PRESS RELEASE – On Saturday November 26, 2016 New York’s Jamaican Consul General, Trudy Deans paid a visit to Long Island to meet The Farm Up Jamaica Diaspora Group.
Her first stop was at Sam’s Caribbean Marketplace where she was welcomed by Farm Up Jamaica board members and Jamaican diaspora from the Metropolitan region. During this meet and greet, she was able to connect with many Jamaicans from the area and learn more about diaspora involvement in Farm Up Jamaica efforts.
That morning, she also met with Sam’s Caribbean Marketplace owner, Andrew Morris. Farm Up Jamaica also launched the Shop Fi A Cause Program, which allows businesses to contribute a portion of their proceeds to help rebuild the socioeconomic viability of Jamaica. Sam’s Caribbean Marketplace was the first business to sign up for this program.
Thereafter, Farm Up Jamaica’s Executive Director, Neil Curtis and Advisory Board Chairman, Doug Marriott escorted the Consul General’s team to meet one of the value chain anchor supermarkets who sell Jamaican products to the diaspora community, large scale.
It was discussed that there are major opportunities for Brand Jamaica products, which are not yet represented in the U.S. and the possibility for distribution to over 400 additional outlets across the Tri-State area. The Consul’s tour of the supermarket proved most impressive as she was able to witness the impact of Brand Jamaica in an area dominated predominantly by Americans and Latinos.
The visit ended with the Consul General meeting with some of Farm Up Jamaica’s most influential Diaspora. The event was hosted by former Judge and current Village of Freeport Mayoral Candidate, Stephen Drummond Esq. It was well-attended and made everyone feel at home.
Some of the notables in attendance included the Honorable Dr. Julius Garvey, Son of Marcus Garvey, Mayor Wayne Hall of Hempstead Long Island, Former Nassau County Legislator, Patrick Williams and an array of professional and business leaders. A culinary gift from Jamaican chef, Andre Fowles, winner of The Food Network’s Chopped, was given to the Consul General and helped to punctuate the cocktail hour.
Neil Curtis then invited all attendees to a Farm Up Jamaica presentation held in Stephen Drummond’s den, which laid out the accomplishments, current projects and the future of diaspora interaction with Jamaica under the organization’s stewardship. All in all- it was a wonderful visit and opportunity for Jamaicans to collaborate with its current leadership.
The Consul General eloquently addressed the members, thanking them for such a warm and welcoming reception and encouraged them to continuously support the Farm Up Jamaica Movement, siting the profound impacts that it can have on Jamaica and its people.