PORT MARIA, St Mary: Dozens of children and adults from St Mary and Portland have been forced to re-evaluate their perceptions of agriculture as a career path, thanks to a series of workshops hosted by an American Seventh-day Adventist couple earlier this month.
ROBIN'S BAY, St Mary: A United States-based soil nutritionist who travelled to Jamaica last month to speak at a religious conference in Robin's Bay, St Mary, has claimed that the prevalence of serious medical conditions such as cancer and diabetes can be reduced, simply by improving the way food is planted, grown, and processed. Speaking on the second day of an agriculture and entrepreneurship seminar hosted by the North East Jamaica Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, gardening and health foods guru Lynn Hoag urged Jamaican farmers to research the link between healthy soil and nutritious food.
ROBIN'S BAY, St Mary: Radical health initiative could help generate employment and at least $1 million per year for farmers throughout St Mary and Portland, according to President of the North East Jamaica Conference of Seventh-day Adventists Arlington Woodburn. In an effort to promote his organisation's 'Save Our Schools Through Industries and Commitments' (SOSTIC) project, Woodburn and his team, last weekhosted an agricultural summit in Robin's Bay, St Mary.
PORT MARIA, St Mary: An American preacher who instantly fell in love with Jamaica after travelling to the island last month has called on local farmers to educate more young people about the benefits of agriculture, and make greater use of the country's natural resources. California-based pastor and secretary of the Adventist Agricultural Association Darren Greenfield believes that there is huge potential to expand the agricultural sector in Jamaica because the climate is perfect for planting.
PORT ANTONIO, Portland: The importance of learning and adopting Christian values and attitude is one way of grooming Pathfinders within the Seventh-day Adventist Church. The life of a Pathfinder begins at age six and ends at 15 years where they are first taught how to observe oral hygiene, administer first aid, learning about plants and animals, among other things. According to George Williams, who is in charge of the pathfinders portfolio at Boundbrook Seventh-day Adventist Church, this is one way of grooming children and to allow them to socialise and interact with persons of the same age, whose culture might be a bit different, and also to boost their self-confidence.
Buff Bay, Portland: Students and teachers of the Buff Bay Seventh-day Adventist Academy have sought to highlight the importance of prayer, with a Week of Prayer. The west Portland school, which is nestled in the heart of Buff Bay, is traditionally known for upholding Christian values and attitudes among its student population, with the aim of grooming students in the basic principles of life and common courtesies.
PORT MARIA, St Mary: As pastor of the Dover Seventh-day Adventists District of Churches, 26-year-old Gordon Lindsay is responsible for managing seven churches (Dover, Epsom, Enfield, Camberwell, Osborne, Fort George, and Long Road) throughout southeast St Mary. Originally from Plowden, Manchester, in 2011, he relocated to St Mary to work as a high school math teacher, and deems the dearth of revenue-generating prospects in the area as the biggest issue facing his local contemporaries.