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Senator Rodriguez talks about merits of gardening

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Senator Dennis Rodriguez, Jr. is always available to share some insightful information about his reasons for gardening and why it's so important. For him, it initially started as a way to relieve stress.

"Just doing something outside the house with our two boys. So when I discovered that some seeds in a pot that I planted started to grow...I really got excited about that!" he recalled.

Senator Rodriguez said that is when he really started to get into more gardening, adding, "Having it very successful and sharing it with others now contributes to us living healthier."

Last weekend at the 7th Annual Donne Festival in Mangilao, Farm to Table Guam executive director Melanie Mendiola invited Senator Rodriguez to do a seedling planting demonstration.  Because it was the Donne Festival, in his demo he used donne pepper seedlings.

"We germinated some dirt and some donne today. We gave it out so We're hoping it grows and I told them they just have to give it tender loving care," he smiled.

Along with seedlings, the senator also offered some planting pointers, telling KUAM News, "I also shared with them that in the past when I hear that they talk to their plants. I thought that they were crazy, but it really helps!"

He hopes people will give gardening a shot so that they too may experience the wonderful feeling of satisfaction creating beauty where there was none before or a bounty of chemical free fruits and vegetables.  "I'm hoping they get excited about it and do their own garden because it's not just good for your health, it's good to bring your family together and it's really teaching us how to be sustainable," he said.

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