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Farm-to-School Coordinator for Molokai Sought

CTAHR News Release

Through a partnership between the University of Hawaii College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR) and the Hawaii State Department of Health, a new position has been created for the island of Molokai. The purpose of this new position will be to provide educational support for farm-to-school activities in Molokai schools.

One of the key responsibilities will be to conduct a community needs assessment and community inventory of farm-to-school programs and activities. Responsibilities may include support for school gardens and agriculture programs, education and youth leadership, and local procurement of food for school cafeterias. Developing relationships and networking locally among educational institutions and food producers, and other food system stakeholders will be an important focus. This individual will also partner with providers to develop and implement professional development and trainings for school and community stakeholders, and provide technical assistance that supports farm-to-school activities based on community needs. This is presently a two-year funded position, and future funding will be contingent upon the need for and successes of this pilot program.

This individual will serve as an extension agent and will be housed at the Molokai Cooperative Extension Service Office in Ho’olehua. They will also be part of the CTAHR Department of Human Nutrition, Food and Animal Sciences. For more information on this position, download the position announcement at government jobs.com/careers/hawaiiedu and search 85058t or contact the Molokai Extension Office at 567-6929.

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