Maui’s agricultural future is now.
Maui, HI.: The Hawaii Farmers Union United is excited to announce new leadership for the Farm Apprentice Mentoring program, or FAM, with the dynamic team of Sara Gilligan, who is now Education, Outreach and FAM Program Director, and Makenna Anderson, the FAM Project Coordinator.
Sara comes to Maui through family connections and brings over 20 years of farming experience to her new role. She has grown a plethora of plants – from grapes and native plants, to lavender and medicinal herbs, vegetables and many other plants you can think of. She has a BA in Ecological Agriculture from the New College of Culture, Ecology and Sustainable Communities that was based in the Santa Rosa area of California.
Makenna grew up in Maui and has returned after completing her Business Administration studies in Oregon. The FAM program is looking forward to putting her knowledge in marketing, online media content development and hospitality and the service industry to work in support of expanding our farming community.
Ever wanted to be a farmer? Do you already work in agriculture but want to increase your skillset and your career prospects? Does serving your community top your priority list?
If so, FAM may be for you. Now in its sixth year, the Farm Apprentice Mentoring program is the flagship initiative of the Hawaii Farmers Union designed to train aspiring farmers and/or further refine the skillsets of those already working in agriculture toward a successful farm enterprise.
The Hawaii Farmers Union recognizes that the COVID pandemic has focused unprecedented and much needed attention on issues of food security, production methods and community access to wholesome, locally produced food. Like other communities and organizations across the globe, the Hawaii Farmers Union and the FAM program have mobilized resources to ensure a viable and productive future for Maui.
FAM participants engage in a 7 month, 10-module learning cohort with a curriculum designed by and for farmers and educators. During each module apprentices also engage in on-farm demonstrations of selected topics. Additionally, apprentices have the opportunity to delve deeper into a topic with a paid “immersion component” on working farms. Upon completion of the program, FAM graduates receive a Certification of Professional Development from the University of Hawaii-Maui College’s Office of Continuing Education and Training.
Want to be a part of the change? Applications are being accepted now at hfuu.org.
Contact: Sara Gilligan, Education, Outreach and FAM Program Director, FAM@hfuf.org