New Farmers: Choosing the Road Less Traveled

Project Overview

Project Type: Professional Development Program
Funds awarded in 2003: $90,000.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2006
Matching Non-Federal Funds: $46,278.00
Region: Western
State: Hawaii
Principal Investigator:
Samir El-Swaify
University of Hawaii MANOA

Annual Reports


  • Fruits: melons
  • Vegetables: cucurbits, greens (leafy), sweet corn
  • Additional Plants: native plants
  • Animals: poultry, swine


  • Animal Production: free-range, grazing - multispecies, grazing - rotational
  • Crop Production: agroforestry, cover crops, organic fertilizers
  • Education and Training: farmer to farmer, mentoring
  • Farm Business Management: budgets/cost and returns, community-supported agriculture, cooperatives, marketing management, market study, value added
  • Natural Resources/Environment: biodiversity, habitat enhancement, riparian buffers, soil stabilization, wildlife
  • Pest Management: botanical pesticides, field monitoring/scouting, sanitation, soil solarization
  • Soil Management: green manures, organic matter
  • Sustainable Communities: new business opportunities, urban/rural integration
    Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.