Final Lecture Of Eco Lunch & Learn Series

April 23, 2019 | 0 Comments

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.

“Whether we choose to grow our food in a sustainable manner also is key to the health of our environment and our people as well. Tom is a leading expert in his field who has dedicated his life to feeding our community using environmentally sustainable practices. We look forward to his lecture and words of wisdom surrounding this very important topic.

“This year’s Eco Lunch & Learn series has been a great collaboration between BEST and Bermuda College with the aim to raise awareness on critical issues regarding our environment and sustainability on the whole. It has been a privilege to showcase some of Bermuda’s experts and activists on subjects including energy, healthy oceans, sustainable lifestyles, food security and sustainability of our healthcare system.

“The overall goal for this series was to advocate change in our community’s behavior. We hope they have inspired our audiences and we look forward to future collaborations.”

Kim Smith, Executive Director of BEST, concluded, “The list of environmental issues facing Bermuda, and the rest of the world, is lengthy and is a clarion call to all of us to find the ways we need to do things differently to contribute to very needed solutions.

“The need is greater now than ever for creative and meaningful problem-solving through new learning and collaborative effort. In all that we do, BEST strives to inspire greater awareness and appreciation of the importance for our living planet, our shared home, and of how human activity needs to be designed and directed in a way that exists in harmony with nature not in competition with it.

“We extend a big thank you to all of the presenters in the first eco-series for sharing their knowledge and expertise: Nick Hutchings, Weldon Wade, Sue Khan, Amaris Wharton, Robbie Smith, Laure Marshall and Tom Wadson. We appreciate everything you have taught us and now have additional information to start to make a difference ourselves.”

BEST and Bermuda College advise the community to stay tuned for the line-up of their 2nd Eco-Series in the Fall of 2019.

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