USDA aims to improve food and nutrition education for low-income communities

November 1, 2017 (National Institute of Food and Agriculture)—The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced support to develop local and self-reliant food systems, such as farm to table enterprises, which bring nutritious food to low-income communities. This funding is available through NIFA’s Community Food Projects Competitive Grant Program, authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill.
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Program Seeks Aspiring Big Island Farmers

August 16, 2017 (Big Island Now)—The Kohala Center will once again serve as the host site for the second Hawai‘i Island cohort of the state’s largest farmer training program.

GoFarm Hawai‘i @ The Kohala Center will offer students classroom instruction, tours of local farms, and hands-on experience in small-scale farming with support from UH College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources.

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Co-op launches effort to make Big Island pork industry viable

May 23, 2017 (Hawaii Tribune-Herald)—Atto Assi’s piggery in Mountain View is home to more than two dozen sows and one boar. This is a standard size for a small commercial operation in Hawaii. And if all goes well in the coming months, the model Assi uses for his farm — Korean natural farming — is about to become the standard for the Big Island’s next big meat market: local pork.
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New school lunch program emphasizes fresh local fare made from scratch

April 18, 2017 (Honolulu Star-Advertiser)—WAIMEA, Hawaii island >> A group of cafeteria workers in white hairnets listened as chef Greg Christian demonstrated the importance of properly preparing ingredients before starting to cook. Prep work is vital to an organized kitchen that cooks from scratch, he said as he sliced a large carrot in the Kohala Elementary School kitchen. Items should be ready to go into the pan when the cook starts the stove, then served fresh. He calls the approach “just-in-time cooking.”
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