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Farmers workshop on Wednesday at NMTI

THE Saipan Leafy Greens Project will hold a workshop for local farmers on Wednesday at the Northern Marianas Trades Institute.

This will be the group’s last workshop since the project was launched in July last year, project operations manager Elicia Santo Tomas said.

In an email interview, Santo Tomas said project consultant Melanie Mendiola will make three presentations on the “best practices in Saipan leafy green growing, advanced pricing and profitability, and resources to support your growth.”

The workshop will start at 9:30 a.m. and end with the awarding of the certificates of completion at 12 noon.

Santo Tomas said the project is made possible by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Business Development Grant, the P.D. Hemlani Foundation, the Farm to Table Guam Corp., and the Northern Marianas Trade Institute.

The project was designed to help new and existing farmers start and/or grow their farm business through the production and selling of leafy green vegetables, Santo Tomas said.

She said they have recruited 11 farmer participants, all of whom were provided with elevated wooden growing tables and initial supplies to get started.

Aside from managing and conducting workshops, Santo Tomas said she and Mendiola also monitor the farmers’ progress as well as provide technical assistance.

“We will be collecting feedback from the farmers for our final report,” she told Variety.

This year, the organization has no other projects lined up for local farmers, but Santo Tomas said “it is on our agenda to collaborate with farmers to see what their other needs are so we can design another program.”

For more information, call Elicia Santo Tomas at 671-647-0389.