Food Sustainability Focus

July 1, 2016 (West Hawaii Today)—As part of a three-day conference on the Kohala Coast this week, dozens of statewide representatives and Big Island partners gathered to brainstorm on local food production and how this key component of The Aloha+ Challenge can best be implemented statewide over the next 14 years.
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Keiki get jump on rat lungworm education

May 23, 2016 (Hawaii Tribune Herald)—Gardens are a rich resource for classrooms, giving kids hands-on experience with the concepts they learn about in school. But in East Hawaii, school gardens are like any backyard garden: they’re a place where slugs and snails make their homes, and where there are snails and slugs, there’s a potential for rat lungworm disease.
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Young farmer inspires teens through ag internship

March 25, 2014 (West Hawaii Today)—As a boy, Max Bowman didn’t have a burning desire to become a farmer. After graduating from Honokaa High School in 2004, Bowman attended the University of Redlands in California, where he earned an English degree. He discovered a passion for agriculture during his senior year there, after taking some classes and reading some books on the subject.
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Big Island Green

December 25, 2013 (Big Island Weekly)—If your goal in 2014 is to join the many knowledgeable farmers on the Big Island helping to increase our self-sufficiency, you’re in luck. A new Farmer Training Program on the Big Island, Ku I Ka Mana (KIKM), was hatched in 2012 thanks to funding from the USDA and matching monies from the County of Hawaii. Now, two 16-week cohorts are “in the books” with about 25 families having participated. To get in the field, apply for the third session by January 10 – it is slated to kick off Friday evening, January 31, in Honoka‘a.
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New Farmers Cropping Up in Hawaii County

July 11, 2013 (Hawaii Public Radio)—There’s been lots of discussion throughout the state about the need to have more farmers and to have more of our food grown right here at home. On Hawaii Island, there’s a program to develop new farmers—and they’re looking for candidates. HPR’s Sherry Bracken has the story.
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