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Carly Champaco-Munoz, Pacific Daily News
Local lancherus and lancheras were featured at an in-person exhibit Saturday hosted by Guåhan Sustainable Culture as part of the organization’s Ginen I Gualo’ Histories of Farming and Agriculture on Guam project.
The team researched the island’s agricultural history and development and compiled that information, plus profiles of current farmers on Guåhan Sustainable Culture’s website.
“Sharing the farmers’ stories gives us insight into where they came from, … which was all part of the project, looking at the past so that we can move forward and make changes for the future by seeing where we came from,” said Michelle Crisostomo, Guåhan Sustainable Culture president. “Their stories are really inspiring.”
The group unveiled life-sized exhibits and digital displays alongside tables of local produce and locally made products in their new space in the Chamorro Village.
“They (farmers) work so hard and not a lot of people know their life stories. That’s what we wanted to share because we want to inspire other people to maybe also take up farming and even grow their own food at home,” Crisostomo said.
Crisostomo said they hope to secure more resources to expand the project and speak with more farmers.
The Ginen I Gualo’ project was about two years in the making and was supported by Humanities Guahan and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Guåhan Sustainable Culture is plowing ahead on new projects. Crisostomo said the group will be working with Chamorro Village and the Center for Island Sustainability on a planned community garden in Hagåtña and expanding their sustainable workshops.
- For more information about Guåhan Sustainable Culture or to browse the Ginen I Gualo’ project, visit gusustainable.org.