August 25–27, 2017—Big Island ‘Ohana Fest is a drug/alcohol free, family-friendly 3-day music festival focusing on local musicians, small local businesses, education, and family. Big Island ‘Ohana Fest is proudly being presented by KWXX. Aside from having 28 different acts on the main stage, there will be a plethora of food and craft vendors, an area dedicated to educational entities and social services, a secondary stage with cultural and educational speakers/activities, and an area dedicated to childrens games and activities. A portion of ticket sales will be donated to the Kohala Center and PARENTS, Inc.
August 21, 23, 25, and 28, 2017—This QuickBooks Desktop Workshop is designed for commercial farmers who want to increase their accounting skills by using QuickBooks Desktop software for farm financial recordkeeping. To be eligible for this workshop, attendees must already use QuickBooks and have some accounting experience. During this four-day, in-lab session, instructor Gail Oberg, CPA, will cover chart of accounts set-up, cash receipts and accounts receivable, cash disbursements and accounts payable, Hawai‘i excise tax reporting, and customizing invoices for your farm.
August 13, 2017—In this free workshop led by Kyle Studer, participants will learn about different composting methods, layering greens and browns, what makes a healthy composting system, and help build a compost pile. Hands-on activities and educational materials will support participants in starting their own composting systems. The workshop will take place from 3 to 4 p.m. and be followed by talk story and a potluck. Pre-registration is not required; call Raina Whiting at 808-721-6977 for more information.
August 3, 2017—This training will provide an overview of federally subsidized crop insurance offerings available to Hawai‘i agricultural producers. All agricultural industry personnel who wish to learn more about crop insurance are encouraged to attend. Topics to be covered include crop insurance programs available, eligibility, deadlines, coverage levels, subsidies, and next steps for purchasing crop insurance.
July 30, 2017—In this free workshop led by Greg Smith, participants will take home various seedlings/starters for their home production systems. Greg will model bed prep and seedling transplanting into beds. Participants will start their own seedlings in peat pot trays and take home a sampling of planted seeds of their choice and cuttings from the farm. The workshop will take place from 3 to 4 p.m. and be followed by talk story and a potluck. Pre-registration is not required; call Raina Whiting at 808-721-6977 for more information.
July 22, 2017—Learn how to write a business plan for a farm operation including production planning, marketing and farm financial statements, part 2. Taught by Diana Duff, Business Specialist, Farm Works.
June 24, 2017—An introduction to cooperatives and financing your farm operation, including Farm Service Agency loan program opportunities. Taught by Hanna Bree, Rural Business Development Specialist, The Kohala Center; Teresa Young, Rural Cooperative Business Development Specialist, The Kohala Center; and Linda Kow, Assistant Manager of Farm Loan Programs, Farm Service Agency.
June 19–30, 2017—Hey high school students and recent grads! Want to learn how to grow your own food, take field trips to Hawai‘i Island farms and ranches, experience traditional Hawaiian land management systems—and earn a scholarship for it? Apply for our one- and two-week Sustainable Agriculture programs, in which the ‘āina is your classroom!
June 17, 2017—The Hawai‘i Island New Farmer Expo will bring together emerging and experienced farmers with non-profit, private, and government resource organizations. The Expo will provide participants with an understanding of the challenges and prospects of establishing a viable farm business on Hawai‘i Island, including a pragmatic, step-by-step overview on how to get started.
June 10, 2017—Learn all about food safety regulations, fair trade, how to become an organic certified farm and all requirements to certify like record-keeping. Taught by Maile Woodhall, Agricultural Outreach Specialist, The Kohala Center.