College offers innovative approach to agriculture training

A series of farming lectures at the University of Hawaii Maui College Agriculture Department is continuing, with guest speakers covering topics including soil conservation, composting and food safety.

Credit and noncredit students can register for the sessions, which are being partially funded by a Department of Labor Career and Technical Training grant program. The University of Hawaii Maui College Agriculture Department is partnering with Maui College of Tropical Agriculture to offer the lectures.

The lineup of lecturers is as follows:

* Gerry Ross, of Kupa’a Farm in Kula, an award-winning coffee grower and organic farmer, will offer two workshops covering crop rotation, mineralization and soil conservation for healthy soils and nutritious food from 9 to 11:45 a.m. Monday and Sept. 16.

* Ted Radovich, a specialist from UH Manoa’s Sustainable and Organic Farming Systems Laboratory, will offer a two-part, all-day workshop in composting and worm composting, and soil building through cover cropping from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Friday.

* Lynn Nakamura-Tengan, food safety specialist at Maui CTAHR, will offer the basics of food safety on the farm from 9 to 10:45 a.m. Thursday. The first part of this two-session workshop took place Sept 5.

Each session offers its own certificate, which shows completion of the training.

Noncredit attendees will be asked to complete a form for this grant.

The cost of each session is about $25. Those interested in attending can call 984-3420 to register. Enrollment is limited.