Harry S. Truman Elementary School Students Cultivate Self-Sustainable Farm

Harry S. Truman Elementary School thanks to Breaking the Cycle will soon have a self-sustainable farm to provide college tuition assistant and stipends for high school graduate interns as well as benefit their village of Santa Rita.

Guam – Breaking the Cycle – in conjunction with Farm to Table Guam and the University of Guam Cooperative Extension Service – spent three years teaching children the basics of planting, pest management, composting, harvesting, and produce sales.

Thanks to a $46-thousand dollar grant provided by the Guam Visitors’ Bureau, BTC was able to buy gardening supplies for the school, which is in its third year of cultivation in the Duk Duk Gardens, as well as develop its Taotao Mo’na Farms Project in Santa Rita.

According to BTC President Chelsa Muna-Brecht, “These funds supported Duk Duk Gardens in a way that allows it to become a permanent annual project for the students at Truman and now allows BTC to set our sights on developing a larger scale farm project for high school graduates in the south.”

Those grant funds will be used to get the farm to an operating and profit-generating stage. The profits will then support college tuition assistance and stipends for high school graduate interns who work on the farm.

BTC plans to extend this model to the northern and central regions of the island. For questions, please contact board member Chelsa Muna-Brecht at btcguam@ymail.com.