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4H Club and NMC-CREES extend appreciation to Governor Torres’ summer partnership (Aug 11, 2016)

(Office of the Governor) — In recognition of Gov. Ralph D.L.G. Torres’ collaboration with the 4H Club and Northern Marianas College-CREES Camp Magalahi Summer Camp Program, 4H President Robert Suzuki presented two certificates of appreciation on Capital Hill for the camp’s utilization and organization of the Carolinian Affairs grounds and the agricultural tours of Governor Torres’ family farm.

Suzuki shared that the 4H club has been under his lead for the last six years in an effort to advance youth development, health and wellness, environmental conservation, agriculture and leadership.

This year, Governor Torres welcomed the students of Camp Magalahi to his family farm to learn about the importance of agriculture and sustenance.

Governor Torres along with the Department of Agriculture gave the first tour of his family farm to over 50 students from the USDA’s Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program.

“Farming is part of our culture and there’s much to learn from consuming the livestock we raise and the produce we plant. Today, we have rows of watermelon, yam, taro, tapioca, coconuts, banana trees, flowers, tomatoes and a piggery,” he stated.

During the tours, Vic Guerrero of CNMI Forestry shared many interesting facts with the students such as the history of Leucaena leucocephala or tangantangan, and the importance of oxygen for plant roots and the use of certain plants for erosion control.

Carolinian Affairs Office Executive Assistant John Tagabuel stated that fishing, weaving and the art of celestial navigation are integral to youth development and cultural preservation. Students had a chance to learn basic celestial navigation from Master Navigator John Lalogo, weaving, coconut husking and grinding, among other activities.

In previous years, the Department of Community and Cultural Affairs Division of Youth Affairs collaborated in these efforts to enhance youth development in the Commonwealth.

Acting Gov. Victor B. Hocog also expressed his appreciation to the Marianas High School students who served as camp counselors for the past eight weeks.

“Thank you for giving back to our students and helping them hone their leadership skills. I am always inspired to see the youth help our youth and their peers within the community,” Hocog said.

He added that he hopes to see this program developed and extended to the islands of Tinian and Rota.

Acting Governor Hocog noted that Fiscal Affairs Chairman and Health & Welfare Committee member Sen. Jude Hofschneider, who was present during the presentation, would like to collaborate and see the program grow stronger in the coming years.

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