Lambeau teenager Nikolai Hart Hopley's aquaponic garden earned him first place in Tobago and third overall in the national Grow it Yourself kitchen garden competition.
The kitchen garden challenge is an incentive-based project initiated by the Ministry of Sport and Community Development in partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture, Lands and Fisheries, which encouraged members of the public to test their green thumb. The challenge began on June 8 and ran for six weeks.
It is part of the Prime Minister's Best Village Competition and was previously known as Clean and Beautify TT. The competition was reintroduced in Mya last year, as people gravitated towards kitchen gardens during the first COVID-19 lockdown. There were five categories of kitchen garden prizes: small, medium, large, hydroponic and aquaponic.
Special category prizes included: most innovative kitchen garden, most sustainable garden, best influencer kitchen garden – which would be decided by the judges and public based on how many likes received on the ministry's social media channels – people's choice, decorative garden and family garden.
The fifth form Scarborough Secondary School student said he chose to enter the competition because he “knew only good things would come out of taking part.”
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