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LOCAL farmers, backyard gardeners and anyone who enjoys good food headed to the Guam Department of Agriculture in Mangilao yesterday for the 6th May Harvest Festival.
Several tents were set up inside the facility, where guests can avail of free plant, tree and vegetable seedlings.
In another tent, an array of animals was put on exhibit, including several varieties of chickens, rabbits, and even a peacock.
Agriculturist Pete Terlaje said the Harvest Festival encourages the community to get into gardening or farming by showing them what they can do on their field or backyard.
The festival, according to Terlaje, also encourages the community to buy from local producers and, in the process, help local farmers and contribute to the sustainability of the island.
“Buy local. Help your local farmer and your local producers because we want to be self-sustainable in the long run. Instead of importing our food, we know how to grow it ourselves,” Terlaje said.
The impressive buffet spread at the Harvest Festival featured Chamorro fusion food prepared by students from the Guam Community College Culinary Arts Program.
Almost all of the fish and produce used by the Culinary Arts students for the buffet spread came from local fruit and vegetable farms, and the Department of Agriculture nursery.
Peter Torres, chef for the May Harvest Buffet, is particularly proud of the breadfruit and avocado hash done "the old school way." For him, the dish is the highlight of the fusion buffet.
Torres said the spread promotes Chamorro food and culture to the community.