THE Guam Community College this week hosted a regional gathering of farmers and chefs at the Multipurpose Auditorium within the campus premises.
From July 23 to 25, several dozen participants and resource speakers representing different entities from the agricultural and tourism industry convened to learn and share about programs promoting greater use of local fruits and vegetables.
Aside from exploring the potential of promoting locally grown produce for the tourism market, the conference also focused on Master Gardener programs and growing fruits and vegetables in the different villages all over the island.
The conference featured sessions facilitated by guest speakers such as Ken Love, president of Hawaii Tropical Fruit Growers; Paul Heerlein, chef instructor/coordinator, Hawaii Community College; Aubrey Bray of the California Statewide Master Gardener Program; and Gary Kastle, certified master gardener in Hawaii.
The Farmer and Chef Conference is sponsored by the GCC Culinary Program, the University of Guam Cooperative Extension, Micronesian Chefs Association, Guam Farmers’ Cooperative Association, the Guam Hotel and Restaurant Association, Hamamoto Tropical Fruit World and the Western Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program.