Utilizing Aquaponics GAP and Inclusive Workforce Best Practices
UH, HDOA Promote Aquaponics Industry
Contact: Susan Miller, Project Director
Hawaii Aquaponics Workforce Development
Center on Disability Studies
The University of Hawaiʻi (UH) and the Hawaiʻi Department of Agriculture (HDOA) will be hosting free aquaponics workshops throughout the state. With funding from the USDA Federal-State Marketing Improvement Program, HDOA will host five workshops on Kauaʻi, Oʻahu, Maui, Hawaiʻi Island and Molokaʻi on the growth potential of aquaponics industry in Hawaiʻi. HDOA hopes to equip aspiring new aquaponic farmers with knowledge in key areas including wholesaler's feedback. Existing aquaponic farmers may find the information helpful as well. The workshops are free and open to the public. Below are details of the workshop to be held on Maui.
Hawaii Department of Agriculture (HDOA) Aquaponics Workshop
November 6, 2014, 1-3 p.m., Maui
UH Maui College Cooperative Extension Building 205, UH Aquaponics Workforce and Greenhouse Cooperative Initiative
310 Kaʻahumanu Ave., Building 205
Kahaului, Maui, HI 96793
- The number of aquaponic farms in Hawaii and the state of their profitability
- The state of market acceptance of aquaponic products
- What are the hot products to grow and sell?
- Food safety
- Packaging and branding
- How to pitch to investors
- The state of aquaculture in the U.S. and the world
- Presentation by Susan Miller, Project Director, UH Aquaponics Workforce Initiative.
- Q&A session
For more details or to register, contact Liz Xu, economic development specialist for the Aquaculture and Livestock Support Services, at 808-483.7104 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hawaii Aquaponics Workforce proposes to develop a high-tech, innovative farm project on two urban plots in Kahului, Maui and Waianae, Oahu. The two farms will incorporate aquaponics greenhouse growing for the purpose of commercial food production, workforce development training and certification as well as agri-tourism, education and technology transfer.
A state-of-the-art greenhouse complex will house the integrated aquaponic growing systems, an agri-tourism technology showcase, a demonstration area and classroom for education and a packing area for the vegetables. The eight fish tanks will raise large volumes of fresh water fish at densities up to ½ lb. of fish per gallon of water.
HAW will apply to be certified to raise tilapia, a hardy, fast-growing, freshwater fish that has become very popular as a food fish due to its mild flavor and flaky white meat. The plant crops grown in the integrated systems will initially include fancy lettuces and common culinary herbs but the selection will likely expand with the addition of Asian herbs and greens, tomatoes, cucumbers and other fruiting crops.
HAWMW is collaboration with the University of Hawaii Center on Disability Studies, the Lanikila Clubhouse in Wailuku, Maui and Ho’o Mau ke Ola in Waianae, Oahu. Professional technical assistance and training for all aspects of envionmental controlled agriculture and bio-secured practices by Nelson/Pade Montello, Wisconsin, www.aquaponics.com, email@example.com