During the government shutdown and her newfound spare time, Kamahli Roduk found ways to keep herself busy and picked up a hobby by starting her own backyard farm.
A mother of 2, radio on-air personality, and a one-to-one school aide at Jose Rios Middle School, Kamahli Roduk, also known as The Shark’s Kamahli Mahli, was always interested in growing vegetables but did not have any mentors growing up or the time to start out on her own.
But when the COVID lockdown happened and the community was ordered to stay at home, her routine changed.
After 20 years, Kamahli found time to start a garden in her backyard in Dededo. She started off with a couple of eggplants. From there, her interest and collection of vegetables grew, and she also started growing radish, carrots, lettuce, red kale, green onions, green beans, bell peppers, calamansi, and donne sali, the Guam boonie pepper seed.
Kamahli found it cool to grow your own food. She never understood why we purchase vegetables from the store when we can grow our own food.
In an interview with PNC, Kamahli mentions the benefits of farming and the importance of staying sustainable.
“So I like spending time outside, and, um, I think spending my time outside farming just calms me … makes me realize a lot of things and I get time to think about things … process things. And at the same time you are going to cultivate things that are going to benefit you later and just spend a little bit of time … just a little bit of love, just a little of all the good things,” she said.
Aside from farming, Kamahli also goes fishing at Paseo with family every once in a while to catch sea urchins and octopus. She plans to continue farming even when the government shutdown is over.