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UHMC Offers Innovative Approach to Training in Agriculture

September 5, 2013
Maui Weekly

This fall, students enrolled in the Agriculture and Natural Resources Associate Degree Program will sit side-by-side with community members interested in acquiring knowledge and skills to pursue jobs in farming on Maui.

The University of Hawai'i Maui College (UHMC) Agriculture and Natural Resources Department has partnered with the Maui College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR) and the state Department of Labor C3T grant program to offer a guest lecture series for credit and non-credit students alike.

"This partnership serves everyone," said Ann Emmsley of the UHMC Agriculture and Natural Resources Department. "Our students hear from these experienced farm lecturers, the non-credit folks gain skills and see what the credit experience feels like--maybe they want to give it a try--and these agricultural organizations get to work together to promote farming on Maui."

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The lineup of lecturers includes Gerry Ross of Kupa'a Farm in Kula, an award-winning coffee grower and successful organic farmer, who will offer two workshops covering crop rotation, mineralization and soil conservation for healthy soils and nutritious food on two Mondays, Sept. 9 and 16, from 9 to 11:45 a.m.

Ted Radovich, a specialist from UH Manoa's Sustainable and Organic Farming Systems Laboratory, will offer one two-part, all-day workshop in composting and worm composting, and soil building through cover cropping on Friday, Sept. 13, from 9 a.m. to noon 12 and 1 to 4 p.m.

Lynn Nakamura-Tengen, a food safety specialist at Maui CTAHR, will offer the basics of food safety on the farm on two Thursdays, Sept. 5 and 12, from 9 to 10:45 a.m.

The C3T grant makes the non-credit cost of these trainings very reasonable.

Each session offers a training completion certificate, which motivated jobseekers can use to provide proof of knowledge and skills to prospective employers. Non-credit attendees will be asked to complete a form for this grant.

Call 984-3420 to register. Enrollment is limited.



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