The newest tenants of the GoFarm Hawai`i AgIncubator plots at CTAHR's Waimanalo Ag Research Station are busy prepping their plots now that their cover crop has had some time to do its thing. A couple months ago they were GoFarm Hawaii "students," and now as they are "farmers!"
We brought UH Foundation and Kamehameha Schools to visit GoFarm Hawai`i @ Leeward. Also, Steven went to Washington D.C. for a meeting and saw some cool things that reminded him of home.
Speaking of Organic Seeds in New York
Farm coach Jay Bost and banana expert Gabe Sachter-Smith (both CTAHR TPSS graduate students) presented at the Student Organic Seed Symposium this August in Ithaca, New York. There they shared experiences in applying their work towards moving agriculture in the direction of increased sustainability and regionalism. Jay was also one of the event organizers. The theme for this year’s symposium was “Regional Adaptation for Sustainable Food and Seed Systems,” and the event assembled a diverse interdisciplinary group of speakers and graduate students, with a focus on plant breeding and related disciplines.
Crops are in full swing with lots of harvesting and post-harvest processing to do!
The Doc Buyers Fund at Hawai`i Community Foundation is supporting GoFarm Hawai`i @ Kaua`i to the tune of $25k with their donation to UH Foundation on our behalf. For those that don't know, Doc Buyers was the CEO of C. Brewer company. Much Mahalo!
Cross fingers and toes, it looks like GoFarm Hawai`i @ Windward, @ Leeward, and @ Kaua`i will be able to offer another year of programs. The Windward AgCurious seminar (which kicks off the next round of classes) has already been announced, and look for the Leeward and Kaua`i announcements in the future.
The GoFarm Hawai'i team..