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Mapp Administration To Establish Fruit Farm Tours On St. Croix

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 is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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