Mahi Pono announces partnership with GoFarm Hawai'i to support the expansion of agricultural education on Maui

May 12, 2023 |
GoFarm Hawai‘i partnership seeks to build Hawaiʻi’s next generation of farmers. PC: file photo University of Hawaiʻi.

Mahi Pono, a Maui farming company that owns and operates 41,000 acres in Central Maui, is pleased to announce its partnership with GoFarm Hawai‘i, an extension program of the University of Hawai‘i’s College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR). Mahi Pono will lease 15 acres of its West Maui agricultural land to GoFarm Hawai‘i for its successful statewide farmer-development training program aimed at increasing the state’s agricultural workforce.

“The partnership between GoFarm and Mahi Pono will jump start the farmers graduating from the UH program and will increase the number of successful commercial farmers in Hawai‘i,” said Sharon Hurd, chairperson of the Hawai‘i Board of Agriculture.

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