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Agriculture talk story on Friday

University of Hawaii at Hilo College of Agriculture and Hawaii Papaya Association representatives will be at Pahoa Community Center Friday at 5:30 p.m. for a public talk story session.

The public is invited to bring its ideas, concerns and questions.

“We need to get boots on the ground to help people with all aspects of gardening and agriculture,” said Bruce Mathews, interim dean of UHH College of Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resource Management.

An overview of the UH Hilo Agriculture programs, workshops, education and possibly grant funds will be discussed. “We want to get to know your [Puna’s] concerns and needs, and offer our assistance to farmers in vital agriculture sectors,” said Mathews.

A sign-up sheet for future vermicomposting workshops by UHH horticulturist Norman Arancon will also be available at the talk-story session.

For those interested in learning more about composting with the power of earthworms, Email Arancon at

“Cultivating sustainable farming and encouraging agricultural development is necessary for our community, our island, to not only survive, but to thrive,” said Puna Councilman Greggor Ilagan. “… Whether you’re a home gardener, local business, farm expert or beginner, get your ideas and concerns heard.”

For more information, contact Ilagan at 965-2712 or


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