EDUCATION

Following the mission of Hawai'i Farmers Union United, regional and statewide education workshops, courses, webinars and opportunities to learn more about the various forms of regenerative agriculture are listed here.

Regenerative Business Development
**Webinar** Series, Aug. 9th - Oct. 25th, 2017

This is a terrific opportunity for HFUU members to learn from HFUU senior business consultant and longtime HFUU supporter, David Fisher, of Maui Venture Consulting. David has 27 years of experience in Hawaii helping small businesses. The class is an upgrade of a successful series taught at the Maui SBDC (Small Business Development Center) integrating triple bottom line concepts, social impact investing, new technology and "lean/agile" methods with a focus on the evolving realities of artisan and health based food and energy systems.

Support Provided by Kamehameha Schools and Maui County makes this invaluable course free to HFUU members.

Detailed information and registration, coming soon.

Farm Apprentice Mentoring (FAM) Program

Initiated by the Haleakala Chapter the 2017 FAM Program recently graduated 14 farmers. Equipped with over 250 hours of course work and on farm demonstrations in regenerative agricultural practices,  FAM had 10 farm mentors, who along with course instructors helped to create a 10 module integrated farm experience that included:

  • Farm mapping, Hawaiian perspectives on land management
  • Whole systems and permaculture design
  • Soil health and fertilization including Korean Natural Farming
  • Weed management
  • Integrated Pest Management
  • Food Safety
  • Harvest/Post Harvest
  • Introduction to crop and business planning

Eighty per cent of the apprentices earned Certificates of Professional Development from UH-Maui College’s Office Continuing Education and Training/Sustainable Living Institute of Maui (SLIM) Program.  The rest get a chance to make up missed classes and assessments. Read more on the hfuuhi.org blog.