a) Topic(s) – In response to client requests, we will attempt to explore use of “You Tube” and social media (Facebook) for educational delivery/support and curriculum development. This period’s topics include but are not limited to: soil and water conservation practices, farm
planning and development, record keeping, enterprise budgeting, permaculture, agroforestry, home, school, and community gardening, food security, and promotion of government programs.
b) Context, justification and assumptions – The Guam Sustainable Agriculture Professional Development Program (PDP) is a part of the New and Veteran Farmer Program under the NIFA Guam Food Security and Global Hunger POW. The PDP program coordinates collaboration
among agricultural support agencies/NGOs in the delivery of educational programs by providing support in collaborative curriculum development, demonstrations, and workshop delivery. In recent evaluations, a recurring theme in educational delivery was the desire for web, video, and social media formats for information delivery. Subject matter and core issue topics were identified in past sub regional conferences, then further refined by annual needs assessments though advisory meetings. The program facilitates multi-agency project planning to outreach professionals in their efforts to address the identified local and regional needs.
c) Stakeholder and partner involvement – Over the year’s on Guam, the client base of agriculture professionals and paraprofessionals has grown. In this period we plan to reform the advisory group keeping representatives of core partners (NRCS, FSA, DoAg, CE&O, AES, and
local ag consultants) hold a planning meeting then conduct focus groups of agricultural production sectors like; livestock, commercial vegetable, commercial fruit, market gardeners, aquaculture, and paraprofessional agriculture groups. Then invite the core partners and representatives from these industry sectors to identify future program topics and update members on current program progress. These advisory member partner’s will be active partners in the education and outreach efforts of Guam’s PDP efforts.
d) Inputs – The Guam WSARE PDP has three focus areas for professional training and program development. Inputs for each focus area follow: 1) Adapting New Farmer Curriculum with a focus on educational videos and social media for use by Outreach/Education Professionals
that do not have agricultural backgrounds and delivery to nontraditional clients, by training professionals in use of this curriculum for use in home and subsistence gardener contexts. The program will attempt to integrate earlier developed curriculum into online videos like (Youtube) and utilize social media (Facebook) as client group network building. Inputs include; local Smith Lever funds, PDP funds, UOG CE&O new Community Healthy Living program staff and expertise from UOG: CES & AES & SBDC, NRCS and DoAG staff, and other agriculture, food, and health professionals. WSARE PDP will facilitate gardener need assessment, program planning, and coordination of curriculum development and role modeling. 2) Agricultural Professional Support for capacity building for technical support of agricultural producers including, subsistence producers and home market gardeners. In the past WSARE PDP effort focused on developing New Farmer curriculum for commercial producers and supporting agricultural professionals in workshop delivery. WSARE PDP funds will be leveraged with local Extension to support agriculture professionals’ trainings of island commercial and subsistence farmers.
Other inputs include: staff support from UOG CES & AES, DoAG, GCC culinary program, and NRCS as they also assist each other in training delivery. The WSARE PDP program will support curriculum development, training in its use, maintaining demonstration sites, and assisting
Narrative Guam State/Protectorate WSARE Implementation Proposal 2017/18 partner groups in delivering trainings to their client groups. The PDP program will also conduct strategic planning sessions with farmer, agricultural professionals, and community groups to
identify new topics. 3) Delivering New and Veteran Farmer Trainings by developing curriculum
and demonstrations for trainings for clients that want to begin agricultural production. Our
multi agency outreach group has identified three types of producers; subsistence/producers
(those striving to reduce the family food bill and increase food diversity by gardening), market
gardeners (gardeners who produce a surplus for sale as a first step to larger commercial
production), and commercial producers (those who derive a significant portion of their income
from agricultural production). For inputs, local support is available from Northern and Southern
Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCD), Farmers’ Co-Op, Guam DoAG, MCA, UOG Small
Business Development Center (SBDC), and GCC culinary program. This core group regularly
works in smaller partnerships to obtain outside funding for targeted efforts.
e) Outputs –
1) Adapting New Farmer Curriculum with a focus on educational videos and
social media for use by Outreach/Education Professionals that do not have agricultural
backgrounds and delivery to nontraditional clients, (a) target audience includes community
leaders, local health professionals, veteran support, teachers and outreach professionals
concerned with developing gardening programs and community clients. (b) Activities and
methods include curriculum trainings, client workshop series and set up of new demonstrations
where PDP team models recommended practices. (c) Products beyond fact sheets and Power
Point presentations will involve posting on web and You Tube videos.
2) Agricultural Professional Support, (a) target audience is island ag. professionals. (b)Activities include the development of a new curriculum materials to add to the existing New Farmer Narrative Guam State/Protectorate WSARE Implementation Proposal 2017/18
series. (c)Products are workshop materials, extension fact sheets, field demonstrations, and use of new media.
3) Delivering New and Veteran Farmer Trainings, (a) target audience includes commercial
producers, market gardeners, and subsistence/gardener producers. (b) Outputs include New
and Veteran Farmer trainings, events and media. (c) Products will include curriculum in new
formats and on the web and social media pages, and new grants.
1)New advisory group formed and provided input from industry focus groups.
2) Island Outreach professionals will utilize the adapted curriculum for new and veteran
producers in workshops and maintain demonstrations on recommended practices.
3) Harder to document but expect new gardens initiated, and increased production and
consumption of fruits and vegetables by island families, adoption of sustainable practices
taught by these producers.
4) Agriculture and non-agriculture professionals conducting workshops promoting home, school
and community gardening efforts utilizing recommended practices. Increase in home, school,
and community gardens.
The PDP program coordinates collaboration among agricultural support agencies/NGOs in the delivery of educational programs by providing support in collaborative curriculum development, demonstrations, and workshop delivery. Subject matter and core issue topics identified in past sub regional conferences and refined though advisory meetings were addressed from the multiple perspectives of food security during this period. In particular we gave a focus on curriculum development to support the growth of subsistence farming on Guam and the regions’ islands. We promoted the growth of productive agro-forests or forest gardens adapting traditional farming systems of the islands with modern soil and water conservation practices as one of the more productive and sustainable systems for these limited resource subsistence farms. Key was utilizing a micro-plot approach to break these multi-year endeavors into task doable by limited resource family groups. The program, as always, facilitated multi-agency project planning among outreach professionals in their efforts to address the identified local and regional interest and needs.
During this period we adapted existing New Farmer Curriculum for use by Outreach/Education Professionals that do not have agricultural backgrounds and delivery to nontraditional clients. We trained professionals in use of this curriculum for use in home and subsistence gardener, and other contexts. The program attempted to integrate earlier developed curriculum into formats suitable for other audiences and developed new lecture materials for their use.
In our efforts to focus on using online technologies in the program development this period focused on building and operating a peer-to-peer communications network that trained WSARE liaisons with a focus on island sustainable agriculture issues. The state PDP program resources (and coordinators’ time) was use to support a Enhanced Coordinators grant for this purpose. Since February of 2018 bi-weekly (sometimes weekly) liaison Zoom conference calls were held to coach the participants through these tasks. Our island network is becoming comfortable with regular Zoom conferences and we look to expand the network members and broaden the Sustainable Ag online trainings.
Education & Outreach Initiatives
The Guam PDP program with support from a WSARE Professional Producer grant established an on campus micro plot agroforestry demonstration for use in trainings. Then use adapted Guam PDP New Farmer curriculum in workshops at this demonstration. Also the Guam PDP nursery was used to support the grants efforts to establish 4 farmer demonstrations.
The on campus demonstration is now in its 4th year and is used regularly for tours and workshops. The initial fenced micro plot has been expanded with an adjacent micro-plot as a result of workshop hands on activities and to give workshop/tour participants a view of the succession in multi-storied agroforestry establishment.
In the third year the micro-plot (2,000 sq ft) food forest harvested over 1,400 pounds of fruits and vegetables primarily from a few fast to fruit trees like breadfruit (1 year older than rest of plot), soursop, calamansi, and intermediate fruits like papaya and banana, perennial crops like lemon grass, malabar spinach, wing bean, morengia, tree spinach, and vegetables like chinese cabbage, eggplant, tomatoes, long beans, okra, herbs, and root crops (sweet potato and taro). This demonstration and its output is an inspiration to workshop participants.
Four variations of this demonstration have been establish on Guam farms under the supported “Seven Trees, Seven Practices” grant. Guam PDP program and the program developed curriculum has been a key input in the success of this grant.
Educational & Outreach Activities
As a core activity of the Guam PDP program we hold 2 or more WSARE grant writing workshops each year.
This year we also conducted intensive trainings (both online through zoom and on Guam during a 1 week conference) to a group of our College of Micronesian WSARE liaisons. From these efforts three grants were submitted 1 Guam Farmer Rancher, 1 regional Enhanced Coordinator, and one Pompeian professional producer. Two were funded. Several drafts were initiated across the islands that were not ready in time but efforts on will be continued.
A renewed WSARE Advisory Focus group on Guam was held with Ag professionals, farmers, food industry reps, and health and educational professionals. A new focus on island food security was identified for multi-agency collaboration where sustainable food production promotion (both subsistence and commercial) has a key role.
The Guam PDP implementation effort now in addition to its core PDP team is also supporting six agricultural professionals with the College of Micronesia in both the Federated States of Micronesia and Republic of the Marshall Islands. This effort is also expanding to provide some support to the Northern Marianas College’s WSARE effort as well in the coming year.
Face of SARE
A major activity of this period has been the preparation activities for the 2019 WSARE PDP meeting to be held on Guam.
This has included since August of 2018 promotion of WSARE PDP meeting among agriculture professionals on Guam.
Holding regular advisory and focus group meetings. These identified food security issues, promotion of value of subsistence agriculture system and food security. PDP coordinators also meet regularly with farmer groups for input.