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Kevin Santucci, who ran the Eat, Grow, Save sustainable gardening course, talks to the latest crop of gruduates, watched by David Kendell, the director of the health department (Photograph supplied)
Plot volunteer Theresa Millet talks to the latest Grow, Eat, Save class as they are presented with their certificates (Photograph supplied)

Almost 30 people have completed an eight week workshop to promote the growth of fruit and vegetables at in their yards and neighbourhood gardens.

The Eat, Grow, Save course, run by Kevin Santucci, also a pastor, was designed to boost healthy eating and increase sustainability.

David Kendell, the director of the Department of Health, said: “This workshop encourages the planting of several types of fruits and vegetables to allow for variety in our diet as we tray and reach these five daily servings.

“Healthy eating, as we know, can greatly assist in preventing many non-communicable diseases such as obesity, hypertension and Type 2 diabetes.”

Mr Kendell added: “Furthermore, in the development and maintenance of a productive garden, digging, hoeing, pulling weeds and raking are just some of the activity required, all of which support a strategy for Heal – healthy eating, active living.”

He was speaking as the course participants were presented with their certificates last Thursday.

He added that the course also taught Bermudians traditional methods of farming and about the use of free and natural fertilisers.

Mr Kendell said: “Not every plant, insect or chemical is best suited to maintain flora balance within our community.

“It also encourages recycling of waste and proper use of water – two other environmentally sustainable initiatives.

“Thirdly it supports social interaction. Working in teams with volunteer group leaders encourages teamwork, innovation and problem solving.

“Within each plot are different personalities, abilities and gifts all working toward a common goal – all growing together.”

Mr Kendell thanked the Reverend Santucci and his team of assistants for “one of the finest gardening classes that has ever been conducted in Bermuda for free”.

The course also included a variety of guest speakers, including a Government agricultural expert and a representative of the Bermuda Agricultural Group.

More than 400 people have taken part in the workshop since it was launched in 2017.

The next Grow, Eat, Save course will be held next January.

For more information, e-mail nutrition@gov.bm or call 278 6467 or 278 6469.

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Published October 18, 2020 at 12:36 pm (Updated October 18, 2020 at 6:35 pm)

Home garden graduates finish course

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