Claudia Gardner, Assignment Coordinator
Identical twins Kevon and Keyen Gordon have their sights set on becoming professional farmers.
The two youngsters, now 16, cultivate mainly vegetables on a plot of land behind their house in the rural community of Dias in Hanover. For them, there is no better feeling than being close to nature.
Kevon is a student of the Green Island High School, while Keyen attends the Grange Hill High School in neighbouring Westmoreland. In their younger years, they attended the Riverside All-Age school in Hanover.
"From we were little coming up, anything we planted would grow. Me and my brother always went to bush with our father - even before we started going to basic school. Dem time deh, mosquito bite we and we mek pure noise," Kevon, the more talkative of the two, told Western Focus.
Proud Of What We Do
The youngsters cultivate a wide variety of agricultural produce, including corn, okra, cucumber, squash, cabbage, lettuce, gungo peas, broad beans, and pak choi, which they sell to the restaurants and shops in the area as well as to community residents at reduced prices, sometimes even giving away the produce.
"We are proud of what we do and people respect us for it. I want to get big in the farming business so that my mother can live a good life - big so that we can supply some of those big, nice hotels," Kevon said.
The youngsters have both studied agricultural science at school and have become proficient in grafting and transplanting.
In the future, in addition to becoming large farmers, Keyen wants to become a building contractor, while his sibling would like to pursue woodwork as a second occupation.
"I want to do other skills, so I am learning. I want to do farming and woodwork. I put out a whole lot of effort in farming. Every year, we get better and better at it," Kevon said.