U.S. Representative Tulsi Gabbard spent time at the CTAHR Waimanalo station learning about the stuff UH is doing on the station, including GoFarm Hawai'i. She spent a good amount of time talking to participants from our AgPro and AgIncubator phases. Tulsi had also visited our Kaua'i site a couple years back and so we're counting her as a supporter of local ag and beginning farmers! Thanks, Tulsi for your interest in what we're doing at GoFarm Hawai'i.
As in "get together for some serious discussion and planning" not Retreat as in "run away from battle." In fact we did the opposite or running away by bringing staff from all islands and had two full days of discussion, commiseration, introspection, and planning. Mahalo to Eric Kapono of Advancement Services (and Kamehameha Schools who contracted him) for facilitating some deep thinking about our mission and Logic Model. Mahalo to Juicy Brew, a committed buyer of local produce (including lots from GoFarm Hawai'i graduates) for providing the 'ono bentos.
GoFarm Hawai'i continues to work hard to make an ever-greater impact on creating new farmers for Hawai'i!
A group of incubatees put on an on-farm dinner as practice and appreciation for the staff and CTAHR supporters.So many courses of delicious food created using meat and veggies from GoFarm Hawaii graduates, I lost count. Our bellies were full and we appreciated the food, hospitality, and camaraderie on a beautiful evening on the farm. GoFarm Hawaii staff from all islands were in attendance as this dinner capped the first day of our annual planning retreat. Mahalo to all involved!
Practice CSA harvest today. Next week North Shore AgSchool cohort 5 begins their 3week CSA and they are more than prepared! See the sweet three-line wash station in use, allowing multiple students to wash their produce. Washing for market presentation and food safety.
AgXposure cohort 8 worked with AgIncubator mentors all morning while coach Jay and AgPro cohort 7 learned about and performed needed BCS maintenance. AgXposure then got a chance for a tour and group work projects with coach Jay.
AgSchool is in full swing at our North Shore site and students are two weeks away from harvesting for their first CSA deliveries. Checkout the sweet setup that Coach Daniel and students have put together!
Windward's AgPro Cohort 7 presented their plots and talked about their trials and tribulations, successes and challenges, and how they marketed their produce. In addition to the formal evaluators who were scoring the Windward AgPro students, AgSchool students from the North Shore program were in the audience to learn what to expect if they move on to the AgPro phase.Congrats to the AgPro students for all their hard work thus far!
So much going on: Four of our five locations have active cohorts underway so lots of activity, AND I'm happy to announce that we were showered with financial support this month too--receiving grants from the Hawaii Department of Agriculture, Hawaii Department of Labor and Industrial Relations, and Kamehameha Schools totaling $377,680!
SO appreciative that these organizations support the creation of new farmers for Hawai`i.
The GoFarm Hawai'i team..