Farmer Profiles

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"My goal was to have an imported rooster. Now I have more than enough."

- John Aguon

Covid 19 and the Impacts of Eating Local

Mr. Chao wasn’t always a farmer. Originally from a city near Shanghai, China, he arrived in the Northern Mariana Islands a few decades ago as part of the economic boom in manufacturing and tourism. But when those businesses slowed about 10 years ago, he moved to Guam to start his new venture – agriculture.

Walking underneath the canopy of trees at Benny Chargualaf Sr.’s farm is like taking a stroll through a forest of food. Coconut trees, banana trees, and papaya trees are not in rows, but carefully-placed clusters, to allow the sunlight to filter through so that younger trees can take root. 

 

Both Dave and Michelle Crisostomo promote modern agricultural methods such as hydroponics and aquaponics systems that can feed island for future generations. 

A self-taught farmer, Chelsa is inspired by Masanobu Fukuoka’s One Straw Revolution where she read about how to farm in harmony with nature, and how to work with the island’s ecology to grow fruits and vegetables using the plants’ natural relations with each other. 

Mr. Laguaña’s earliest recollections is on his grandparents’ farm where he with his siblings and cousins learned their first lessons of Chamoru culture and language. His grandparents had been farmers the pre-World War II days, and even farmed during the Japanese occupation. 

"The Land is Sacred."

- Ron Laguaña

At Åmot Farms in Dededo, Saina Bernice Nelson has a collection of over two hundred beautiful plants from achote to rosemary to hibiscus and roses and even strawberries. But her farm isn’t a typical farm. Saina Nelson grows åmot, traditional medicine, from the Marianas and around the world.

“My garden is not to do it for you. My garden is for you to learn to do it”.

-Saina Bernice Nelson

Wake up early on a weekend and head to the Farmer’s Market in Dededo. The Paloma Family, who collectively call themselves Paloma Farms, occupy three stalls in a row, selling a wide range of local products that can easily be a one stop shop for local meals. 

“My dad taught us the value of hard work and humility." “You have to give to the land what you take.”.

Dr. Marilyn Salas has worn multiple hats in the world of education in Guam, but now she’s on a different mission – to empower our island’s community to create a more sustainable and food secure island. 

 

“From a young age, the love of nature, the respect for nature, was instilled in us.”

- Dr. Marilyn Salas

A personal memoir of Gregoria Estoy with Norma

Every Saturday and Sunday you can find local farmers at the Dededo Flea Market selling their produce. If you want fresh produce, along with ornamentals and other local products, the Dededo Flea Market is a one-stop shop.

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