What better way to complement island life than to enjoy fresh locally grown produce, meats, and seafood? Just as Christiansted is experiencing a renaissance, agriculture in St. Croix has seen tremendous growth over the last few years. More farmers are practicing sustainable agriculture and reducing our dependence on imported foods into the territory. Many grocery stores now sell local produce and meats.
The Nature Conservancy created the Reef Responsible program to celebrate restaurants that support local fishers and make conscious decisions about the seafood that they purchase, prepare, and serve. This October students in the Virgin Islands enjoyed more local produce as part of National Farm to School month. Organizations such as the Ridge To Reef Organic and Permaculture Farm host internship programs geared towards the delicate craft of sustainable farming.
Our local farmers understand that the key to sustainable agriculture is finding the right balance between food production and preservation of ecosystems. Sustainable farming will benefit the islands for generations to come. Here are just a few sustainable farms, located on St. Croix:
- Ridge to Reef Farm, St. Croix www.ridgetoreef.org
- Sejah Farms, St. Croix www.sejafarm.com
- Cruzan Organix Farm, St. Croix www.facebook.com/Cruzan-Organix-Farm
- Art Farm, St. Croix www.artfarmllc.com
Saturday morning is the most popular day and time to shop the farms and markets. Go early and come with a basket full of healthy deliciousness.
Photo Courtesy: Cruzan Organix Farm