Farm Apprentice Mentoring Program Opens Applications for Cohort 8

by Negus Manna
Published: September 8, 2022 (3 weeks ago)


PRESS RELEASE Contact: Sara Gilligan

For Immediate Release (415) 755-7517

September 7, 2022

Farm Apprentice Mentoring Program Opens Applications for Cohort 8

Wailukū, Hawai‘i – The Hawai‘i Farmers Union United (HFUU) is excited to announce applications for Cohort 8 of the Farm Apprentice Mentoring (FAM) Program are now open. FAM is a seven month ten module learning cohort with a curriculum designed by and for farmers. Each module lasting a month long includes in-depth lectures and on-farm immersions ranging from soil fertility to post harvest – everything a beginning farmer needs to know to get started.

The mentorship program begins Thursday, December 1, 2022 and will interview all applicants, selecting 20 Maui residents, five Moloka‘i residents and five Lana‘i residents who are ready to start farming. Applications are open until November 1, 2022.

Classes are twice a week on Thursday evenings and Saturdays. Students who want a more personalized education experience will have the option of participating in a paid apprenticeship under the guidance of our hand selected mentors. Upon completion of the program, FAM graduates receive a Certification of Professional Development from the University of Hawai‘i Maui College’s Office of Continuing Education and Training, as well as a stipend to jumpstart their farming endeavors.

“It amazes me when I see our students take their basic knowledge of farming and turn it into flourishing family farms. FAM is a one-of-a-kind program for Maui County residents and I’m thrilled to invite the next generation of farmers to grow with us!” said FAM Program Director Sara Gilligan.

The FAM program is free to each student and is sponsored by the County of Maui, the University of Hawai‘i Maui College, Sustainable Living Institute of Maui and many other supporters of HFUU.

For more information about the Farm Apprentice Mentoring Program or to submit an application visit

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The Hawai‘i Farmers Union United (HFUU)  is chartered under the National Farmers Union (NFU) and represents family oriented diverse agricultural growers, suppliers and consumers across the state of Hawai‘i. HFUU’s pillars are cooperation, education and legislation with a mission to advocate and create vibrant and prosperous agricultural communities for the people of Hawaii Nei.