of the players in the hospitality and taurant on St. Ti
farming industries to work together.
"Hospitality people said they are interested in buying
local produce and the farmers said 'yes,' they are interest-
ed in tapping into that market," said Stafford Crossman,
assistant director of the CES's Agriculture and Natural
Resources Program.
So far the results have been tasty. On St. Thomas, farm-
ers brought their produce to Oceana Restaurant where
chefs from across the island turned the fresh-off-the-farm
items in to delicacies. On St. Croix chefs used the farm-
ers' produce to create delicacies at their respective res-
taurants, then brought them to the UVI campus for par-
ticipants to enjoy in an event they called the Farmer Chef



Connection. Both activities took place in
Crossman said the idea of the lun-
cheons is expected to continue and grow
. I gaining participation from more farm-
ers and more restaurateurs. Bringing
the players in both industries together
has resulted in commitments on both
ends. Farmers have agreed to produce
the types of crops and animals that the
restaurants need and restaurateurs have
agreed to purchase the goods.
While these types of long-awaited
partnerships are being heralded as a suc-
farmer and chef cess, Crossman noted that one of the
aa salad at the biggest challenges to overcome is the
Restaurant Part- lack of a consistent supply. He said that
at Oceana Res- farmers will have to keep their commit-
mas. ments, which may involve having a back-
up plan in the event of unforeseeable
Crossman said one of the projects resulting from the
venture will be a directory. The directory will list restau-
rants, hotels and other players in the tourism industry
that have committed to purchasing local produce and the
farmers who have crops and livestock to supply them.
"Each sector of each industry will be able to see what
is available," Crossman said. The first issue of the direc-
tory will be in book format, and then it will eventually be
placed on a website so that updates can be made regularly.
Other activities will be scheduled periodically to keep ev-
eryone engaged, Crossman said.

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Year End Round-Up

Wooodturners Share their Craft

A woodturner prepares a pices of wood at the Annual
Woodworkers Expo as two children look on. The expo
was held in December at the UVI Sports and Fitness

Students Learn from the Leader

Jazz saxophonist Branford Marsalis instructs students at a
music clinic at UVI. Marsalis performed in November at
the Reichhold Center

Aa Fair Attracts Hundreds

'lop: A farmer displays his produce at the St.
Thomas/St. John Agricultural Fair The fair
was held Nov. 22 and 23 at the UVI Reichhold
Center grounds. Bottom: A young fair-goer pets
a rabbhhit at te flair'r nettinffr .on

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