Do you think you might have it within you to do the hard work and learn the various aspects of farming? To meet the inevitable challenges with creativity and determination? Commit to Hawaii’s premier beginning farmer training program with the goal of becoming a successful farmer? If so, then we’re ready to help you!
Growing Veterans combines GoFarm Hawaiʻi’s advanced agricultural training for commercial production with Hoʻōla Farms essential health and human services to support veterans in their entrepreneurial ventures and personal lives.
GoFarm Hawaiʻi Growing Veterans AgXcel program is delivered over seven months, including an orientation phase (1 month) and intensive agricultural training phase (6 months). The format consists of classroom-style lectures (in-person and online), hands-on practical work days at the training farm, and field trips to operational farms.
Students complete theory and practical coursework related to the fundamentals of crop farming (i.e: soil fertility, irrigation, seeds, crop planning, food safety, nutrient management, taxonomy, plant anatomy, and pest management). Classroom sessions are supplemented by hands-on farm work and field demonstrations of techniques by instructors. Participants transition to applying knowledge and skills learned by growing produce for a CSA (community-based supported agriculture) program organized by GoFarm Hawaii. Participants are actively farming during this phase while also gaining technical skills related to business planning and management, marketing, product development, and portfolio development.
After graduation, participants can apply for business incubation support, and utilize shared land and resources provided by GFH to operate a commercial agribusiness. To support veterans in business incubator or operating independent businesses, GFH AgBusiness Services will provide business consulting and development technical assistance, including planning and analysis of financial and operational performance, processes and procedures, business and marketing plan development and execution, strategic planning and project management services to achieve client goals, and building an ongoing relationship that fosters continual improvement of operations.
Are you a Veteran? | Hoʻōla Farms is providing scholarships for eligible veterans for the next GoFarm Hawaiʻi Island AgXcel cohort (valued over $500).