Educational Programming and Community Outreach
Over the past ten years, we have provided our community with educational programming which includes farm field trips, in-school workshops, infield farmer training, and community events. We have added to our offerings over the past two years by developing a High School Agricultural Mentorship and Internship program, a one-year post-secondary Farm Apprenticeship program, and are actively supporting ‘Aina Pono in creating a successful Farm to School Pilot (F2S) and Garden to Cafeteria Program Pilot (G2C) at the Kohala Complex in Hawaii.
Our small yet diversified 26 acre property features a farm of combined market gardening, permaculture systems, orchards and tropical agroforestry serves as our classroom for our educational programming and an avenue to supply F2S in Kohala with fresh fruits and vegetables. As we build capacity to meet the needs of production for F2S, we are working to develop a local distribution network of local farms to aggregate local produce to supply F2S in Kohala and beyond. We currently have farmers who have joined and we are consistently networking within the community to find additional farms willing to participate. In 2019 HIP Ag provided 4,500 lbs. of fresh produce to the Kohala DOE Complex and 22,000 lbs. to the Kohala community.