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Bordeaux Fair Focuses on Healthy Food, Music and More

Jan. 15, 2009 — The tennis courts of Bordeaux will be filled this weekend with fresh produce, healthy raw food and vegetarian dishes, music, farm tours, local crafts, drumming and dance at the 12th annual Bordeaux Farmers Rastafari Agricultural and Cultural Food Fair Saturday and Sunday,
There's something for everybody to enjoy or to learn at the fair. You can learn how to turn a calabash into a beautiful bowl, get tips on solar energy, take farm tours, learn the rudiments of beekeeping or try a bit of yoga. Or, you can just sit back and listen to the music have a piece of homemade raw berry pie or chew on a piece of cornbread with a bowl of Jambie's pumpkin soup.
At the.opening ceremony, beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday, farmer of the year James "Kyrie" Hodge will be recognized, along with gardner of the year Malcolm Meyers and environmentalist Mario Francis.
The fair is hosted by the Bordeaux farmers' collective, We Grow Food Inc., and is also funded in part by the V.I. Council on the Arts. Admission is $2 for adults. Children are admitted free.
This year VITRAN will provide additional bus service both days, Public Works Commissioner Darryl A. Smalls said. The schedule follows the fair agenda posted below.
— Saturday, Jan. 17
9 a.m. – DJ
9:30 a.m. – Sampoorma Yoga Demonstration
10 a.m. – Opening Prayer/ Welcoming Remarks
10:30 a.m. – All Stars Steel Band
12:30 p.m. – DJ
1 p.m. – Official Opening Ceremony –
Farmer of the year presentation to James “Kyie” Hodge, Recognition to the gardner of the year Malcolm Meyers and Mario Francis
1:30 p.m. – Rock Lounge
2 p.m. – Youth Presentation
3 p.m. – Munga Niles Cultural Dancers
4 p.m. – Faulkner’s Unified Jujitsu
4:30 p.m. – Reggae Bubblers
6 p.m. – Conscious Dance Night / Infinity Sounds
10 p.m. – Seal Up
— Sunday, Jan. 18
9 a.m. – DJ
10 a.m. – Opening Prayer/ Welcoming Remarks
10:30 a.m. – Echo People
12:30 p.m. – DJ / Intermission
1:30 p.m. – Honoree Ceremony
2 p.m. – Youth Presentation
2:30 p.m. – Divinely Yours Afrikan Modeling Display
3 p.m. – Phoenix Sound Steel Orchestra
4 p.m. – Africa Apparel Demonstration (Model, Dance and Yoga)
5 p.m. – Rock Lounge /Open Mic Reasonment
6 p.m. – Home Grown Concert (Featuring Inner Visions), Ickarus, Rafijah, Smokey B, Nature Man, Khemistry, Ras Batch and Ras Attitude.
–Activities for Both Days
Farm and Dam Tours
11 a.m. Eldridge Thomas (Sparks)
12 a.m. Malcolm Meyers
11 Charles Leanord Sparks
3 Sparks (Tours of five or more may be arranged with Sparks)
— Demonstrations
VI Energy Office Solar at Works
Holistic Cleaning Products (Saturday only)- Dale Morton UVI Cooperative Extension
Broom Making with Justin Todman
Live food preparation
Grafting with Sparks
Coal Pit
Ital Dubbing using a yaba pot on a three-stone
Bee Keeping
Chlorophyll making
Ask the Plant Doctor Gardening Tips:
Saturday – Richard Pluke of Fintrac
Sunday – Carlos Robles of U.V.I. Cooperative Extension Service.
— Slide Show Presentations
A Day at Mandahl Bay
Coal Pit Building
Bordeaux Farm Community
Greehouse Production at the GreenThumb Farm
Detroit Black Food Security Network – Power Point
— Youth Activity Center
This year featuring recycling projects
Crochet bags from plastic bags – (10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday only)
Making newspaper planting pots
All day educational videos and activities including planting, knitting, calabash art, jewelry art and much more!

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