Friday, July 19, 2019

BAMSI hosts third summer camp for teens

Learning how to sew a straw basket. These baskets are made with Silver Thatch

ANDROS, BAHAMAS – BAMSI’s Summer Education Enhancement Discovery Series (SEEDS)attracted teens from North Andros and New Providence.  This year the camp focused on the impact of climate change on: agriculture, marine resources and communities.

To gain a better understanding of the unique challenges brought about by climate change in the Bahamas, participants visited Miss Marshall’s Yard in Red Bays to understand the impact of forest fires on the community’s straw handcrafts; shorter growing seasons for common crops such as cabbages and tomatoes; as well as the decreasing number of crabs harvested over the past few years.  Other field trips included cave exploration at Morgan’s Bluff and open water kayaking at Forfar Field Station which is part of a non-profit organization providing environmental education, scientific research, and cultural awareness through experiential learning.

On the farm, participants learned about the BAMSI Snapper aka Tilapia which completes the aquaponics operations at the farm, and the resources required to grow fish and crops.