While attending the Southern SAWG conference this year, Carlos Robles received notification that he had been appointed the Ag Commissioner for the Virgin Islands. Robles is a long-time attendee of the Practical Tools and Solutions for Sustaining Family Farms conference. He holds a bachelor's degree in agriculture science from Florida Agriculture and Mechanical University and a master's degree in horticultural science from the University of Florida.
Robles has worked at the University of the Virgin Islands Cooperative Extension Service since 1981 and is the state coordinator for sustainable agriculture. He was the first certified arborist in the Virgin Islands, and regularly teaches the public about the care of plants and trees in the territory through workshops and seminars.
The new administration seeks innovation in the agriculture system and believes Robles will be very instrumental in growing the farm to school effort, as well as linking farms to other institutions. Governor Mapp envisions making the island more sustainable by coordinating with farms and supplying a widely varied fresh food source to the population and proposes an Agriculture Revolving Fund to help farmers acquire the equipment they need.
Southern SAWG is delighted and honored that one of our own has been appointed to such an influential position in the Virgin Islands cabinet. We wish Carlos Robles all the best with his new position.