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Need Seeds?

Need Seeds? 10 April 2020

Need Seeds?

The UH Seed Laboratory can help jump-start your home garden

It’s not easy to find locally developed seeds that will grow into robust plants and perform well in Hawai‘i’s unique tropical conditions. Or vegetables that are resistant to local pests and plant diseases. Fortunately for professional growers and backyard enthusiasts, the UH Seed Laboratory has just the answer.

Keep Farm Animals Fed

Keep Farm Animals Fed 10 April 2020

Keep Farm Animals Fed

Survey will support Maui County farmers

Maui County is working on a grant to support farms with farm (not domestic) animals, to make sure they have the feed they need in case there’s an interruption in the supply chain, loss of revenue, etc. The grant application needs data regarding farmers’ monthly needs. Please forward this information to stakeholders and partners who may be in need of assistance.

Container Gardening in Small Spaces

Container Gardening in Small Spaces 9 April 2020

Container Gardening in Small Spaces

Don’t have a pot for planting? Buckets, plastic jars, and carryout food containers work, too!

With more than half-a-million housing units packed into our tiny state, containerized vegetable gardening is ideal for small spaces: apartments, condominiums, patios, as well as areas with poor soil conditions. With sufficient growing space, soil drainage and aeration, sunlight, adequate nutrients, and irrigation, you can grow vegetables quickly—right at home.

4-H: Focus on Health

4-H: Focus on Health 9 April 2020

4-H: Focus on Health

Club participants give back to the community by making masks

Community support from volunteer club leaders and engaged parents is key to the survival of our Hawai‘i 4-H program. In return, during the COVID-19 pandemic, East Hawai‘i 4-H members from the Super Stars 4-H Club and Hawai‘i Island 4-H Shooting Sports Club are making the best of shelter-in-place orders by sewing face masks for community members who need them.

Feeding Moloka‘i

Feeding Moloka‘i 9 April 2020

Feeding Moloka‘i

Extension agent helps keep the Friendly Isle fed now and into the future

Cooperative Extension is pursuing a variety of ways to help communities and stakeholders hit hard by the pandemic. On Moloka‘i, food security is paramount. The largest grocery story on the island is under a 14-day quarantine, and students who depended on free or reduced-price school lunches are struggling. But Extension agent Glenn Teves is hard at work on short- and long-term solutions.

Pigs and Papaya

Pigs and Papaya 8 April 2020

Pigs and Papaya

CTAHR Extension is helping two industries save each other

The pig farmers had no feed for their pigs. The papaya farmers had no market for their papayas. But CTAHR brought them together. Extension livestock agent Mike DuPonte, a member of the Hawaii Island Pork Association, is coordinating with Hawaii Papaya Industry Association president Eric Weinert to feed surplus papayas to the pigs.

Drones and Gripper Claws

Drones and Gripper Claws 8 April 2020

Drones and Gripper Claws

J.B. Friday is quoted in Hana Hou magazine

UH Hilo professor Ryan Perroy attached a special pruning saw and gripper claw to a drone to collect samples of ROD-infected ‘ōhi‘a lehua. He won a $70,000 prize for the “Kūkūau,” as he has named the device, in the ‘Ōhi‘a Challenge to develop an innovation to help stop ROD.

Preparing for Wildfire

Preparing for Wildfire 8 April 2020

Preparing for Wildfire

Join a national online conference on natural resource management

Join the third installment in a series of nine webinars of the Renewable Resources Extension Act, “Engaging Local Communities to Restore Fire-Adapted Ecosystems,” on Thursday, April 23, 7:00 a.m. Hawai‘i time (1:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Savings Time). It will discuss how to help forest and rangeland managers maintain ecologically resilient landscapes and fire-safe communities.

Selecting a Garden Site

Selecting a Garden Site 6 April 2020

Selecting a Garden Site

The rewards are definitely worth the effort

Hawai‘i has an array of soils and climates, with no one-size-fits-all answer for selecting a garden site. The first consideration is access to water, especially in a fairly dry area. The site should also be free from large rocks and tree stumps, with good sun exposure, not be shaded by large trees or structures. Read on for some more tips for giving your garden a good home!

Facilities Staff Needs Masks

Facilities Staff Needs Masks 4 April 2020

Facilities Staff Needs Masks

Help sew a mask to keep Facilities workers safe!

UH Mānoa Facilities is asking for donations of masks for its 300 employees, all of whom are still at work on campus keeping the buildings and grounds safe, sanitary, and operational. They include the janitors, the groundskeepers, the repair people, those who pick up the trash, all those who do the often-unnoticed but utterly crucial work that allows the rest of the University to do theirs.

Video in the Kitchen

Video in the Kitchen 3 April 2020

Video in the Kitchen

Hey, kids! 4-H announces a cooking contest

Hawai‘i 4-H is challenging all 12- to 18-year-olds in Hawai‘i to participate in a county-to-statewide cooking competition! Contestants will prepare their favorite dish in a 5- to 7-minute video highlighting a local commodity. They should demonstrate how to create a healthful recipe and include some kitchen and food safety tips. County winners will be selected to compete in a state competition.

Micro-Hydroponics in Your Apartment

Micro-Hydroponics in Your Apartment 2 April 2020

Micro-Hydroponics in Your Apartment

The first article in CTAHR’s “How to Start Your Own Home Garden” series

Did you ever want to grow your own food? Indoors and without soil? You can…with micro-hydroponics! Micro-hydroponics allows you to grow miniature vegetable plants hydroponically (without soil) in your house, apartment, garage, or lanai. Read on for more information in this guest post by Dr. Kent Kobayashi!

Resources for the Crisis

Resources for the Crisis 31 March 2020

Resources for the Crisis

CTAHR’s Emergency Response Extension page offers links and tips

If you haven’t checked out the COVID-19 Resources for Hawai‘i page at the CTAHR website, now’s the time to do it! You’ll find lots there that you can use yourself and even more that you can share with your stakeholders, from Food Safety and Sourcing to Mental Health and what to do At Home for the duration. And please contribute anything you have to add as well!

 

The Fruits of Their Labor

The Fruits of Their Labor 30 March 2020

The Fruits of Their Labor

Urban Garden Center volunteers harvest and donate fruit while staying safe

For years, a dedicated group of volunteers called the Fruit Hui has maintained the research orchard at CTAHR’s Urban Garden Center in Pearl City. Harvesting over 200 pounds of fresh tropical fruit a week, the volunteers donate all excess fruit to the Hawaii Foodbank. The group of certified Master Gardener volunteers plans to continue to harvest weekly now that access to fresh food has become even more critical during the COVID-19 crisis.

Emergency Response Webpage Is Being Created

Emergency Response Webpage Is Being Created 24 March 2020

Emergency Response Webpage Is Being Created

Contribute to it, use it, share it

Nancy Ooki, Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN) point of contact for the state of Hawai‘i, is creating a COVID-19 webpage for the Extension Emergency Response section of the CTAHR website. The goal is to add as many CTAHR- and UH-created resources as possible. Please submit resources to Nancy Ooki at ooki@hawaii.edu.

UH Extension Offices and Research Stations

UH Extension Offices and Research Stations 24 March 2020

UH Extension Offices and Research Stations

Closed to the Public, Open Virtually

CTAHR’s Cooperative Extension Offices and Research Stations across the state remain open—virtually. All sites are closed to the public, but you may continue your work with Extension agents contacting them via email or phone. Established CTAHR volunteers are permitted to continue their ongoing efforts at Extension facilities by working individually and practicing social distancing along CDC guidelines.

Big Island Extension and Research Stations Go to Remote Assistance

Big Island Extension and Research Stations Go to Remote Assistance 23 March 2020

Big Island Extension and Research Stations Go to Remote Assistance

In light of the COVID-19 epidemic, the Hawai‘i Island Cooperative Extension offices and research stations will be closed to the public, except for employees and current students, in the same way that the 10 UH campuses are. Stakeholders may continue to work with their Extension agents through email and telephone, and they can continue to access information via the CTAHR website, which will continue to be updated. 

ADSC Temporarily Curtails Services

ADSC Temporarily Curtails Services 23 March 2020

ADSC Temporarily Curtails Services

The Agricultural Diagnostic Service Center on UHM campus is temporarily unable to accept new samples, though offices will be open on Monday, March 23. This is due to ongoing needed repairs to the office that are more extensive than originally thought, rather than the COVID-19 epidemic, but the epidemic may end up affecting the construction work. Updates will be given as needed.

Safe Food Handling

Safe Food Handling 23 March 2020

Safe Food Handling

Handout is included with Hawai‘i Island’s emergency food box distribution

Retired faculty Julia Zee joined The Food Basket, Hawai‘i Island’s food bank, in distributing emergency food boxes island wide. She also printed 500 copies of a “Safe Food Handling” handout (atached) to include in each box. The farm food safety education team has also sent out information to farmers and agricultural stakeholders about farm food safety strategies and to support the continued supply of locally grown foods.

 

 

Documents to download

Extension Looking for a Leader

Extension Looking for a Leader 17 March 2020

Extension Looking for a Leader

Search is underway for an associate dean of Extension

The college is advertising for an associate dean for Cooperative Extension. The successful candidate will provide leadership and establish goals for a relevant and effective agricultural and human resources Cooperative Extension program. 

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They Love ‘Ōhi‘a Love

Tourism award recognizes NREM efforts to combat Rapid ‘Ōhi‘a Death.

They Love ‘Ōhi‘a Love

The Hawai‘i Tourism Authority presented educational specialist Corie Yanger (NREM), William Stormont (DLNR/DOFAW), and William Buckley (Big Island Invasive Species Committee) with the 2019 Tourism Legacy Award, Ho‘ohanohano Ho‘oilina Ho‘okipa, for their hard work and accomplishments in protecting Hawaii’s ‘ōhi‘a forests from Rapid ‘Ōhi‘a Death at the HTA Legacy Luncheon in Waikoloa in November. HTA recognized that the ‘ōhi‘a tree and its lehua flower are emblematic of Hawai‘i Island and is the most important tree of our native forests and unique ecosystems. 

Corie, who has been with CTAHR since 2016, manages the Hawai‘i Island Rapid ‘Ōhi‘a Death Extension program. While Bill Stormont and Bill Buckley manage on the ground monitoring and responses to new detections of the disease on state and private lands, Corie works to educate landowners, local communities, and visitors as to what they can do to prevent the spread of the disease and protect their forests. 

The highlight of her program is the annual ‘Ōhi‘a Love Fest in Hilo, which draws over a thousand participants each year to learn about ‘ōhi‘a, our native forests, and the threats they face. She also helped lead a statewide bio-sanitation training program for tour operators where businesses learned about how they can help to prevent the spread of Rapid ‘Ōhi‘a Death and other invasive diseases and pests. 

The three awardees were presented lei hulu (feather lei) made by Greg Hirata. The orange and red lei represent the sunrise glow through the ‘ōhi‘a trees and a ray of hope as we save our forests. Left to right are pictured Kalani Ka‘anā‘anā, Chris Tatum, William Buckley, Corie Yanger, William Stormont, Sen. Lorraine Inouye, and Rep. Richard Onishi. Photo courtesy of the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority and Kirk Lee Aeder Photography. 

Find out more about Rapid ‘Ōhi‘a Death here