Welcome to the Local and Immigrant Farmer Education (LIFE) Website
The goal of the LIFE program is to: 1) increase the viability of local and immigrant-owned farms in Hawaii, 2) provide outreach, technical assistance, and language accessibility to promote the economic and environmental sustainability of businesses led by immigrant farmers, and 3) strengthen relationships, build trust, and provide individualized support to help Hawaii's diversified agriculture thrive.
LIFE’s model is a team-based and grassroots approach to providing extension education through collaborative partnerships with CTAHR programs (GoFarm Hawaii, Sustainable and Organic Agriculture Program, Food Systems Working Group, Basil Swat Team, etc.), statewide CTAHR Extension agents, agricultural agencies such as USDA (FSA, NRCS, etc.), Pacific Gateway Center, Oahu Agriculture and Conservation Association, Oahu RC&D, Hawaii Department of Agriculture, county agencies, Hawaii Farm Bureau, and other public and private organizations.
Our long term goal is to assist growers in becoming self directed, active information seekers and adopters of research based best practices for their farms and businesses. LIFE has a reputation for useful, quality recommendations and a proven ability to work respectfully and successfully with local and immigrant farmers. Partnerships enable LIFE to educate growers about a wide spectrum of priority agricultural topics while providing opportunities for growers to meet and take advantage of available government programs in a safe and conducive learning environment.