Friday, November 30, 2012

2012 STT/STJ Ag and Food Fair Views

Charles Leonard and Nathaniel Tuitt were honored as the 2012 crop and livestock farmers of the year, respectively, at the St. Thomas/St. John Agriculture and Food Fair held this month on the grounds of UVI’s Reichhold Center for the Arts. This year’s theme was “Agriculture: Key to Improving Our Economy.”

The two, long-time local farmers headlined the list of other competition winners. Their selection was announced during the Fair’s opening ceremony on Saturday, Nov. 3. The annual Fair, which continued through Nov. 4, featured tempting displays of some of the best locally produced fresh produce, plants, arts and crafts, and specialty products.
Crop Farmer of the Year Charles Leonard joins with other fairgoers in visiting the wide array of vendor displays, this one featuring hot sauces and more offered by Theresa Davis.
Ayanna Simon of the USVI Department 
of Agriculture Veterinary Services area 
and Michael E. Austrie of the Cooperative 
Extension Service on St. Croix spend 
time judging entries in the livestock 
Victorine Williams of St. 
Thomas displays some of the 
hot sauces offered at the booth 
she operated with her mother 
Theresa Davis of St. Croix, who 
has been attending the fair for 
more than 20 years.

UVI Crop Farmer of the Year
for 2012 Charles Leonard and
his daughter Britaney proudly
display the award plaque.

Click to view a
news release and the

complete list of 2012
competition winners.

Vendors, from left, Victorine Williams, Tassili Maat and Marie Paul took time out from their tables to feel the music as local radio personality and UVI alum Rashidi Clenance, in the background, handled the Fair’s master
of ceremonies duties.