Organizations sought to create community gardens


The Let’s Move Marianas alliance and the Department of Public Health have launched a project to establish community gardens in the CNMI.

According to Let’s Move Marianas chair and DPH-NCD Bureau’s diabetes project assistant Amber Mendiola, the project is part of the awareness month for diabetes and lung cancer.

Six locations will be identified for the community gardens. Two that are already established are the Kagman Health Community Center and Koblerville Youth Center.

Mendiola is urging community organizations in the CNMI to participate.

“We want community organizations to get involved with the community gardens,” she said.

The community gardens will be a place where participating organizations will be able to plant and grow their own cucumber, lettuce, potatoes, mulberry bushes, atis, pumpkin, and watermelons, to name a few.

“We will be having trainings on the 21st and the 28th for individuals who want to be part of the community gardens,” Mendiola said.

Victor Cabrera, a gardener, will be conducting the training focusing on home gardening as well as utilizing recyclable materials for the gardens.

Mendiola said they can accommodate up to 40 individuals during the training.

Those who want to take part in the project may contact Mendiola at

Frauleine S. Villanueva-Dizon | Reporter
Frauleine Michelle S. Villanueva was a broadcast news producer in the Philippines before moving to the CNMI to pursue becoming a print journalist. She is interested in weather and environmental reporting but is an all-around writer. She graduated cum laude from the University of Santo Tomas with a degree in Journalism and was a sportswriter in the student publication.

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