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A Hui of O`ahu Farms 5 April 2022

A Hui of O`ahu Farms

New PAID internship starts this summer

Ho`okua`aina, Kako`o `oiwi, Kualoa Farms, Kuilima Farms, The Banana Source (The Big Tree Farm), and MA`O Organic Farms have pooled their collective strength to offer a unique Farm Expansion Experience opportunity for an enterprising student. The FE`E internship is a 12-week, full-time, paid, on-farm, in-community, production-based, climate-smart regenerative agriculture experience. It is open to junior/senior undergrads through grad students, as well as those recently matriculated.

The internship provides space for the intern to have an intensive hands-on experience that could lead to full-time employment in Hawaiʻi’s local food system. The lucky student will work with each farm toward scale production of potentially hundreds of thousands of pounds of new local food.

“Students don’t necessarily have to be on a mahi`ai career path, but have a deep interest in, and a commitment to, sustainable community food systems, says Gary Maunakea-Forth of MA`O Organic Farms.

For questions, contact Matt Lau matt@maoorganicfarms.org. The internship is made possible by a USDA NRCS grant.

NREM Fellowship 5 April 2022

NREM Fellowship

Generous stipend will enable undergrads to restore what makes Hawaiʻi special

Attention students: If you have a passion and interest in learning about and managing ecologically and culturally significant ahupuaʻa in Hawaiʻi, Travis Idol in the Dept. of Natural Resources and Environmental Management has an opportunity for you. NREM is offering a Research and Extension Experience for Undergraduates in Biocultural Restoration and Management on Oʻahu. The year-long fellowship opportunities are for UH undergraduates. Fellows will work with a team of UH faculty, resource professionals, stewardship organizations, and community members to do hands-on work in the field, carry out priority research projects, and give back to the community and the ʻaina. The fellowship comes with a $5,000 stipend from REEU, $1,000 in project supplies and $500 in travel expenses.

“Student, come learn, engage, and contribute to the sustainability of Hawaiʻi’s environment, the health of local communities, and the enrichment of Hawaiian culture,” says Travis. “You will conduct research with UH faculty, get real-world experience in sustainable agricultural production and natural resource conservation, and network with professionals and community members dedicated to restoring what makes Hawaiʻi special.”

Read more about the NREM fellowship.

Aquaculture Development 5 April 2022

Aquaculture Development

CTSA’s latest newsletter focuses on funding priorities

Dr. Cheng-Sheng Lee, Executive Director of the Center for Tropical and Subtropical Aquaculture, is preparing to leave for San Diego and WAS Aquaculture 2022, to be held in-person this year. In the meantime, he encourage us to “please start thinking about regional funding priorities for the next development cycle.” CTSA will release an official request for FY22 funding priorities input next month.

Banquet is ON! 16 March 2022

Banquet is ON!

Save the Date for Friday, May 6, at the Ala Moana Hotel

No need watch college basketball to understand just how much the pandemic restrictions are being lifted across the nation, especially for large gatherings. With luck, this trend will carry on thru the end of semester and beyond. Thus, the 2022 CTAHR ʻOhana Banquet will proceed as planned!

Invasives With a Positive Impact? 16 March 2022

Invasives With a Positive Impact?

Joey Ooka’s PhD Defense will cover the impact of leaf litter on crop growth

My name is Joey Ooka and I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Dept. of Molecular Biosciences and Bioengineering, working in the lab of Daniel Owens. On April 14, I’m hosting a virtual Ph.D Dissertation Defense to discuss my project “The Utilization of Natural Products for Agricultural Benefit.” Please join me!

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