The Turks and Caicos islands are a group in the lower Bahamian range of islands. Grand Turk is the island where the seat of government resides. Other large islands are Salt Cay, Parrot Cay, North Caicos, South Caicos, Middle Caicos, and Providenciales. Providenciales (called “Provo” by the locals) is the island that we have chosen for our operation. It is rated in the top 5 resort destinations in the world by TripAdvisor. Grace Bay beach is the most beautiful beach that I have ever seen in my life, offset by the turquoise ocean protected by the reef. When we went there 2 years ago for the first time, Pam and I fell in love both with the island and with its inhabitants. Great folks!
22 months ago Pam and I were in TCI on our 2nd visit to the island of Provo. We were discussing our history with Pam’s new friend/real-estate agent, Heather, when she asked me what I did. I said that I was a farmer, and she remarked that one of her best friends had a hydroponic farm on the island of Nevis and his name was Don Mills. At the time I didn’t know how propitious that conversation was and how much of an influence Don would have on my decision to move towards hydroponics and tomatoes.
I have always enjoyed bringing up the topic of Jethro Tull with others. Their response to my question on whether they knew of Jethro Tull is usually the same: A British Rock Band, which is true.
What they don’t know is the origin of the name:
Jethro Tull was a 17th century British agriculturalist (now called agronomist) who invented the breaking plow and seed drill. His approach fostered in the introduction of horses to use these new pieces of equipment, and he is considered to be the father of the agricultural revolution in England. It was his held belief that by tilling the soil, air (oxygen and nitrogen) was added to it thus facilitating the growth of the plant. This theory was held in contempt for centuries, and yet has recently gained much traction and respect in the agricultural community.