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LEAF Organic Farming Training Course begins November 12- December 21, 2012

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LEAF Project is about to begin another LEAF Aina Corps Organic Farming Training Program with unemployed clients looking for work in the organic farming industry. The goal of the training is to qualify the individual as an industry-recognized organic farmer. Some of the lessons include how to design a practical organic permaculture farm design, soil fertility – how to create the best soil possible for healthy plants, organic pest mgmt., introduction to organic farming, irrigation, crop planning and production, and the miracle of seeds and seed banks. Also, how and when to harvest, growing tropical fruits, nuts, spices, herbs, flowers and medicinal plants, beekeeping, animal husbandry – in particular oxen-training, procedures required in farm organic certification, and all aspects of running a successful organic farm business – record keeping, taxes, banking, managing employees, etc.

Training begins November 12 and runs for 6 weeks, through December 21, and will be held every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9-5 pm. Scholarships are available if you are unemployed or underemployed. Contact us at 389-1819 or leafhawaii@gmail.com for more information.

Recruitment beginning for LEAF Aina Corps Organic Training Program

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Interested in a career in the organic farming industry? Then the LEAF Aina Corps training program in organic farming is your ticket. The program offers suitable candidates the opportunity to learn a comprehensive variety of industry-recognized skills that will qualify one to work and make a living as an organic farmer. The comprehensive curriculum includes lessons in the practical daily operation of as well as the business side of successful organic farming. We are accepting applications from anyone willing to commit themselves to 3 months of hard work and discipline. The training will take place at the LEAF/HCAP farm in Waimanalo. For more info and to apply, email or call leafhawaii@gmail.com, 389-1819.

Join our LEAF Volunteer Farm Workdays

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On farm volunteers 12/17/11December 17, we had our first farm volunteer workday. It was a perfect day that began with a slight downpour for just a couple minutes and continued with an umbrella of clouds that shaded 10 volunteers who cleared about a 30×50 sq.ft. area. of elephant grass. The amazing team effort of our generous volunteers was an experiment in what can be accomplished with simple hand tools and sweat equity. Big mahalo to our volunteers for their generous hard work during the season of giving. We will now be holding regular volunteer days. Contact us at leafhawaii@gmail.com or call us at 389-1819 to sign up.

IHS/Green House/LEAF partner in a ‘Green Basics’ Horticulture Training for the Homeless

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Dulcie Marchant first graduate of 'Green Basics' Horticulture Certification

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.