I Hagan Famalåo’an Guåhan cancels second distribution of home garden kits

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The CHamoru women’s organization I Hagan Famalåo’an Guåhan has cancelled a planned second distribution of free home-garden kits that was scheduled for this Saturday, July 18.

The Department of Agriculture announced the second distribution in a news release Monday. Hagan Famalåo’an Guåhan later announced that the event has been cancelled because they’ve run out of their garden-kits.

Last Saturday, July 11th, I Hagan Famalåo’an Guåhan says they distributed over 200 FREE home-garden kits to island residents.

I Hagan Famalåo’an Guåhan received a grant from the indigenous Pawanka Fund to distribute their home-garden kits. IHFG has said the kits can be used to help reduce the impact of COVID-19.

Originally the home-garden kits were prompted as medicinal kits to provide a treatment for COVID-19 symptoms, however as PNC News reported in May they were subject to a compliance review by the Department of Public Health’s Division of Environmental Health.

They are now being offered as home-garden kits.

“As our community continues to face the increasing social, economic, and health challenges of the pandemic,” states a release from the organization. “IHFG rises to meet some of those needs and DOAG, NSWCD, and CLTC are here to support and assist.”

The Department of Agriculture’s Development Services, the Northern Soil and Water Conservation District, the Chamorro Land Trust Commission and the Mangilao Mayor’s Office assisted in the distribution.

The Department of Agriculture provided technical guidance, logistical support, and manpower to help ensure last Saturday’s event was successful.

“We want food sovereignty. We want food security for Guam. We are here to help our community benefit and thrive,” emphasized Chelsa Muña-Brecht, director of Department of Agriculture.