The Premier and two cabinet ministers this morning toured the premises of a new organization that plans to use farm-to-table agriculture to support sober living. Beacon Farms, a beacon of hope, is located in Frank Sound, on property once owned by the late Speaker of the legislative assembly, the Honorable Edna Marie Moyle. It will be a work in collaboration with the Bridge Foundation, a charity that provides transitional housing support for recovering addicts. Beacon Farms’ vision is to facilitate a variety of educational and skills programs for residents who are committed to improving their quality of life and avoiding legal issues. Premier the Honorable Alden McLaughlin joined Agriculture Minister the Honorable Juliana O’Connor-Connolly, and the Home Affairs Minister the Honorable Tara Rivers, on a tour of the site this morning. The Premier says government is always pleased to support enterprises like Beacon Farms for many reasons.
“I see the makings of something that I think can be very very successful, not just with the rehabilitation of our people who are having issues with drug addiction and substance abuse, but also they’re viewing this as a commercial venture, which is what I think will actually make it succeed, because it’s not just going through the motions but actually there is a product at the end which is marketable, and they seem to have the knowledge, they seem to have the wherewithal, to make this happen, so I’m gonna continue to look forward to this and as I’ve indicated anything government can do to help and to support this are we most willing to do.”
Mrs. O’Connor-Connolly shared her excitement over the potential boost to local agriculture. “??? my culture ??? it’s my responsibility to promote and encourage, and enhance where possible and financially able, so it’s exciting when you find a private entrepreneur that comes in and wants to agriculture especially where we don’t have a colossal amount of arable land, but with technology now we can go to greenhouses which have already done and they’re using that labor force that most of our market shunts away from, so not only are they looking to diversify the agriculture market but they’re using to empower our labor market and put that together. That’s a very dynamic combination which I’m extremely proud to have been here today to hear it.” Beacon Farms is made possible through an investment by the Hoff Family Foundation led by Grainger and Margie Hoff, permanent residents who have been in a 35-year relationship with the Cayman Islands. Operational leadership will be provided by their son Scott, who has a lengthy background in rehabilitation. It is anticipated that the project will facilitate housing and jobs as well as a continuum of care for dozens of people each year. With Recovery Month being on September 1st CI GTV will bring you more from the Beacon Farm tour over the next few days.