We’re pleased to share the following photos from the Virgin Islands Housing Authority highlighting the urban garden surrounding VIHA’s Lucinda Millin Home for seniors on St. Thomas, USVI. The garden is the work of 95-year-old VIHA resident Mr. Christopher who began planting it 20 years ago “to give myself something to do,” as he put it. A native of Tortola, Mr. Christopher grew up with agriculture, and so the cultivation of cassava, green bananas, sweet potatoes, okra and other edibles for the garden came naturally to him. The garden today surrounds three sides of the VIHA community, and he is still its main keeper.
Mr. Christopher tends a plot of herbs used for bush tea in the urban garden he started over 20 years ago.
Edible plants flourish in an urban garden surrounding the Lucinda Millin Home on St. Thomas, USVI.
Green bananas thrive in an urban garden surrounding the Lucinda Millin Home on St. Thomas, USVI.
A sugar apple ripens in an urban garden surrounding the Lucinda Millin Home on St. Thomas, USVI.