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OUTSIDE THE PULPIT: Not too late to grow lettuce

Rev Errington Massiah

OUTSIDE THE PULPIT: Not too late to grow lettuce

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I planted, Apollas watered, but God gave growth, so neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth.  – (1 Corinthians 3: Verses 6 and 7).

I COULD NOT BELIEVE what I was seeing when I read Monday’s DAILY NATION which stated that we have “lettuce woes in Barbados”. It forced me to get a different pair of glasses and reread the story in order to see if I was seeing right.

All those lands out of production and there is a lettuce shortage. This is unheard of. Is this the Barbados that produced so much food in the past? Are we serious about agriculture in Barbados?

The answer is no.

Chefs around Barbados are crying out that there is a lettuce shortage and that some retailers say they have to rely on importers for lettuce. I do not care how many chefs need different varieties of lettuce – we should not have to import that item.

For sure I am one person who will not be buying any lettuce at $14 a head. I will die first. I am also aware that a shortage will bring about a high price, but it is not for me.

Lettuce is not a very difficult crop to be grown here. It is a short time crop – it takes about six weeks to produce. This problem is really telling us at what point our agriculture is at.

Today, I can still remember that lettuce boy on a Sunday morning who came to each home and he would sell a head of lettuce for about five cents. We can grow most of our food and we are not doing it. What is wrong?

It is of great concern to me, because both Christmas and the winter tourist season are just around the corner. What are we going to do?

Come on let us do something now, because it is not too late, bearing in mind that lettuce is a short crop to produce.

Moravian Youth Pageant

 THE MORAVIAN CHURCH’S Youth Pageant God’s Human Resources takes place tomorrow at 6 p.m. at the Calvary Moravian Church, Roebuck Street, St Michael.

Bajan night

ST JOSEPH PARISH CHURCH will be holding its annual Bajan Night tomorrow at 5 p.m. on the hard court opposite the parish church. Yours truly’s famous pig tail soup will be on sale.

Provincial Synod

THE PROVINCIAL SYNOD of the Anglican Church in the West Indies will be held in Barbados from tomorrow until November 20. The opening service of the synod will be on Sunday at 4:15 p.m. at the Cathedral of St Michael and All Angels.


ST JOSEPH’S PRIMARY SCHOOL will be celebrating its 30th anniversary with a service on Sunday at St Aidan’s Anglican Church, Bathsheba at 10 a.m.

Worship around the Hymns

FULL GOSPEL ASSEMBLY at Prospect, St James presents Worship Around The Hymns on Sunday, at the Queen’s College Auditorium, Husbands, St James at 5:30 p.m.

Need to survive service

THE WOMEN’S MINISTRIES at the Church of God, Chapman Street, The City, is presenting, as an affirmation to the males in our lives and in our land, I Need You To Survive on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Missionary meeting

 THE MORAVIAN CHURCH, Watts Village, St George invites the public to its annual missionary meeting on Tuesday, at 7:30 p.m. Guest Preacher is Pastor Leroy Daisley of Reformation Life Ministry. Host Pastors are Rev. Andrew Roberts and Rev. Vera Waithe.

Independence concert

CHRIST CHURCH PARISH CHURCH presents What is Independence – an Independence concert and dance on Saturday, November 28, at 7 p.m. at the Ivan Harewood Centre, at the church.

Festival of Lights

ST MATTHIAS ANGLICAN CHURCH presents Christmas is a Feeling – a festival of lights, music and dance at the church on Sunday, December 6, at 6 p.m.


REV. REGINALD KNIGHT will be ordained to the Order of Priesthood at the Cathedral of St Michael and All Angels on Monday, December 7, the Feast of St Ambrose. The service begins at 7:30 p.m. Please remember Rev. Knight in your prayers as he prepares for his ordination.


REVEREND PETER BOXILL will be instituted as Rector of St Jude on Saturday, December 12. Reverend Canon Coleridge Darlington will be instituted as Rector of St Thomas on January 9. Both services will be at 4 p.m. Please remember them in your prayers.