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4-H for Hawai‘i

4-H for Hawai‘i 8 June 2017

4-H for Hawai‘i

It's not just livestock

Beyond livestock, 4-H promotes youth well-being, leadership skills, community engagement, and STEM activities, says state coordinator Jeff Goodwin.

The Bee’s Knees

The Bee’s Knees 7 June 2017

The Bee’s Knees

Plant and Environmental Protection Sciences’s Scott Nikaido explains the importance of pollinators to Hawai‘i crops and how people can support pollinator health by using fewer insecticides and more pollinator-friendly plants.

Prepared Youth

Prepared Youth 17 May 2017

Prepared Youth

Hawai‘i is the second state that trained adults to instruct kids in a youth preparedness national pilot project. 3 4-H agents were certified through the Hawai‘i Youth Preparedness Initiative.

A Web Winner

A Web Winner 11 May 2017

A Web Winner

Hawai‘i Association of County Agricultural Agents nominated Andrea Kawabata for their national organization’s Communications Award for her coffee berry borer beetle website.

GoFarm Grows

4 May 2017

GoFarm Grows

The GoFarm Hawai‘i beginning farmer training program received new grants from the Hawai‘i Department of Agriculture, Hawai‘i Department of Labor and Industrial Relations, and Kamehameha Schools.

Prevent the Parasite

4 May 2017

Prevent the Parasite

With new cases of rat lungworm reported in the Islands, Extension Agent Jari Sugano was featured on Hawaii News Now offering some tips on reducing the risk of the disease.

Gut Feeling

Gut Feeling 4 May 2017

Gut Feeling

GoFarm and Ag Incubator alumnus and entrepreneur Rob Barreca and graduate student Surely Wallace promoted fermented foods in a recent Honolulu Star-Advertiser article.

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4 May 2020

Circle of Giving

Hand sanitizer donation supports fruit donation

Circle of Giving

The Department of Molecular Biosciences and Bioengineering’s Fermentation Biochemistry class, and their mock company 3Rewery, have donated more than 6 liters of hand sanitizer to the volunteers at the Urban Garden Center.

Four liters went to the UGC’s Fruit Hui, a dedicated group of six volunteers who continue to meet every week, always keeping proper social distancing, to maintain the tropical fruit orchard and harvest fruit—which is entirely donated to the Hawaii Foodbank. The volunteers typically harvest 200+ pounds of fruit per week, including breadfruit, papaya, and citrus.

Having a ready supply of hand sanitizer is critical while the volunteers harvest, wash, pack, store, and deliver the fruits. With sanitizer so scarce and expensive in stores, the donation was a huge help to support CTAHR volunteers and their efforts to deliver healthy food to those in need.

Longtime volunteer Susie Ota, leader of the Fruit Hui, says, “We were so happy and grateful to receive the sanitizer—thank you!”

Junior Extension agent Kalani Matsumura is also harvesting lemongrass from the Urban Garden Center’s volunteer-maintained herb garden to add a pleasant scent to future batches of hand sanitizer by 3Rewery.