Ground Broken on Construction of Farmers Co-Op in Dededo

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Guam – Ground was broken on the Guam Farmers Co-Op this morning.

The $3-million dollar project is expected to be completed by March of next year. When its done, the island’s farmers will have a place to sell their fruits and vegetables to island residents, restaurants and  hotels and markets.

Its being built on a 12,000 square foot lot in Dededo. The facility will include a 180 vendors stalls, dry, wet and cold storage;  a kitchen, a dinning area, a plant nursery as well as GovGuam offices and parking.

In a statement, Governor Calvo said the co-op “will increase local consumption, keeping more of our money on Guam, giving farmers an industry they can make a healthy living out of, and boosting a healthy local diet.”

 

 

READ the release from the Governor’s Office below:

This Farmers Co-op is part of our vision for economic transformation. Why should we buy food from California, when we can buy it fresh from a Guam farmer?

In a few months farmers will have a place to sell their fruits and vegetables to us. And they’ll get together to sell their produce to markets, restaurants, and hotels.

The farmers cooperative we started building today will increase local consumption, keeping more of our money on Guam, giving farmers an industry they can make a healthy living out of, and boosting a healthy local diet.

The Co-op also can become a place for farmers to share their knowledge of farming – with each other and with the next generation of farmers. The Co-op can become a center from which young Guamanians can learn farming for themselves and their families or on a larger scale for business.