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The judges meticulously inspected the products as they graded and assessed each.


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4H groups excelling with entrepreneurial spirit


By Kerri Gooding

The 4H groups around the island have attained excellence in the all fields of culinary arts, agriculture, gardening, canvas, embroidery, craft and art.

Operating under the theme, ‘Sweet Potato’ and focusing on entrepreneurship, the Barbados 4H Foundation gave the 4H groups and clubs a challenge and they accepted it willingly, engaging their creativity and imagination. There were several first place prize blue ribbons attached to products as the judges concluded their assessment at Agrofest 2012.
Two 4H representatives, Dr. Sandra Browne and Vernon Martindale requested that some of the clubs create products for sale as well as for exhibition and judging and one 4H group which adhered was part of the Grantley Adams Memorial Secondary. The students not only showcased well in the exhibits, they also had much produce on sale including craft made of indigenous materials.

“The aim this year was on entrepreneurship, for the clubs to raise funds because usually patrons want to buy not only look at the products,” said Secretary of the Barbados 4H Foundation, Natasha Douglas.

Lauding Grantley Adams, Helping Hands and Holders Hill 4H Clubs for their entrepreneurial spirit, Douglas said, “I found that these groups are pushing the entrepreneurship banner, hosting events all year round.”

Six schools participated in the thematic booth and showed that much could be achieved using sweet potato. West Terrace Primary won best presentation and most informative themed display; Gordon Walters placed second and third place went to Baileys Primary.

Grantley Adams students under the guidance and direction of their teacher Tricia Greenidge and 4H Leader David Moseley, incorporated the sweet potato theme into most of their products. Moseley said, “They made sweet potato scones, sweet potato cookies, sweet potato chips, sweet potato pone, everything has in sweet potato.”

While retired Culinary Arts tutor, Cherene Bridgeman lauded the efforts of the students, it had to be noted that most people are focusing on selling instead of competing. “People have more produce selling than exhibiting, people are more into it for the money this year,” said Bridgeman.

However, as Douglas explained, “We are realising that entrepreneurship is where it is going, so we are going to partner with Junior Achievers. We’ve started to promote entrepreneurship training for the 4H leaders but we need to get it down to the 4H participants. We know it shall be done but we will need to take baby steps.”

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