students working in organic garden
UH West Oʻahu organic garden.

The University of Hawaiʻi–West Oʻahu will host the opening day of the Hawaiʻi Farmers Union United 2017 State Convention, providing the campus an opportunity to showcase its new Sustainable Community Food Systems program and facilities. The convention is scheduled for October 6—8.

The convention is expected to draw farmers and others interested in regenerative agriculture, or farming practices that focus on improving soil health, cropping systems resilience and sustainability. The Hawaiʻi Farmers Union United operates with the belief that an increasing number of small to mid-sized diversified family farms implementing regenerative farming techniques will help build a more resilient and economically vibrant agricultural system able to meet the food productions goals of the state of Hawaiʻi.

Albie Miles, UH West Oʻahu assistant professor of sustainable community food systems, is scheduled to give a talk entitled “Agroecology and Sustainable Community Food Systems.” Miles and UH West Oʻahu staff will lead tours and discussions of the new bachelor of applied science in sustainable community food systems, the campus’s student organic garden and the long-term vision for education, youth leadership training, research and community engagement.

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—By Greg Wiles