Bernadette’s Taro Patch

Bernadette remembers holding onto her grandmother’s grass skirt as she led her through their family’s taro patch on the Micronesian island of Yap. Her grandma, mom and aunties taught her how to cut the taro, clean it and plant the young ones. “Always plant the young ones.” Now, at 65, Bernadette is concerned that the next generation is not learning the traditional agricultural practices that had fed her ancestors and is a cornerstone of their food security.

A Film Truth Productions film by Ken Wentworth for The Nature Conservancy in partnership with the Tamil Resources Conservation Trust, Yap Community Action Program and the Micronesia Conservation Trust. Funding was provided based on a decision of the German Bundestag.