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Mapp Administration To Establish Fruit Farm Tours On St. Croix

BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS - 1994/01/01: British Virgin Island, Tortola Is., Roadtown, Banana, Blossoms And Fruit. (Photo by Wolfgang Kaehler/LightRocket via Getty Images)
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CHRISTIANSTED – The Virgin Islands Department of Agriculture invites persons who are interested in putting their fruit orchards on a fruit farm tour scheduled for Saturday, March 5, 2016 at 9:00 a.m.

The farm was supported by Specialty Crop Block Grant (SCBG) program funding. Persons are asked to meet at the vacant lot at the Midland Road traffic light next to the John H. Woodson Jr. High School.

SCBG funding is made available to successful applicants to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops in the territory.

Funds received by the VIDOA from the U.S. Department of Agriculture – Agricultural Marketing Service (USDA-AMS) are awarded to sub-grantees to establish fruit orchards, community gardens or to conduct apiculture training.

The VIDOA encourages interested individuals to apply for funding. Funding is limited. Grant application packages may be obtained at the department offices on all three islands. Deadline for applications is April 15, 2016.

For more information, please contact Errol Chichester at (340) 778-0997 ext. 222.

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy has been reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Caribbean region since 1989. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is originally from Detroit, Michigan.

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