BEST and Bermuda College are inviting the public to their final lecture of their Eco Lunch & Learn Series in the North Hall at Bermuda College on Thursday, April 25th from 1.00pm to 2.00pm.
A spokesperson said, “The community are invited to attend this last in their Eco series, on Thursday, April 25th from 1pm to 2pm, at Bermuda College, in the North Hall in front of Room G301. Attendees will learn first-hand from one of Bermuda’s leading farmers, Tom Wadson, of Wadson’s Farms, about very important developments in farming and food sustainability in Bermuda.
“The lecture titled, ‘Improvements in agriculture in Bermuda in the last 50 years’, will highlight 50 years of farming in Bermuda; improvements, disappointments and progress. Learn about the next 50 years with a view of what we should expect in this vibrant industry.
“The Eco Lunch & Learn Series is free and no registration is required. Bring your own lunch & learn about Bermuda’s most pressing environmental issues, followed by a lively Q & A on possible solutions.
“Tom Wadson, started with just an acre of land in 1976. Today, Wadson’s Farms occupies over 15 acres in Southampton. The land was farmed conventionally until in September 2003 when a turning point came when Hurricane Fabian arrived, completely wiping out everything in a matter of hours, leaving the farm devastated.
“Somehow Tom managed to keep going, despite having NOTHING left. He realised it was an ideal time to start farming with a clean approach, transitioning to organic agriculture as well as adding pasture poultry and sheep. Later adding pigs, the original Bermuda Hogs, in 2007.”
Tom said of his presentation, “Agriculture in Bermuda has come a long way in the last 50 years; the talent is here, the industry is producing. Where should we be going in the next 50 years?”
Amy Harvey, the Earth and Environmental Science lecturer at the Bermuda College, added, “Our last lecture on farming in Bermuda to be given by Tom Wadson will be an important one to finish on. How we grow our food is crucial on a small island that relies heavily on imports.