Two programs set to train new Hawaii Island farmers

January 6, 2017 (West Hawaii Today)—New and aspiring farmers and ranchers on Hawaii Island can choose from two comprehensive courses launched by The Kohala Center in early 2017. In addition to the Beginning Farmer-Rancher Development Program, which has graduated more than 120 students since 2013, The Center will host the state’s largest farmer training program — GoFarm Hawaii — for the first time on the island.
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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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English professor receives national honor for first book from the Modern Language Association

December 13, 2016 (University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa)—The University of Hawaii at Manoa’s kuʻualoha hoʻomanawanui, associate professor and director of undergraduate studies in English, was recently awarded Honorable Mention for the Modern Language Association prize for Studies in Native American Literatures, Cultures and Languages for her first book, Voices of Fire: Reweaving the Literary Lei of Pele and Hiʻiaka (University of Minnesota Press).
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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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Exploring the island’s native plants

September 16, 2016 (West Hawaii Today)—The Kohala Center’s weeklong Ke Kumu Aina program, held during fall intersession, offers middle school students opportunities to learn about the Big Island’s native plants. From 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 10-13, participants will engage in scientific field research, learn to identify native plants and understand the environments in which they grow at Kohala Watershed.
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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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