Published in the Jamaica Observer

In Bethsalem District, St Elizabeth, four-year-old Oneil Grant, otherwise known as Chris, tends to his goats, rabbits, chickens and crops with a fearless and tenacious spirit.

‘Chat Jamaican with Tania’ stumbled upon Chris during the YouTube channel curator’s annual visit to her grandmother’s grave in the parish. “While I was at the graveside, I saw this little boy in the bush pulling and tying out the goat. I soon met his grandma and shared my surprise at seeing him and she say, ‘Yes man, him a big farmer!’,” noted Tania Pryce.

Grandmother Beverley Brown was pleased with the interest expressed in Chris and allowed Tania to feature him handling his farm routine on her YouTube page which showcases Jamaicans in their element.

Brown shared that after a cup of hot Milo or cocoa tea, she and her grandson head out to begin their day on the farm together. With a tradition of farming dating back to her grandparents, Brown reminisced with delight on how Chris first started to show interest in farming last year when he was only three years old. “A mawnin time when him wake, him seh to mi, ‘Mama, weh yuh ago do?’ and mi seh mi ago tie out di goat dem. Him tek mi bwoyfren wata boots and put on, and me and him go tie out di goat dem and come back,” she said.

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