Students in the AgPro phase at Waimanalo displayed their plots and talked about their approaches, challenges, and learning, with GoFarm Hawaii staff and experts scoring them in various categories. It was neat to have Leeward and Windward AgSchool students also attend so they get a good idea of what the next phase may hold for them, and see how far the AgPro participants have come, having been in their shoes only half a year or so ago.
TEDx Honolulu volunteers and friends came out to our Waimanalo farm to learn and experience what we do. Thank for the help folks! More at http://tedxhonolulu.org/mahalo-gofarm-hawaii-for-an-excellent-x-adventure/
Last night we had Earl Kashiwagi from Esakiʻs produce, the main food distributor on Kaua'i island, come to talk story. Earl has a wealth of knowledge of the Kauaʻi market , Hawaiʻi at large, and what it takes to export from the islands. His charm, character, humor and plethora of knowledge attracted several of our previous students to join our current cohort to hear him speak. As one of the form GoFarm Hawai'i @ Kaua'i students said, "Earl has so much to offer that I had to hear him speak again." It was a great and informative evening.
Aloha shirts are not proper farming attire, but when you work full time and have to squeeze in farming time on weekends and after hours, you're liable to show up at the farm like this. Young Soo and Andy are GoFarm Hawaii AgPro graduates making a go of it in our AgIncubator phase.
Then you might be a farmer! Fresh till at Windward CC location. Also, pics if Windward's Cohort 6 getting ready to transplant.
From Eric Hansen, Farm Coach/Coordinator @ Kaua`i
Here are recent photos of farm activities. I went up on a ladder to fix something on one of the sheds and looking down I said "this place is naniloa!" It inspired me so much I had to take a birds eye view photo. Then I just wanted to take some more photos to share with you.
Here's photos of a mushroom cultivation workshop we recent held on Kauaʻi for the class. Students learned about growing 'shrooms , the business of selling them, the ecological importance of them, and got to practice cultivating them. Students took home their very own mushroom growing starter kit.
Big Mahalo to 20+ year veteran mycologist Tammy Davis, who we were fortunate enough to get to lead this hands-on workshop.
This cooperative of beginning farmers formed to share resources (labor, costs, marketing channels) for the benefit of all its members. Appropriately named, they also enjoy each others' company! We're tickled that they had the initiative and vision to work together for their mutual success, and proud that over half of their members are GoFarm Hawai'i graduates!
Checkout www.friendswithfarms.com and www.instagram.com/friendswithfarms/
The GoFarm Hawai'i team..