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Farmer Clarence Brings Freshness to MBTS!

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Last Tuesday, the side path along MBTS was livened up with the fresh produce and warm smile of Farmer Clarence McLaughlin.

Farmer Clarence, as he is affectionately known by many in the local community, is very excited to bring his lovingly-grown local product to MBTS every other Tuesday. Based on the empty bins and crates left at the end of the day, his fresh vegetables, fruits, coconut water and jelly, and eggs were extremely popular!

MBTS is delighted to have Farmer Clarence become a part of the school community. With this in mind, we asked Farmer Clarence to share a little bit about himself with the MBTS Crest & Current:

How did you find your path in becoming a farmer? What inspired you to go in that direction?

I love to help and educate people to eat healthy, fresh local produce because there’s a lack of local produce in the Cayman Islands.

What do you love most about being a farmer?

To be around nature and to be able to produce local fruits and vegetables.

Where do you grow your produce? Do you supply other businesses and/or participate in other farmers’ markets on the island?

We produce a variety of fruits and vegetables, and we do go to the Camana Bay Farmers’ Market every Wednesday and Saturday. We also do pop-up markets in schools and local businesses.

What challenges do you encounter as a farmer?

Having adequate fresh water and fertile soil.

What’s in season during these cooler months around Christmas time, and what produce can we expect during your next visit?

During this season, it is great time for greens like lettuce, spinach, arugula, and of course, tomatoes.

What is your favourite thing to grow and/or eat? Why is that your favourite?

Mustard greens and tomatoes are my favourite. They both have a fantastic flavour and taste I really love.

As a steward of the environment and a farmer, what words of wisdom would you share with the children of MBTS?

For the children to try to learn how to eat healthy at an early age, and that they should not forget that the ecosystem of the world is very fragile – human beings can’t exist without a healthy environment.

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Farmer Clarence will be back at MBTS on Tuesday, November 28th. See you there with your shopping bag!

 

MBTS at the 2017 PSA Conference

The entire staff of MBTS was very fortunate to be able to attend this year’s Private Schools Association Educators’ Conference, which was held at the ARC in Camana Bay on October 20th. The focus of the conference was the essential role that educators play in making sustainability possible on a global scale, with Dr. Mike Johnston (Director, Colegio Maya in Guatemala) as the keynote speaker. In his words, “We must ensure students are properly prepared for the world’s most pressing issues and that they have the skills and desire to take action to make a difference.”

After an inspiring and interactive keynote speech, participants joined fellow educators from schools across Cayman in “job-alike” discussion groups, and took part in specialized sessions in the afternoon. Teachers Denise Orosa (Lower Elementary) and Chad Pollard (Upper Elementary) represented MBTS and led a workshop focusing on the Montessori approach to teaching abstract mathematical concepts. Workshop participants, which included teachers from CIS, St. Ignatius, Cayman Academy and Truth For Youth, had the chance to experience the unique concrete materials and hands-on approach that are integral to the Montessori way of learning.

Kids CARE: Making a Paws-itive Impact

KIDSCARE OCTOBEROne of the activities for Kids CARE this term was to lend a helping hand to furry friends in need. Volunteers traveled to the island’s former capital, Bodden Town. The reason for the trip was to drop off donations at the PAWS thrift store. PAWS is an animal welfare organization that provides food, medication and houses for dogs and cats in need.

Student volunteers delivered three boxes and four giant bags of items, which will all be sold and the money used to buy food and Heartgard medication. Volunteers also delivered food to Fred the dog and took him for a walk on the beach, conscientiously picking up discarded plastic as they went.

Kids CARE will continue to get involved and make a positive impact in the greater community.