As a part of our Supporting Farmers, Sustaining Families program, Guåhan Sustainable Culture (GSC) donated 50 bags of fresh local produce and 40 seedlings on Friday, July 3, to senior citizens residing in Summer Town Estates in Dededo.
Our organization received a donation of seedlings from Paloma Farms and combined it with our weekly produce bag donations which were filled with a variety of local produce to include kangkong, cucumbers, longbeans, winged beans, calamansi, hot peppers, eggplant, bittermelon, tomatoes, breadfruit and more.
The Summer Town housing units come equipped with planter boxes for their personal gardening, making the okra, cherry tomato and green bean seedlings a great addition to promote food security and a healthy lifestyle for the senior residents.
The Supporting Farmers, Sustaining Families program seeks to aid local farmers who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic by purchasing excess produce and then distributing the produce to families in financial hardship. To date, the program has assisted 35 local farmers.
We’ve hosted drive-through produce bag distributions in partnership with the mayor’s offices in the villages of Barrigada, Umatac, MongMong Toto Maite, and Santa Rita. We’ve also partnered with other non-profit organizations and communities such as WestCare, Micronesian Climate Change Alliance, Para Todus Hit, I Hagan Famalao’an, Filipinos for Guåhan, Mañelu Guam, the Chuukese community in Guam, Catholic Social Services, Oasis Empowerment and the Salvation Army.
Organizations interested in becoming a part of the Supporting Farmers, Sustaining Families program can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 687-6491 or 687-6713.