Friday – Pahoa Talk Story Session with Agriculture and Industry Experts

This Friday, March 22, at 5:30 p.m., bring your ideas, concerns and questions to the Pahoa Community Center for a talk story session with agriculture and industry experts.

“Food is a basic necessity that many struggle to obtain. Cultivating sustainable farming and encouraging agricultural development is necessary for our community, our island, to not only survive, but to thrive,” said District 4 Council Member, Greggor Ilagan.

Councilman Greggor Ilagan at his kickoff for the County Council Seat.

Councilman Greggor Ilagan at his kickoff for the County Council Seat.

Friday’s community discussion will include individuals from the Hawai’i Papaya Association and the University of Hawai’i at Hilo’s Agriculture programs.

“We need to get boots on the ground to help people with all aspects of gardening and agriculture,” said Bruce Mathews, PhD, Interim Dean of UH-Hilo’s College of Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resource Management (CAFNRM).

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 given by Horticulturist, Dr. Norman Arancon, will also be available at the talk-story session. For those interested in learning more about composting with the power of earthworms, E-mail Dr. Arancon at

“Everyone is invited. Whether you’re a home gardener, local business, farm expert or beginner, get your ideas and concerns heard,” said Council Member Ilagan.

For more information regarding the talk story session on Friday, contact Council Member Ilagan at 965-2712, or E-mail at


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