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February 2017
Free

Farm Financial Recordkeeping and Crop Insurance Workshops
(Kailua-Kona, Hawai‘i Island)

February 1 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Hawai‘i Community College at Pālamanui,
73-1025 Kaiminani Dr
Kailua-Kona, HI 96740 United States
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February 1, 2017—Attend this FREE training session and discover the basics of QuickBooks, an accounting and bookkeeping computer program that helps businesses track income and expenses, create invoices and statements, and produce financial statements. The workshops will help farmers and food producers decide if the software is right for them, and also provide an overview of federal crop insurance programs. Registration is free at koha.la/farmfinance but space is limited. For more information  contact Hanna Bree at hbree@kohalacenter.org or 808-887-6411. View/download the flyer

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Free

KWP Volunteer Day: Koai‘a Corridor
(Waimea, Hawai‘i Island)

February 3 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
The Kohala Center,
65-1291A Kawaihae Rd
Kamuela, HI 96743 United States
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February 3, 2017—Join us on an expedition into the Koai‘a Corridor to plant native trees and shrubs such as koai‘a, wiliwili, and ‘ākia. Outplanting provides volunteers of all ages and abilities with an enjoyable combination of work and play, breathtaking scenery, and time with old and new friends. At the end of the day you’ll be able to step back and actually see the positive results of your efforts!

Meet at The Kohala Center’s offices at 8 a.m. and bring along a water bottle, sack lunch, and snacks. Boots or sturdy shoes are required and rain gear is highly recommended. Be prepared for any kind of weather: hot or cold, sunny or cloudy, windy or calm, wet or dry...knowing Kohala, probably all of the above! We provide tools, gloves, and cold drinking water. We’ll work, hike, explore, picnic, and then work a bit more, returning to Waimea by 3 p.m.

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Free

GoFarm’s AgXposure
(Honoka‘a, Hawai‘i Island)

February 4 @ 8:30 am - 2:00 pm
The Kohala Center’s Demonstration Farm,
45-434 Lehua St
Honokaa, HI 96727 United States
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February 4, 2017—GoFarm Hawai‘i is accepting applications for AgXposure. which aims to provide aspiring farmers with experiences that convey the lifestyle and knowledge areas important to farming. If you’re interested in GoFarm’s upcoming four-month AgSchool, participation in AgXposure is required. AgXposure runs Saturdays in February (beginning February 4) from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Kohala Center’s Demonstration Farm in Honoka‘a. Up to 20 applicants will be selected. No cost to attend. Deadline to apply is January 29. Contact TKC@gofarmhawaii.org for more information.

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$250

Beginning Farmer-Rancher Development Program
(Honoka‘a, Hawai‘i Island)

February 4 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
North Hawai‘i Education & Research Center,
45-539 Plumeria St
Honoka‘a, HI 96727 United States
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February 4, 2017—The Kohala Center created the Beginning Farmer-Rancher Development Program in 2012 with  funding from the United States Department of Agriculture and the County of Hawai‘i Department of Research & Development. Through partnerships with several local government agencies and academic institutions, the program has recruited, trained, and supported more than 100 new farmers in the Hāmākua region of Hawai‘i Island to date. The next cohort of the Beginning Farmer-Training Program  begins February 4, 2017. Visit our Farmer Training Programs page for more details and to apply.

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Free

KWP Volunteer Day: Ginger control at Pu‘u Pili
(Waimea, Hawai‘i Island)

February 17 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
The Kohala Center,
65-1291A Kawaihae Rd
Kamuela, HI 96743 United States
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February 17, 2017—Become a “Ginja Ninja” for a day! Help established native trees survive and thrive by clearing invasive ginger from the forest understory. Meet at The Kohala Center’s offices at 8 a.m. and bring along a water bottle, sack lunch, and snacks. Boots or sturdy shoes are required and rain gear is highly recommended. Be prepared for any kind of weather: hot or cold, sunny or cloudy, windy or calm, wet or dry...knowing Kohala, probably all of the above! We provide tools, gloves, and cold drinking water. We’ll work, hike, explore, picnic, and then work a bit more, returning to Waimea by 3 p.m.

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Free

How Does Your Garden Grow? Best Food Safety Practices for School Gardens
(Hilo, Hawai‘i Island)

February 18 @ 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
Ha‘aheo Elementary School,
121 Haaheo Rd
Hilo, HI 96720 United States
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February 18, 2017—Learn how your school can follow best practices for a safe and fun garden experience for everyone. Hear from experts on current policies and regulations for school gardens, best practices and safety procedures for harvesting and consumption of student-grown produce, and integrated pest management for slugs and snails.

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$40 - $90

2017 Nāhelehele Dryland Forest Symposium
(Kailua-Kona, Hawai‘i Island)

February 24 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Courtyard King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel,
75-5660 Palani Rd
Kailua-Kona, HI 96740 United States
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February 24, 2017—The 2016 Nāhelehele Dryland Forest Symposium will highlight dryland forest ecology and restoration efforts in Hawai‘i. The symposium will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, February 24, at the Courtyard King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel in Kailua-Kona.

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Free

How Does Your Garden Grow? Best Food Safety Practices for School Gardens
(Hōlualoa, Hawai‘i Island)

February 25 @ 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
Hōlualoa Elementary School,
76-5957 Mamalahoa Hwy
Holualoa, HI 96725 United States
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February 25, 2017—Learn how your school can follow best practices for a safe and fun garden experience for everyone. Hear from experts on current policies and regulations for school gardens, best practices and safety procedures for harvesting and consumption of student-grown produce, and integrated pest management for slugs and snails.

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March 2017
$50

‘ĀINA in Schools Curriculum Training for Educators
(Waimea, Hawai‘i Island)

March 11 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Kanu o ka ‘Āina Learning ‘Ohana,
64-1043 Hi‘iaka St
Waimea, HI 96743 United States
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March 11, 2017—Kōkua Hawaiʻi Foundation will be on Hawaiʻi Island to deliver an engaging ʻĀINA In Schools Training, covering standards-based garden curricula that are written for Grades K, 1, 4, and 5. The training will also cover the ʻĀINA In Schools Nutrition Education Curriculum, which includes standards-based nutrition lessons written for grades 2 and 6. All garden and nutrition units can be adapted for use with other grades. The training will also include an overview of the ʻĀINA In Schools Composting Curriculum written for Grade 3 and Kōkua Hawaiʻi Foundation’s many helpful resources for educators. Kōkua Hawaiʻi Foundation is currently working with the DOE to offer one (1) PDE credit at no additional cost, more details to come.

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Free

Cover Crop Lecture and Field Day
(Honoka‘a, Hawai‘i Island)

March 18 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
North Hawai‘i Education & Research Center,
45-539 Plumeria St
Honoka‘a, HI 96727 United States
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March 18, 2017—The Cover Crop Field Day will include a discussion on common cover crops in Hawai‘i, soil health benefits associated with cover crop use, and cover crops and insect management.

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