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Ag teacher workshop looks at ecoliteracy, science (Oct. 16)


All Hawaii Island high school agriculture teachers are invited to a free workshop, “Building the Future of Agriculture: Ecoliteracy and Agriculture Science for High School Students on Hawaii Island,” from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16, at the University of Hawaii at Hilo farm.

To register, e-mail Althea Magno, Keaau High School agriculture teacher and FFA president, at by Friday, Oct. 1.

The workshop is sponsored by the University of Hawaii at Hilo College of Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resource Management (UH Hilo CAFNRM) and The Kohala Center’s Hawaii Island School Garden Network.

The morning session will begin with a discussion of the needs, challenges, and new opportunities of agriculture programs. Magno will work with participants to prioritize needs and create an action plan for beginning to work together this year.

William Steiner, UH Hilo CAFNRM dean, will discuss possible collaboration on funding/grants/projects.

The afternoon session includes a tour of the UH Hilo farm with Dr. Norman Arancon, assistant professor of horticulture at UH Hilo CAFNRM, and a discussion of cover crops. Arancon will also give a hands-on demonstration of vermicomposting techniques for soil building.

The workshop includes a discussion of the farm’s student projects. The group will caravan to the Kaiao Community Garden for additional observation and hands-on work.

Barbecue and locally grown lunch will be provided.

For additional information, contact Nancy Redfeather, Hawaii Island School Garden Network program director, or 322-2801.

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