Learning opportunities with HIP Agriculture
Our residential Farmer Training programs include our Living Farm Internship (held in Spring and Fall), and our Living Roots Immersions. Courses are held on our main campus, Halawa Farm, on the beautiful King Kamehameha lands of Kapa’au, Hawai’i. This 7-acre permaculture homestead serves as working farm, educational site and home to staff, apprentices and interns throughout the year. While living and learning with us, students explore a variety of topics related to sustainable agriculture, homestead farming, permaculture, agroforestry, soil fertility, plant medicine, nutrition, beekeeping, animals, mycology, community living, Hawai'ian arts and culture, and much more.
We offer a multi-year, inter-disciplinary approach to sustainability education that supports Hawaii’s students from early childhood through higher education in becoming engaged citizens with a global and environmental awareness. Through field trips, in-class presentations and after-school programs, HIP Agriculture provides interactive, hands-on, place-based learning opportunities for students to explore the land where we live, the food that we eat, and the impact that our choices and actions have on our community, our environment and ourselves.
We often host community classes and workshops related to sustainable agriculture, natural building, cooking and nutrition for the North Kohala community. Every year we also host the Kohala Aina Festival, a celebration of local harvest, small farmers and the movement for island-wide food security. This epic event features a line-up of world renowned musicians, performing artists, educational workshops and an abundance of organically grown, farm fresh food.