Because of the economic impact of COVID-19, many local farmers found it difficult to make ends meet and in some cases, left their produce to rot in their fields. But with the help of the Farmers Co-Op, farmers are now able to support their families while feeding the island’s people.
Michael Aguon, the president of the Farmers Co-Op, said that the organization had partnered with only a handful of farmers to fill 30 bags with produce at the start of their curbside pick-up service.
That service has quickly grown and so far, around 40 farmers have been supplying 3000 pounds of produce a week to be packaged and sold by the Co-Op.
Aguon says that what’s in the bags depends on what’s available and ranges from local cucumbers and eggplants to papayas and dragonfruit — all for the price of $25 dollars.
“It’s a good one. It’s affordable for people. If we calculated this out, we’re trying to be below what you would buy at any supermarket. We are below that,” Aguon said.
The bags even include seeds from the University of Guam and informational packets on how to grow them. And Aguon says that the Co-Op plans to set up an online payment service within the next few weeks. But right now, Aguon says that the Co-Op is glad to be able to support the island’s farmers.
“A lot of people lost their jobs and the farmers … their job is to plant and grow. Now they have a market to sell it to, so they’re really happy. They’re excited,” Aguon said.
The produce bags are distributed every Wednesday afternoon at the Dededo Farmer’s Market.
If you’re interested in buying a produce bag, call 797-1844 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.