Tuesday 7 July, 2020

Young entrepreneur's Greenhouse 758 helps you jump-start your garden

Chrisentia Popo's Greenhouse 758 can help you jump-start your kitchen garden

Chrisentia Popo's Greenhouse 758 can help you jump-start your kitchen garden

They say in the face of adversity, lies opportunity and a young St Lucian has taken advantage of that.

Chrisentia Popo, a Business Management major of the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College, has found a way to help St Lucians become more self-sufficient with the establishment of a new business venture called Greenhouse 758.

For several years, a lot of emphasis has been placed on the importance of agriculture.

However, it took the ravages of the COVID-19 pandemic to drive home the point more than ever before.

The overall importance of agriculture is apparent in the face of massive job losses, particularly in the manufacturing and service industries.

To recover and rebuild, St Lucia needs a new generation of young farmers to transform the country’s food security. Several promising St Lucian farmers have accepted the challenge and they have not disappointed thus far!

The goal of this business is to offer fruit and vegetable seedlings including broccoli, lettuce, bell peppers, celery, tomatoes to jump-start St Lucians wanting to own a kitchen garden.

In addition, information is provided on how to care and maintain seedlings to ensure complete success of the project. The seedlings are well maintained and affordable. Currently, all seedling trays cost $50 with single seedlings as low as $1.

Popo, a Babonneau resident, is armed with a strong agricultural background in which both supportive parents are farmers and currently help oversee the daily running of the business from home.

She is already setting sights on expansion of her services.

Popo intends to include the production of flower plants to her list and extend her business to the south of the island.

The youngster believes that it is imperative for St Lucians to eat healthily and grow their own to survive these harsh economic times. 

She is hopeful that young St Lucians will take the leap and start their own business. While she says it is not an easy journey, her advice is “Don’t give up, stay focused and do what you love.”

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