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Hands-On Landscaping and Farming Courses Offered at UHMC

October 3, 2013
Maui Weekly

The University of Hawai'i Maui College (UHMC) will offer skills-focused training classes in landscaping and farming to promote best practices beginning on Tuesday, Oct. 15.

Jobseekers, experienced landscapers and farmers looking to enhance their skills will find these affordable trainings will enhance their appeal to potential employers and their success in their chosen fields.

For both experienced and aspiring farmers, instructor Steve Russo, an environmental health specialist from the state Department of Agriculture, will provide critical training in organic and conventional pesticide safe practices under Hawai'i law, including farm worker protection standards, label interpretation and pest control in a half-day course on Oct. 15, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (some of this training is required by state law).

"The Pruning for Ornamentals and Fruit Trees workshop presents a simple, easy-to-follow recipe--the ABC's--for making good cuts that promote plant health, to make plants thrive," said Jeannie Pezzoli, former Maui Outdoor Circle president and Maui County Arborist Committee member.

Featuring a hands-on lab, the half-day class on Saturday, Oct. 19, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. will provide a handbook for all who work with tropical ornamental and fruit trees.

Anne Gachuhi, a horticulturalist and educator, will offer an in-depth "Landscape Maintenance" class in four sessions starting in November. This practical course trains landscapers, garden maintenance crews, greens personnel, parks and recreation staff, and homeowners in design principles, pruning, lawn care, irrigation, soil, pest and weed control.

Xeriscaping, a method of landscape design that minimizes water use, will be taught by Cynthia Nazario-Leary, director of New Farmers Network on Nov. 1 from 10 a.m. to noon.

"Students will learn the basic principles of xeriscape, and how to incorporate native and nonnative plants into landscape design," said Nazario-Leary.

The college is able to offer affordable pricing for these trainings through support from the C3T Department of Labor grant to UHMC. Discounts may be offered for enrolling in multiple classes. A training completion certificate is offered with every class. Attendees will be asked to complete a form for this grant.

Call 984-3241 to enroll. Enrollment is limited.



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