Guam – Several dozen farmers and chefs from around the region are gathering in the Multipurpose Auditorium at Guam Community College through Wednesday to bring together agriculture and tourism industries, and to promote greater use of local fruits and vegetables in the tourism industry.
The conference also focused on Master Gardener programs and promoting the growth of fruits and vegetables in island villages. Guest speakers include 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 conference is sponsored by the GCC Culinary Program, the University of Guam Cooperative Extension, Micronesian Chef’s 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.
[L -R: Chef Joseph Deleon Guerrero, Hyatt Regency Saipan; Ken Stewart, Guam Food Guy; and Chef Daniel Lenherr, Westin Resort Guam Executive Chef, attend the Farmer Chef Conference at Guam Community College. The three-day conference focuses on bringing together the region’s agriculture and tourism industries to promote greater use of local fruits and vegetables, and to promote more gardening in the region.]