What is your name?

Ivan Clarke.

What do you do, and where?

I am principal of the Hilda Skeene primary School.

What are the biggest problems you are facing as a producer?

Larceny.

What does sustainability mean to you? How do you incorporate these ideals into your work?

Encourage students to see that they are literally feeding themselves. The ability to take care of oneself and by extension ones family and community and country.

How Long have you been a producer/farmer?

For two years.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

Seeing the look on students faces when the crops start to grow and hearing them speak with pride about their crops.

 

Principal Ivan Clarke with the SFB Educational Gardens team at the Hilda Skeen Primary garden installation.
Principal Clarke (red shirt with hat) with the SFB Educational Gardens team and students at the Hilda Skeene Primary garden installation in 2016.

 

Most memorable/proudest moment as a producer/farmer?

This year we produced a number of lovely herbs from our raised gardens.We also had large quantities of pumpkin, squash, cucumbers and okras. Seeing one of the teachers teaching using these gardens.

Could you share with us a few fishing/farming traditions/culture/recipes/ ingredients/varieties/species that has been lost over time?

We hardly fertilize using animal manures. We seem to have broken the cycle. Our flying fish that I love so much seems to be disappearing. Persons tend to gravitate towards eating more poultry as against fish.

 

Principal Ivan Clarke with the rest of the SFB Educational Gardens team at the 2016 Hilda Skeene Primary garden installation.
Principal Clarke (red shirt in middle) along with former member Lani Edgehill (far left), team member Matthew Gittens (2nd from left), co-founder John Hunte (left of Principal Clarke), Julie McNeel (behind Principal Clarke) and the rest of the SFB Educational Gardens team at the Hilda Skeene Primary garden installation.

 

What is your favourite vegetable/fish/meat to eat and how do you cook it?

I love dolphin baked. Eggplant sautéed with spinach seasonings and baked in a cheese sauce.

What do you think is the future of food in Barbados?

Scary! Our children are keen on agriculture but more schools have to promote agriculture as a vocation. It must be sold as a way of sustaining ourselves or face the high cost of importation. Students should be allowed to grow and experiment with crops.