A sea plane flies in over Hog Sty Bay, George Town, delivering goods. Photo: - File
Each week, the Observer on Sunday will take a peek back more than 40 years to show our readers a little bit of what happened in that era. This excerpt was taken from the Caymanian Compass archives and was published in the Caymanian Weekly, 20 July, 1966.
“The Cayman Islands are spending around £1,400 a year in importing fresh vegetables that come by boat and plane to the island.
Most of these vegetables could be produced locally with the following advantages: No emigration of capital, supply not dependent on transportation and better prices for consumers.
As the marketing conditions do not permit the growing of vegetables on a big scale (unless a contract is made with the hotels) we have thought at the establishment of a “Family Garden Project” will improve the vegetable supply situation, with no risk for the producer.
The family garden project, that, under the name of “Victory Gardens”, helped so much the food supply of countries involved in World War II, tries to encourage every family that has a suitable plot of land, to produce their own vegetables.
This brings the following advantages: More fresh vegetables for families, alleviates the local market, serves as an educational purpose, teaching members of the family, especially the children to grow vegetables.
To carry on such a project, the Agriculture Department will provide seeds free of charge and technical help to any family that has a suitable piece of land, approximately sized 60x60, and is willing to co-operate in the programme.
A registration book has been opened at the Agriculture Department for this purpose. After the participants are registered, the agricultural officer will inspect the land to see that it is adequate for cultivation. Once approved, and the farmer has prepared the land, the Agricultural Department will provide the seeds and the necessary advice for planting and cultivation.
Special packs will be prepared containing enough seeds of 10 different vegetables to plant a family size garden.
Acknowledgment – I would like to make special mention of the Government of St. Kitts who has allowed me to bring to Grand Cayman, some of the seeds that were assigned to them by UNICEF to start a similar programme there.”
Historical fact recorded on 20, July 1966
In September 1908 Captain Ewen Thompson handed over to the Commissioner a site of land on Crewe Road for a park to be dedicated to the memory of Queen Victoria. By mutual consent this site was later changed for one in Elgin Avenue, George Town. The park was laid out as far as funds permitted and various trees were imported and planted. A hall with anteroom and refreshment room was built and used for public entertainment.