By Sue-Ann Wayow
BY connecting with nature through gardening, valuable skills can be taught to children, instilling in them a deep appreciation for the environment.
This was one of the comments made by Member of Parliament for Mayaro Rushton Paray on Saturday after the distribution of 25,000 seedlings in the constituency.
Paray said in release that the event was met with overwhelming enthusiasm from the community, highlighting the growing interest in promoting food production at the home garden level.
He said, “In these uncertain times, it has become increasingly vital to explore sustainable methods of ensuring food security for ourselves and future generations.
“By embracing the practice of growing our own food, we not only reduce our dependence on external sources but also foster a sense of self-sufficiency and resilience within our community.”
Together with Sure Foundation and S&S Persad Supermarket in Mayaro, Paray said a diverse selection of high-quality seedlings carefully chosen to thrive in the local climate and conditions were distributed.
“These seedlings offer our community an opportunity to embrace home gardening and reap its manifold benefits,” he said.
Paray added, “Beyond food production, home gardens contribute to a greener environment, enhance biodiversity, and provide an avenue for physical activity and relaxation. By connecting with nature through gardening, we are able to teach valuable skills to our children and instill in them a deep appreciation for the environment.”
Home gardening also allowed for a stronger sense of community as neighbours share in knowledge and harvest, he said.
The MP thanked Sure Foundation and S&S Persad, for contributing to the event.
“Their commitment to sustainable development and community empowerment is truly commendable. Their collaboration with us on this event has exemplified the power of partnerships in creating positive change,” Paray said.
And he said, “We remain dedicated to promoting sustainable practices and fostering a vibrant and resilient community. Together, we can continue to explore innovative ways to address the challenges we face, ensuring a brighter and more sustainable future for all.”