The primary goal of this Ku I Ka Mana New Farmer Training Initiative is to increase local food production on Hawaii Island by training, mentoring, and supporting beginning farmers as they start and sustain agricultural ventures.
"This program expands farmer training opportunities at the CASFS Apprenticeship on the UCSC Farm; revises widely-used production and marketing training manuals for national dissemination as free online resources and at-cost print resources; and expands existing and creating new mentoring and peer-to-peer support opportunities via workshops, fie
"International Rescue Committee (IRC) San Diego' Refugee Entrepreneurial Agriculture Program (REAP) assists new American refugee farmers in becoming future leaders of a sustainable, urban and ethnically-oriented agricultural sector.
"The UC Small Farm Program, working with county-based UC Cooperative Extension farm advisors, provides resources for agritourism operators and hosts California's statewide directory of agritourism operations.
"This program for beginning ranchers combines traditional classroom based education with hands-on applied learning in an outdoor classroom and a mentorship program with successful, established ranchers.