Groundwork to Grow Training

Intermediate | Comprehensive 4-week training program for military veterans and community members interested in farming and ranching on Hawaiʻi Island. Scholarships available!

🌱 About this Program

Groundwork to Grow is a collection of four-week exposure-based trainings on various agribusiness topics. The program was created to support military veterans and community members interested in farming and ranching on Hawaiʻi Island by providing exposure, skill-based training, and a professional network aimed to help them succeed in agricultural careers. Our ideal participant is someone who already has introductory experience with farming and who is looking to dive deeper and become more invested.

🚨 Past participation in one of our Intro to Grow one-day workshops is highly suggested (but not required) before registering for this program.

🎓 Scholarships are available for military veterans and other eligible participants. Those who are interested or who would like additional information can click the button below to fill out our inquiry form or email us at

Workshops will cover agriculture topics relevant to Hawaiʻi and the Pacific Region, including:

  • Value-Added Production (February 2022)
  • Bees & Apiary (April & October 2022)
  • Greenhouse (August 2022)
  • Livestock (Coming in 2023)
  • Orchard & Agroforestry (Coming in 2023)

Each 4-week workshop consists of:

  • 4 Virtual Classroom sessions
    • Tuesdays from 5:30-7:00pm
  • 4 Field Days at local operational farms and businesses
    • Saturdays from 8:30am-11:30am

Groundwork to Grow trainings are limited to about 6-8 participants per cohort, so space is limited. We will close registration when capacity is met. If registration has already closed in the section below, please let us know your are interested by filling out our contact form and we will contact you when registration opens again.

🗓 Important Dates

Our apologies! We have reached our enrollment limit for January’s Intro to Grow Workshop as well as our Groundwork to Grow program for February 2022. We will post additional upcoming workshops and training dates soon, so stay tuned! Please complete our contact form and let us know you are interested in attending our next Intro to Grow or Groundwork to Grow and we will reach out to you when enrollment opens again! Mahalo!

📍 Location

If not shown, address will be provided to participants upon registration.

⚠️ Safety Info

All in-person programs are conducted in accordance with federal, state, and local safety guidelines. Program participants and visitors are required to:

  • Complete a liability waiver.
  • Wear closed-toed shoes and bring sun protection.
  • Bring a mask and wear it while in enclosed spaces.
  • Observe social distancing whenever possible.

🙏🏽 Mahalo!

Funding for this program is made possible by USDA/NIFA 7 U.S.C. 3319, Section 7405 of P.L. 107-171, as amended., Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Development Program.