Aquaponics business, entrepreneurship and introduction to commercial aquaponics science courses begin January 17 at University of Hawaiʻi Maui College. The classes are designed for backyard, small-scale and commercial entrepreneurs ready to enhance their understanding learn more about the applications of business and aquaponic science side of growing food in a soilless aquatic environment with fish.
The courses aim to meet the needs of new aquaponics business owners who need training themselves to meet required industry aligned methods and food safety and sanitation requirements. Business topics will include business planning principles and, marketing, energy conservation of sustainable soil-less food production.
The hands on lab opportunity will be conducted in the brand the new commercial-scale aquaponics controlled environment greenhouse situated right on the Maui College Kahului campus. Classes will support new entrepreneurs the opportunity to increase their understanding of fundamental of fundamental concepts and applications in business start-ups and early-stage agribusiness to be applied in a real world environment.
The courses are being offered online for rural Maui and Neighbor Island students.
“Entrepreneurial thinking is being able to simplify complicated concepts, and create great experiences and opportunities for customers and the marketplace,” said Instructor Leo Kaniela Caires.
Registration is open UH Systemwide until January 13 and students may audit or sign up to earn credit toward an aquaponics technician certification. For students with day jobs, the course is offered online and in the evenings to include both weekly lectures and lab.
For more information, read the UH Maui College news release.