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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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30 April 2020

Eating Local: How and How Much?

Honolulu Magazine consults CTAHR on a critical issue

Eating Local: How and How Much?

Any answer to the question “Can We Ever Eat All Local in Hawai‘i?,” the subject of a recent Honolulu Magazine article, depends significantly on CTAHR’s work in education, research, and community outreach. So it’s fitting that the article features several members of the CTAHR ‘ohana, including ag economist and assistant Extension agent Sarah Rehkamp, MS alumnus Gabe Sachter-Smith, and GoFarm Hawai‘i graduate Rob Barreca.

When asked about Gov. Ige’s often-touted goal of doubling local food production by 2020, Sarah wondered how that could be done, and why it should be. “What would the food system impacts be? How can we support our local producers and, at the same time, meet consumer demand? Based on my training in economic theory, it makes sense to specialize in areas where you have a comparative advantage and trade for efficiency in resources.” In other words, don’t necessarily try to produce everything. Rather, produce what you’re good at, and use it to trade for what others can produce well.

Rob is focused on refining the delivery system through the online food hub FarmLink Hawai‘i so that more local people can get access to more local food products, quickly and easily. He also owns a farm, Counter Culture, that grows and markets everything from bananas for the local vegan frozen treat Banán to corn and edible hibiscus. Gabe, a banana expert and Tropical Plant and Soil Sciences graduate who is pictured in the article harvesting papaya, is part of Counter Culture as well.

The article’s main takeaway is that while eating 100-percent local may be neither feasible or desirable, there’s a lot of room for improvement, and plenty of motivated farmers, distributors, and buyers ready to make those improvements. And there’s no doubt CTAHR will continue to contribute to that.