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Thank you!

Saturday was a beautiful evening for “Wine in the Garden” at Hamamoto Garden to further Guåhan Sustainable Culture’s mission of cultivating ideas and strategies to sustain our environment.  We are so grateful to all the sponsors of our first-ever fundraiser and thankful to everyone who was able to join us.

We were especially happy to all who got their hands dirty planting microgreens with us.  They should be sprouting now and yearning for lots of sunlight. Now, you just need to water them every two to three days and they should be ready for a dish like the salmon croquettes from Capitol Kitchen, or whatever dish you choose to create.  We know you’ll share our love and enjoyment of microgreens once your kale, broccoli, or radish is ready for harvest.

We LOVE all the photos attendees have been sharing on our Instragram (gusustainable) and Facebook (Guåhan Sustainable Culture).  Here’s a link to more photos taken by our wonderful volunteer photographer, Sam Ereno!

Because of your support we will be able to expand upon our existing workshops, begin developing our community garden and educational facility, and help bring our island closer to food sovereignty and greater food security as we near our one-year anniversary this coming January. 

Thank you for your support!

Team GSC

In addition to our sponsors, we’d like to recognize and extend heartfelt gratitude to our volunteers, sound and entertainment crew,  in-kind donors of drinks, raffle prizes, and media publicity. We were especially honored to have Ray Gibson as our emcee who kept the party going!

Thank you to Joey Crisostomo and the Let’s Ride Guam team for the exciting off-road ATV tours and to Hamamoto Gardens for allowing us to use their beautiful venue. Our decorators, Alex, Moñeka and Bruna, did an amazing job with the lights and local flowers. And a special thank you to Guam AutoSpot for lending us a vehicle to transport equipment to and from the event. 

Special thanks to our other cash and in-kind contributors:

Capitol Kitchen

Archway Inc. (dba Infusion/I Love Guam)

Tiny Greens Guam

Ideal Advertising

Ambros Inc.

ANZ Wines

Pacific Wine and Spirits

Titan Imports

MRM Trading

Pepsi Cola Bottling Company

Guam Premium Beverages

Hive Guam

Kloppenburg Enterprises, Inc.

Farm to Table

Express Signs

Hyatt Regency Guam

Personal Finance Center

Matson Navigation

Kadu 

UOG Endowment Foundation

International Dining Concepts

Elvin Chiang

Vita Fermo

Dusit Thani Hotel

Micronesian Brokers Inc.

Onward Mangilao Golf Club

Triple J Enterprises, Inc.

Dickerson & Quinn, LTD

Guam Plaza

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Grow Your Own Microgreens Workshop

It was a full house for the Grow Your Own Microgreens workshop on Saturday March 2, 2019 at the Guam Museum.

Guåhan Sustainable Culture, in partnership with Village Micro-farm and GU Hydro, hosted a workshop on Microgreens. At this session, attendees learned more about microgreens, how to grow these nutrient-dense vegetable greens at home, and pick up a few tips or two on how to make a delicious and healthy meal you can enjoy anytime using microgreens. They were shown how to cultivate and maintain their own superfood garden to have a year-round supply of microgreens that can be added to home-cooked meals, take-out salads and sandwiches, or in smoothies and soups any time. Attendees also were able to plant their own two varieties of microgreens to take home and harvest on their own and participate in a food tasting demo at the end of the session.

Thank you to all the participants who came out to enjoy planting with us!

Special thanks to the Guam Museum, Village Micro-Farm & Ideal Advertising for helping to make this event a great success!

Instructor: David Crisostomo  –  Principal Consultant, D.C. Aquatics; Owner, Village Micro-Farm. To contact Dave, email microgreens.village@gmail.com.

For more information about our organization visit gusustainable.org,
Call 671.687.6491 or 671.687.6713 or email gusustainable@gmail.com

Stay tuned for our upcoming workshops

How to Hydroponics

Saturday, April 6

DIY Aquaponics for Beginners

Saturday, May 4

Times and location to be announced. For more details visit gusustainable.org or the Guåhan Sustainable Culture facebook page.


Humanities Guåhan CARES Act Grant Awarded to GSC

The recent months have demonstrated to GSC that our mission expands beyond the separate categories of environmental sustainability and food security. With help from the Humanities Guåhan CARES Act, we will be able to foster a community that is knowledgeable about local food and its cultural significance to our island’s community. We also understand that we need to approach our relationship to food and land in a holistic matter, not just as a form of sustenance.

Locally grown produce provided by some of Guam’s Farmers
Louis D. Paloma Jr. of Paloma Farms harvesting Jicama

Through the lens of food sovereignty, we recognize that the connections between the farmers who grow our island’s food, the people who consume the produce, and the cultural and social significance of our food are critical to how we understand ourselves as a community, one steeped in the values of reciprocity and inafa’maolek.


Funding has been provided to GSC from Humanities Guahan and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as part of the federal CARES Act of 2020.

Local Produce and Seedlings for Seniors

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 gusustainable@gmail.com or call 687-6491 or 687-6713.

GSC Receives Grant Award from National Farm to School Network

We’re happy to share that we’ve received a $5,000 grant award from the National Farm to School Network to support our ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic. With this funding, we’ll be able to continue our efforts of supporting our local farmers and our local food system, while providing local produce to families in need. Read more about National Farm to School Network’s Covid-19 Relief Fund here.

Through its “Supporting Farmers, Sustaining Families” initiative, Guåhan Sustainable Culture will utilize relief funds to support Guam’s farmers and provide local fresh produce to families and children in need. In this initiative, GSC purchases produce from Guam’s local farmers and then distribute the produce to individual families in fresh produce bags and to charitable organizations. With the notion of food security and food sovereignty in mind, we want to ensure a sustainable local demand for fresh produce so that farmers can feel assured that their produce will be purchased in times of crises such as the COVID-19 pandemic. Furthermore, we want to provide culturally relevant fresh foods to families who are in need of food because of financial hardships due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Families who receive our produce bags receive access to a variety of locally grown produce which they can incorporate into their family’s and children’s meals, thus, teaching children how to eat locally grown produce that they might not be familiar with. Although this initiative was launched during the pandemic, we plan to make this a permanent activity for our organization. 

The infusion of relief funds contributes to the sustainability of the farm to school efforts in the long term by ensuring that Guam’s local farmers not only remain in business but continue to grow a local market outside of the tourism, hotel, and restaurant industry. In addition, Guåhan Sustainable Culture is growing a network of local farmers who can contribute to Guam Department of Education Farm-to-School program in the future. Furthermore, with our “Supporting Farmers, Sustaining Families” initiative, families who receive our produce bags are introduced to a variety of locally grown produce which they can incorporate into their family’s and children’s meals, thus, teaching children how to eat locally grown produce that they might not be familiar with. These families are also becoming more aware of our organization and our goals and objectives to teach farming and agriculture and to nourish island residents.

About National Farm to School Network
National Farm to School Network works to ensure equitable access to local food and nutrition education in order to improve children’s health, strengthen family farms and cultivate vibrant communities. They serve as a resource, advocacy and networking hub for communities across the country who bring local food, gardens, and food and nutrition education into schools and early care and education settings. Farm to school empowers children and their families to engage in their local food systems, while strengthening local economies and contributing to vibrant communities. Learn more at www.farmtoschool.org.

The Egg Layers have arrived!

There are now twelve new and proud owners of egg laying baby chicks that, in about 4-6 months, will be hatching fresh eggs in their owners’ backyards! 

On Friday, April 3rd, Guåhan Sustainable Culture (GSC)  issued live day-old baby chicks to individuals who had attended a Backyard Egg Production workshop last month that was hosted in partnership with Dr. Bob Barber, Mark Acosta and Jessica Nangauta from the University of Guam’s College of Natural and Applied Sciences. 

In addition to raising healthy chickens for their fresh eggs, attendees also learned how to build a movable chicken pen to help control weeds and provide fertilization to regenerate the soil for their gardens. 

This was just one of the many projects GSC has organized to help promote food security in our community. Additionally, raising chickens at home gives people a better understanding and appreciation of their food and its origins. 

During times of economic hardship, such as the one we are facing now, it is even more important for our people to be self-sufficient, self-reliant and less dependent on outside economic support. 

Backyard Egg Production

March 07, 2020

Guåhan Sustainable Culture welcomed over 30 future chicken farmers to a Backyard Egg Production workshop that was conducted by the University of Guam’s Extension Specialist, Dr. Bob Barber along with Mark Acosta and Jessica Nanguata who are also from UOG.

The workshop discussed how chickens, when kept in proper conditions, can be wonderful stewards of the earth and valuable assets to your garden, lawn and compost pile. Attendees were able to see a live chicken pen and also build a moveable chicken coop using materials that are affordable and easily sourced on island.

After a detailed discussion of how to care for day old baby chicks, everyone was given the opportunity to place orders for their very own baby chicks to start raising for a consistent supply of fresh eggs at home.

We hope every attendee absorbed the valuable knowledge of backyard egg production. This is one step towards becoming less relient on imported foods and more sustainable in your home-garden practices.

Summertown Microgreens Workshop for Residents

February 01, 2020

As part of its year long programming, Guåhan Sustainable Culture held its popular microgreens workshop for the seniors and residents of Summertown Estates. Through this activity, participants were able to bring their finished plantings home to care for and harvest on their own. 

The workshops are designed to encourage seniors and the Summer Town community to get involved in gardening activities to improve their physical, social and mental health. 

We look forward to returning for the next gardening workshop this summer. 

Oceanview Middle School Career Day

February 21, 2020

Guåhan Sustainable Culture founders enjoyed talking to Oceanview Middle School students about their goals and ideas as well as the importance of food security and a career in farming.  Students afterwards participated in a hands-on activity  transplanting their very own eggplant seedlings to take home and care for on their own.

With so many great career possibilities out there, we wish every student success in their future endeavors. Good luck , Knights!

Histories of Farming and Agriculture on Guåhan

Guåhan Sustainable Culture (GSC) is currently organizing an archival research and oral history project on the Histories of Agriculture and Farming on Guåhan. In order to envision a future of environmental sustainability and food sovereignty on Guam, GSC hopes that a look into history will provide the island with knowledge of sustainable practices lost to time, reconnect people with their ancestors, and, most importantly, encourage profound connections to the land and island. In other words, knowledge of innovation in farming and agriculture on Guåhan requires a revitalization of cultural practices rooted in Guåhan’s culture.

At GSC, we believe that food security and environmental sustainability translate into the well-being of our island community. Since we began in January 2019, GSC has educated over 500 community members and held over 20 workshops and outreach in cultivating self-sustaining food systems through small-scale family farms and gardens as well as community gardens in collaboration with the University of Guam, Guam Economic Development Authority, Guam Women’s Chamber of Commerce, other non-profit organizations, and local businesses.

…knowledge of innovation in farming and agriculture on Guåhan requires a revitalization of cultural practices rooted in Guåhan’s culture.

We acknowledge that a critical examination of island histories is essential to ongoing conversations regarding sustainable futures for island communities and it is a key component of our current food sovereignty and food security projects. This project attempts to highlight significant developments and turning points in Guåhan’s history of farming and agriculture.

In September 2019, we (GSC) received a grant from Humanities Guåhan and the National Endowment for the Humanities for GSC to research and share local knowledge related to the histories of agriculture and farming on Guåhan through archival research, oral histories with various families, community engagement through a community workshop, and a culminating interactive exhibit that will be launched in August 2020 at the Sagan Kotturan Cultural Center in Tumon. We can’t wait to share this information and exhibit with our community and those interested abroad.

PTC Carabao Connection Fair at Maria A. Ulloa Elementary

On January 14, Guahan Sustainable Culture joined the Maria A. Ulloa Elementary School’s Parent Teacher Conference and “Carabao Connection Fair”.

Students and families were able to plant herbs and vegetables at GSC’s booth to take with them to grow and harvest at home. 

Thank you to the faculty and staff at Maria A. Ulloa Elementary for the opportunity to connect with the community and encourage parental involvement with their students!

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Grow your own Microgreens at Hyatt Regency Guam

On January 11, we partnered with the Hyatt Regency Guam Hotel for an awesome workshop where we demonstrated how to grow your own microgreens. Hyatt Executive Chef Mirko and his team then prepared some wonderful creations to taste test and demonstrate what microgreens can be used for at home.

View more pictures in the slideshow below.

Thanks to those who joined us! Special thanks to Hyatt for their sustainability efforts and the investments they continue to make for our island and our community. 

Be sure to look out for our next workshops ‘Chicken Farming’ and ‘Mushroom Cultivation’ . Join our e-mail list to receive new workshop notifications. We hope to continue to get our community involved in these events so spread the word!

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