The University of Hawaiʻi’s successful farmer-training program GoFarm Hawai‘i, has received $600,000 from the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program.
The additional funding will allow GoFarm Hawai‘i to continue training aspiring farmers to increase local agricultural production.
GoFarm Hawai‘i has five program sites across four islands, making it one of the largest beginning-farmer training programs in the nation. Sites are located on Hawai‘i Island, Maui, O‘ahu (in Waimāanalo and Waialua) and Kaua‘i.
Started in 2012, the program has trained more than 260 aspiring farmers throughout the state.
“We are grateful for this funding and look forward to training and supporting those who want to farm in Hawai‘i,” said Janel Yamamoto, GoFarm Hawai‘i program director. “In addition to growing thousands of pounds of food for the local market, our graduates are creating great value-added products, developing cooperative ways to market and distribute food, educating our island keiki about the importance of the local food supply and being leaders and active participants in the agricultural community.”
GoFarm Hawai‘i is a collaborative effort involving University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa’s College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, Windward Community College and UH’s Agribusiness Incubator Program.