About us

WHO WE ARE

Farm to Table-Guam Corporation is a non-profit organization committed to supporting local farmers and contributing to the well-being of our community.

OUR MISSION

Our mission is for every kitchen, cabinet and pantry to contain products made on Guam from crops grown on Guam.

OUR TEAM


Melanie Mendiola

Project Director

Melanie Mendiola, a Guam native, was practically born into the local food scene. Her grandfather opened one of Guam’s oldest restaurants – Kinney’s Café – in the 1947 which survived into this decade. Her sister owned and operated a food store called Taro Hut, popular pit stop for college students from 2001-2008. As a result, she spent time as a server, delivery person, and general gopher during her high school and college summers.

She graduated in 2003 from New York University with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and East Asian Studies and went on to work for in financial services – beginning as a corporate banking analyst at HSBC Bank in New York and most recently as a Retirement Planning Counselor for the Government of Guam – prior to joining Farm to Table Guam. She did a stint at an Americorps Vista volunteer for Pa’a Taotao Tano in 2009, a role that convinced her that she would one day return to non-profits, particularly in strengthening native communities.

Her volunteer activities include being President of the Board of Directors of the Guam Girl Scouts and the Immediate Past Chair of the Guam Young Professionals (Chamber of Commerce subcommittee). She obtained her MBA at the University of Guam in 2012 and is a doctoral student at Kansas State University.

Email Melanie at melanie@farmtotableguam.org

Cassie Brady

Project Administrative Assistant

Originally a native of Indiana, Cassie grew up in Arizona and attended the University of Arizona and the Art Institute of Tucson. After moving to Southern California, Cassie was a dedicated Wedding and Event Coordinator. Upon moving to Guam in 2012, she developed an interest in Chamorro culture, particularly in agriculture. She believes it is important to help the community become aware of the significance of supporting and buying local. With her event planning experience, she is determined to contribute in promoting a more sustainable, healthy lifestyle for all Guamanians and getting the community more involved.

Email Cassie at cassie@farmtotableguam.org

Thalia Gange

Fiscal Officer

Thalia is an Oregon state native who has made Guam her home for the past 20 years. She manages the financial aspects of the non-profit organization and its programs, with a specialty in budgeting, and assisting the project director of the government grant programs.

Thalia has also assisted in the construction, writing, and administration of grant projects, in cooperation with the key partners in the organization and community. “I have made strong use of my flair for written and verbal communication, and have brought my history of volunteerism and community sharing and support ‘to the table,'” says Thalia.

Her background in HR, employer’s issues, bookkeeping, tax, and accounting related issues as well as extensive budget planning related to past experiences with contracting and tourism, have been a perfect fit for this position.

Email Thalia at thalia@farmtotableguam.org

Lindsay Williams

CSA Farm Manager

Lindsay Williams worked for five years on an organic farm in eastern Washington state. She grew up in Washington, Idaho, Montana, Colorado and Texas and holds a degree in English/creative writing from Eastern Washington University. She and her husband and two daughters moved to Guam to be close to relatives, and are enjoying learning and exploring the island of Guåhan.

Email Lindsay at lindsay@farmtotableguam.org.

Jessica Peterson

Community Awareness & Support Officer

Jessica is known on Guam as the creator of the island’s premier source of travel and entertainment news, TheGuamGuide.com. She is a TV personality, writer, photographer, and web designer. An avid traveler with 17 years of experience in marketing and design, Jessica enjoys exposing visitors (and locals) to the island’s unique food, culture, and history. Jessica has always been a proud supporter of Guam’s buy local movement, now all the more so as she helps promote the island’s agriculture industry.

Email Jessica at jessica@farmtotableguam.org

TESTIMONIALS

  • Farm to Table has helped in allowing me to have an opportunity to use quality produce. They’re growing produce that doesn’t particularly grow locally and are using organic farming practices. I’m able to shoot over ideas in what I want to try and grow and they are very accommodating in trying to fullfill my requests.

    Lingo Quichocho
    Lingo Quichocho
    Chef & Owner of Kitchen Lingo
  • Farm to Table helped me put my vision down on paper, including writing a business plan so I could get a loan. As a result, I was able to open my business and hire from within the community. Farm to Table continues to help me connect with local fishermen and farmers.

    Mark Duenas
    Mark Duenas
    Chef & Owner of 9th Street Rotary

OUR LOCATION

Our new office is located at 118 Chalan Duenas Yigo, GU 96929.