Anyone who wants a real sense of island daily life and subsistence should call Mervin “Mansa” Tyson. He’ll take you past his fruit trees and herb gardens through rows of tomatoes, cucumbers, string beans, eggplant, zucchini, sweet pepper, melons, and more. Discussing the needs for at least partial organic growing practices, he passionately explains how he adapted traditional folk pesticides and describes the medicinal properties of various plants, cultivated and wild. He’ll prepare a lunch using his produce, including delectable refreshing fruit drinks at his Mansa’s Last Stand grocery across from the beach. Weekend barbecues are a highlight. All in all, this agritourism foray redefines food for thought.
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