Congratulations to the AgPro participants of GoFarm Hawai`i's Leeward/North Shore program. They persevered and impressed the GoFarm Hawai`i staff and the many visitors from the Windward program with their plots and presentations. As part of the AgPro phase of GoFarm Hawai`i, each student must show off their plots, present about their learning experiences and marketing efforts, and answer questions from the Evaluators who score the students in all these areas. Luckily, the students did a great job, it was a beautiful day (a rare thing recently), and delicious food was shared by all!
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GoFarm Hawaii does not receive financial support from UH and relies on the generosity of our other supporters to develop new farmers for Hawaii. The folks that participate in our program make tremendous sacrifices (learning and tending their plots up to 30 hours per week in addition to full time jobs) in their quest to become viable farmers to grow food for Hawaii. The vast majority of our students are driven by their desire to make a positive difference, not make a ton of money.
You can help support the future of agriculture in Hawaii by supporting the continuing efforts of GoFarm Hawaii to help the rare and inspirational folks who are actually willing to do something about our lack of farmers!
Windward's Cohort 6 AgPro students showed off their fields and were judged on many factors including marketing, how they addressed challenges, and personal accountability. In attendance were AgPro students from North Shore, Windward Cohort 7 AgSchool, and AgIncubator farmers at Waimanalo, plus GoFarm Hawaii coaches and leadership. Great job everyone!
We recently had Ashly Trask, nursery manager for National Tropical Botanical Gardens, teach a fruit and nut production workshop. Students were so pumped that they performed airlayers and grafts into the late hours... Check out the hardcore dedicated farmer action using flashlights.
GoFarm Hawai‘i is expanding to Hawai‘i island, thanks to funding from Kamehameha Schools and Ulupono Initiative, and a partnership with The Kohala Center. With this addition, GoFarm Hawai‘i will have five program sites across four islands, making it one of the largest beginning farmer training programs in the nation.
“We are so excited to offer our training to aspiring farmers with GoFarm Hawai‘i @ The Kohala Center,” said Steven Chiang, Director of GoFarm Hawai‘i. “The Kohala Center is a fantastic partner with many programs that support farmers. With this partnership we can leverage our combined resources and know-how to have even more impact on creating farmers for Hawai‘i, addressing a critical need for our state and Governor Ige’s stated goal of doubling our agricultural production by 2020. We are so grateful to Kamehameha Schools and Ulupono Initiative for supporting our vision of creating more farmers for Hawai‘i.”
“We are pleased to support GoFarm Hawai‘i in its mission to recruit and educate new farmers,” said Kyle Datta, General Partner of Ulupono Initiative, an impact investment firm that supports sustainability in Hawai‘i, including increasing local food production. “With the average age of Hawai‘i farmers being over 60 years old, it’s critical to find the next generation of farmers who will keep our agricultural industry thriving. The work GoFarm Hawai‘i is doing is playing a big part in finding those future farmers.”
The annual Project Director's meeting for beginning farmer projects funded by USDA's BFRDP grant met in Saint Paul, Minnesota this year. Lots of sharing and learning. Lots of pics of our tour to Minnesota Food Association incubator farm.
I don't know how many articles GoFarm Hawaii graduate Rob Barreca has been in, but here's another one from Honolulu Magazine. Thanks as always for the shout-out Rob!
The GoFarm Hawai'i team..