Our leading partner, IHS recently received a grant from Kaiser Permanente to begin a ‘Green Basics’ Horticulture Training program targetted for any of the shelter’s guests who are interested in learning both basic horticulture skills and pre-vocational skills that could lead to jobs in the green sector. LEAF Executive Director, is the recruitment specialist and pre-vocational trainer . The program is proving to be highly successful. Our first graduate has already landed a full time job in landscaping, just 2 months into the program. This pilot project training project will graduate at least 12 trainees and be used as a model for the planned rooftop learning center at the shelter.
LEAF Project is participating with the UH Ag Incubator Program (AIP) at the University of Hawaii. The AIP offers new farmers consultation and business guidance and expertise. This is a wonderful blessing as LEAF begins to develop its first farm model in cooperation with the Honolulu Community Action Program on 2 acres of lush land in beautiful Waimanalo.