Center offers hands-on training in agriculture for novice farmers

January 5, 2017 (Honolulu Star-Advertiser)—The Kohala Center now offers two programs for aspiring farmers and ranchers on Hawaii island: the Beginning Farmer-Rancher Development Program and GoFarm Hawaii.

The Kohala Center, a community research and education organization, said in a news release its Beginning Farmer-Rancher Development Program has graduated over 120 students since 2013.
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Farm to School initiative pilot project develops recipes with more fresh food

December 23, 2016 (West Hawaii Today)—The Lieutenant Governor’s pilot project for the Farm to School Initiative is well underway in the Hawaii State Department of Education’s (HIDOE) Kohala Complex. Chef Greg Christian, president and founder of Beyond Green Sustainable Food Partners, has been selected to work with Cafeteria Manager Priscilla Galan and her staff to bring local, fresh scratch-cooked food to students.
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UC researcher Clare Gupta on re-localizing food on Hawai‘i

October 4, 2016 (UC Food Observer)—Clare Gupta is a recent addition to the University of California academic ranks. She works as an assistant public policy specialist for the University of California. UC specialists like Clare hold dual appointments with a campus (in her case, UC Davis, where she’s on the faculty in the Department of Human Ecology) and UC’s Agriculture and Natural Resources Division Cooperative Extension Service.
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Food sustainability: It’s what’s for dinner

September 6, 2016 (West Hawaii Today)—How to increase food security and support local food production in Hawaii is a topic that’s on nearly everyone’s plate these days. In a state that can grow 365 days a year with favorable weather, water and soil, Hawaii grows only about 10 percent of what its residents and visitors eat. And an estimated 85 percent of all the food available in Hawaii’s supermarkets and restaurants at any given time is imported from 2,300 miles away or more.
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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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Isle public schools enticed to “buy fresh, buy local”

May 2, 2016 (Honolulu Star-Advertiser)—Darren Strand, president of Maui Gold Pineapple Co., sells fresh and frozen pineapple to customers as far away as Japan, but getting Hawaii’s emblematic fruit into local public school cafeterias is a tougher order.

“It’s really frustrating to see how much pineapple they eat in the schools and none of it’s from Hawaii,” said Strand, whose company has 1,000 acres in cultivation. “So we’d like to fix that.”
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