A Report on Farmers & the Value Added Agriculture Market Funded by ANA Grant # 90NA8220-01-00 (2012)
Survey developed in conjunction with Farm to Table Guam, the Department of Agriculture, and community of farmers.
- 1 year
- 31 farmers (30% of farmer population per the Agricultural Census)
- Northern, central, and southern Guam
- Countless hours spent planning, data gathering, compiling, and presenting information.
A look at Guam’s farmers…
- 28 of 31 farmers interviewed were Chamorro
- 53 years old was the average age of local farmers
- 68% of farmers were 3rd or 4th generation farmers
- 74% of farmers reported having to obtain income elsewhere to sustain their families
- 25% of farmers would farm full time if they made between $20k-$40k per year
- 32% of farmers would farm full time if they made between $40k-$60k per year
Sold vs. Unsold in Pounds
There is enough unsold produce on Guam to make:
- 3,400 jars of tomato sauce (1 quart)
- Over 40,000 banana smoothies (1 banana each)
- 2,000 jars of mango chutney (1/2 pints)
- Over 50,000 jars of squash baby food (4 oz each)
Where are they selling their produce?
Room for a Value Added Agriculture Market
- Farmers prefer to farm
- 50 tons of produce goes unsold each year
- Our island imports 95% of its food sources from off-island