Living healthy and securing our own food and nutrition are high on the agenda at Richmond Vale Academy.

Making St. Vincent self-sufficient in healthy organic foods is one of the main legs of the Climate Compliance Conference. Studying nutritional values of foods and herbs, and studying and growing medicinal plants thus became an important field of research for the Climate Activists.
Selwyn Patterson from Rose Hall, teacher at RVA, gained a lot of knowledge about and has experience with local herbs and medicinal plants. The Climate activists – during their stay at the Academy – can learn all about local herbs, grow them, and teach about how to use natural medicines and strengthen our health by taking in the right foods.

Scientific studies have revealed that indigenous healing practices have been part of the main components of the survival and sustainability of the indigenous society. In carrying out the research about those indigenous healing practices, investigations lead the Climate Compliance Activists to the botanical garden in Kingstown. This 250 years old garden holds a variety of trees, plants and flowers and while there is the possibility to investigate the history of the garden, Climate activists go there with the aim to investigate about which medicinal plants are native and are useful for the St. Vincent population.

Being an example, at Richmond Vale Academy we use a variety of herbs and in many different ways; we dry them in our drying cabinet, we drink them as a tea and we cook with them. A herb garden is being established next to the kitchen, and further investigations and expansions are on the way.