COME SATURDAY, the College of Agriculture, Science and Education (CASE) - located in Passley Gardens, Portland - will host its annual celebration in commemoration of the 103rd anniversary of the founding of the Government Farm School at Hope Gardens, St Andrew. The day's activities will start at 10 a.m. and unfold at the college's West Campus under the theme 'Building Bridges, Forging Links'.
The only local institution offering tertiary-level agricultural training, in 1942 the Government Farm School was renamed the Jamaica School of Agriculture (JSA); and in 1957 was relocated to Twickenham Park, St Catherine, and 11 years later, admitted the first batch of female students.
In 1981, the College of Agriculture at Passley Gardens was established as a replacement for the JSA, and in 1995 it was merged with the Passley Gardens Teachers' College to become the College of Agriculture, Science and Education, with a mandate to carry out teaching, research, and extension programmes in agriculture.
President of the Alumni Association Jamaica Chapter, agronomist Webster McPherson, is inviting all Ole Farmers, students, staff and the public in general to come out for an invigorating and stimulating day of fun activities. These include Ole Farmers and students rap sessions, 15/15 cricket competition, six-a-side football games, domino, tug of war, volleyball and netball competitions, as well as board games.
The word from McPherson is: "Come out and enjoy the lyme, camaraderie and reminisce with distinguished and take advantage of the serious networking opportunities with Ole Farmers."
Meanwhile, the Ole Farmers Association North America will for the second year award scholarships to three deserving students.