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Ilagan hosts ag talk story in Pahoa (March 22)


Bring your ideas, concerns and questions for a talk story session with agriculture and industry experts at 5:30 p.m. Friday, March 22 at the Pahoa Community Center.

“Food is a basic necessity that many struggle to obtain. Cultivating sustainable farming and encouraging agricultural development is necessary for our community, our island, to not only survive, but to thrive,” District 4 Council Member Greggor Ilagan said.

The community discussion will include individuals from the Hawaii Papaya Association and the University of Hawaii at Hilo’s Agriculture programs.

“We need to get boots on the ground to help people with all aspects of gardening and agriculture,” said Bruce Mathews, PhD, Interim Dean of UH-Hilo’s College of Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resource Management (CAFNRM).

An overview of the UH Hilo Agriculture programs, workshops, education and possibly grant funds will be discussed.

“We want to get to know your [Puna’s] concerns and needs, and offer our assistance to farmers in vital agriculture sectors,” Mathews said.

A sign-up sheet for future vermicomposting workshops given by horticulturist, Dr. Norman Arancon, will also be available at the talk-story session.

For those interested in learning more about composting with the power of earthworms, e-mail Dr. Arancon at

“Everyone is invited. Whether you’re a home gardener, local business, farm expert or beginner, get your ideas and concerns heard,” Ilagan said.

For further information regarding, contact Ilagan at 965- 2712 or

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