BAMSI takes its product to the church

The Bahamas Agriculture & Marine Science Institute’s (BAMSI) Pop-Up Market and Bahamian Artisan Show is tapping into religious and social outreach efforts through a partnership with Holy Trinity Anglican Church, for a pop-up on the church grounds in Stapledon Gardens.

More than 30 vendors are expected to be on hand to offer the public an array of goods, including fresh produce, and processed food items, such as jams, stewed tomatoes and pickled goat peppers. Beyond the food items, Bahamian entrepreneurs will have the space to display manufactured products such as straw and leather work, and jewelry and fashion items.

The event on Saturday, April 30 is being promoted as a cultural explosion and family fun day. A kiddie corner will feature a petting zoo, face painting, snow cones and other fun activities and games. For parents who struggle to introduce vegetables to their children and for persons who want to learn new and exciting ways to make fruits and vegetables a regular part of their diet, Chef Donte Johnson of Mou Mou’s Take Away, will be part of a live cooking demonstration and taste testing.

The pop-up takes place between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

“Along with this being an opportunity for Bahamian families to get out and have a day of fun, the pop-up represents a significant economic platform for our backyard farmers and smaller farms who have surplus,” said Tyrel Young, BAMSI chairman.

He said a critical element in the fight to reduce food insecurity is the creation of pools of access and availability for communities throughout the city and that BAMSI serves as a bridge, bringing together merchants and buyers in an atmosphere of family fun.”

Young said BAMSI’s plan going forward is to host the events at least once a month, each time partnering with a church or organization that has a strong outreach ministry, a feeding program and focuses on community and the less fortunate.

BAMSI’s academic affairs team will be on hand to offer insight into its 10 degree programs and certificate and online courses for those interested in agriculture, marine science, aquaculture, business administration, agronomy and animal science, and those wanting to learn about scholarships opportunities.

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