On January 28, EARTH had the honor of hosting Dr. Julius W. Garvey for a luncheon and open conversation with EARTH students, staff and faculty. Dr. Garvey is the son of Jamaican civil rights activist Marcus Mosiah Garvey and lectures internationally on the life and legacy of his father.
Although he is a physician by trade, Dr. Garvey has a profound interest in agriculture, sustainable development and agroforestry. Since 2009, he has worked with Permaculture Ghana to plant over 1 million trees in Northern Ghana, in addition to other development projects across Africa and the Caribbean.
After spending several days on campus, meeting students and touring our academic farms and plantations, Dr. Garvey reflects “It is very interesting that EARTH is designed to teach tropical agriculture to young people who can carry that knowledge back to their country. This is the only way we can bring about the transformation needed to return to local food production.”
Dr. Garvey wrapped up the discussion with an inspirational message to students: “My father was an advocate for self-sufficiency and part of that is being able to grow your own food. In recent generations farming has been made to seem like an unattractive profession but to me, farming is the noblest career in the world. The future belongs to you.”
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