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A six-week hands-on training course for individuals interested in getting started in agriculture by learning best management practices in farming planning, production, and risk management has been ongoing since October of this year. Bob Barber is with the University of Guam Cooperative Extensive Service, and told KUAM News, "We've embedded what is traditionally boring topics, so they can actually develop a farm plan."

Farms can fall under any of several categories, including subsistence farmer, market gardener, or full blown farmer.  According to barber, about 30 percent of the participants are veterans or family members of veterans.

"There are many benefits to engaging in agriculture. Not just the facts of food," he shared.

And while the class is open to everybody, he does encourage individuals who own Chamorro Land Trust land to look into it. "We're teaching you how to propagate your own plants, how to get your fruit trees started, then growing some of your own. It's amazing to see how fast you can grow your own," he said.

The second cycle of classes will begin in January. For more information, you can call 787-7391 or 735-2000/80 or e-mail uognewfarmer@gmail.com.

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