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Club members inspire at Garden Opening

 We had a wonderful opening of the Heritage Garden at Roche Caiman on World Food Day (see related posts preceding this one). During the opening, Wildlife Clubs members Elissa Lalande and Isis Rath gave an inspiring speech. I have copied it below in verbatim for your reading pleasure.

Heritage Garden Opening

Honourable Minister for Environment, Natural Resources and Transport  Mr. Joel Morgan,
Principal Secretaries,
Members of the National Assembly
Chairman Seychelles Agriculture Agency
Chief Executive Officers
Managing Directors
The Farmers Association

Invited Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen,

Good morning and welcome to the official opening of the Heritage Garden at Roche Caiman.

Today the world is also celebrating the World Food Day, under the theme “Achieving food security in times of crisis!”

Nature Seychelles and the Wildlife Clubs of Seychelles would like to thank you for responding to our invitation.

Actually, the theme, “achieving food security in times of crisis”, is well fitted with the current world economic trend of increased food prices due to a number of challenges such as Climate change, bio – energy, loss of genetic diversity…etc.

World Food Day also highlights the critical plight of almost 1 billion undernourished people in the world. In Seychelles, however, although consumers do not directly see the impact, farmers are already starting to face the difficulties of securing adequate food for the Nation’s daily need. Consequently, the people of Seychelles are being called upon today to contribute their share in producing food for their household. It is not impossible but with a little bit of will – power and wise use of spaces in and around our homes, our schools, our community and, why not, where possible around our work places!

Ladies and gentlemen, if we all take a quick look around us, you will see that what we are telling you is possible, is indeed possible!

As a matter of fact, this demonstration garden has already taken wings through replications by 22 other school-based wildlife clubs on Mahe, Praslin and La Digue promoting the use and value-added products of the plants through learning programs and exhibitions.

We sincerely hope that with the opening of our Heritage Garden here at Roche Caiman, more members of the wildlife clubs and the public will have the opportunity to be enthused, inspired and excited during their visits.

Let us on behalf of the organising committee, thank you all for attending the ceremony.

We have the pleasure to offer you a guided tour in the Garden and please have some snacks and refreshment before you leave.

Elissa and Isis

Elissa Lalande and Isis Rath

Schools demonstrate that growing and consuming locally is possible

Sara-at-heritage garden

Today is Blog Action Day. Bloggers around the world are writing about the single subject of climate change in order to draw attention to it. This post was inspired by members of twenty two School-based Wildlife Clubs of Seychelles who, through replicating the Heritage Garden model, are showing that growing and consuming locally is possible.To celebrate World Food Day tomorrow (16 October 2009), the Heritage Garden at Roche Caiman will be officially opened. It is a model for the Heritage Gardens project whose aims are, among others, promoting the love, nurture and propagation of traditional plants (edible and medicinal) by young people thereby passing on a rich biological and cultural heritage and encouraging a return to ways of sustaining life that were beneficial to people, the environment and left the least impact. See related post below for more information.

Heritage Gardens are also being used to encourage people to reduce the country’s ecological footprint by growing foods locally. Seychelles has limited land for agriculture and the country imports almost everything it needs. An ecological footprint is a measure of sustainable living, and by this measure we are not sustainable at all. We contribute to climate change because the imports arrive in ships and planes that produce global warming gases. The Heritage Gardens are intended to help reduce our ecological footprint by encouraging people to have pride and joy in producing and consuming locally.

So far Wildlife Clubs in 22 schools have small to medium gardens based on the Heritage Garden model. They are demonstrating that it is indeed possible to produce food locally.