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Senator Donna Frett-Gregory

I am proud to have played a key role in establishing the Local Food and Farm Council (“LFFC”) through Act No. 8716. This council is crucial for achieving the goals outlined in the Virgin Islands Territorial Agricultural Plan which aims to build a more sustainable and secure food system for generations to come. The Territorial Agricultural Plan laid out a vision, but the Local Food and Farm Council makes that vision a reality. The Local Food and Farm Council will stay ahead of the curve, adapting and adjusting to nourish future Virgin Islanders. Collaboration across the food chain will spark innovation and shared goals. Data-driven investments will empower communities with fresh, local choices. As sustainability champions, the LFFC will safeguard our land and food system for tomorrow. Transparency and accountability will ensure a thriving future for Virgin Islands food.

But the impact of the Local Food and Farm Council’s goes far beyond policy. The LFFC will foster a culture of local food appreciation through cooperation from stakeholders across the entire food chain, from farmers and fishermen to distributors, retailers, and passionate consumers. Through this collaboration, innovation blossoms, shared goals take shape, and a vibrant tapestry of local food initiatives unfolds. By supporting local farmers, promoting sustainable practices, and encouraging community engagement, the Local Food and Farm Council will pave the way for a healthier, more resilient future. Let us support the efforts of the Local Food and Farm Council, embrace local food production, and contribute to building a brighter future for our islands.

Senator Donna A. Frett-Gregory has served in the 33rd, 34th and 35th Legislatures of the United States Virgin Islands. During her tenure she served as President of the 34th Legislature and chaired two important committees – the Committee on Budget, Appropriations and the Committee on Education and Workforce Development. She is the author of Bill No. 33-0376 now Act No. 8404 which mandated the development of the Territorial Agricultural Plan. She is committed to ensuring the continued progress of agriculture in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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