The Guam Department of Agriculture donated 400 tomato seedlings for the 2021 Law Month Plum Tomato Planting Contest.
With their continued partnerships with community organizations for Law Month, the District Court of Guam, the Judiciary of Guam, and the Guam Bar Association reached out to the Department of Agriculture to help them correlate this year’s theme, “Advancing the Rule of Law” with their planting contest.
DOA Program Coordinator Ursula Herrera tells PNC that the courts were able to distribute all 400 of their seedlings to elementary, middle, and high school students throughout the island.
“It was fitting for them to partner up with the Department of Agriculture to share this vision and shared responsibility of sustaining our community and the responsibility is to grow our seedlings, promoting care and empathy, nurturing of life and what better than your Department of Agriculture to foster that,” Herrera said.
So far from social media posts alone, DOA has garnered and tracked the progress of over 100 students from their online posts with the DOA’s social media tag #guamfuturefarmers2021.
It’s so exciting to see them connecting with the land, providing food for their family, and hopefully sparking the interest of growing more and creating more future farmers,” Herrera said.
She added: “For the families without social media, they are dropping their photos. They’re printing them and dropping them down to the court and to highlight their progress as well. So like I said, there are over a hundred posts and it’s just really exciting to see everyone engage from elementary to high school.”
With the success of the contest, they plan to possibly set up another planting contest with adult participants.
There will be three categories for each school division: Healthiest; Contender; and Harvest Champ with cash prizes of $100, $75, and $50.
The last day of submission for the Plum Tomato Contest will be on May 29 with the award ceremony taking place on June 5th at the Agana Heights Mayor’s Stage at 10 am.