Tomorrow’s Growers

A $2 million gift will help develop local farmers, food supply

  • 3 February 2021
  • Author: Mark Berthold
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Tomorrow’s Growers

Success breeds success, after all.

GoFarm Hawaiʻi, the popular and highly effective CTAHR program, has received a pledge for $2 million from the cooperative American AgCredit. The funds will enable the beginning-farmer development training series to reach more Hawaiʻi residents who are interested in learning how to farm, as well as help increase our community’s access to local food.

“We are extremely grateful for American AgCredit and CoBank’s support of our practical training program built around the real-world needs of tomorrow’s farmers,” says Janel Yamamoto, GoFarm Hawaiʻi director. “With their support, and the support of other key partners, we can help experienced farmers looking to expand and needing assistance to develop a business plan or proposal, as well as people new to agriculture, wanting to learn the basics of farming.”

Nicholas Comerford, CTAHR Dean, adds, “Hawaiʻi imports about 85–90% of its food, making it particularly vulnerable to disruptions in food supply. Our GoFarm Hawaiʻi program addresses this by providing farmers with the tools they need to be successful, and expanding our local food supply — a necessity for our entire community.”

Read the UH News story.

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