The Kohala Center’s Beginning Farmer-Rancher Development Program is dedicated to training new farming families on Hawai‘i Island and inspiring island youth to consider careers in agriculture.
Our intensive nine-month educational program provides 188 hours of classroom training, workshops, on-farm instruction, field trips, and online materials. Classroom instruction and workshops occur at rotating sites around the island, including the North Hawai‘i Education and Research Center in Hāmākua, Kohala Village Hub in Kohala, Yano Hall in Kona, and the Ka‘ū Community Center. University of Hawai‛i researchers, extension agents, and other agricultural experts will cover subjects such as soil fertility management, plant nutrition, livestock production, food safety, composting and cover cropping, business planning and financing, marketing of agricultural products, and much more.
Classes will start on February 4, 2017 and meet every other Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Honoka‘a at the North Hawai‘i Education and Research Center and other locations as announced.
On-farm instruction, mentorship, and field trips will take place at TKC’s demonstration farms in Hāmākua and North Kohala, two partner sites in Kailua-Kona and Ka‘ū, and a variety of farms, ranches, and processing facilities. A final component of our program consists of distance learning, including videos and reading materials, and a student-select assignment. Upon successful completion of the program our staff can assist you in applying for farm leases and capital to successfully produce, market, and distribute your crops.