Derrick was waiting for us with the rest of the class at Ma’o farm. This non profit organization took organic farming to the next level at the same time that it serves as a tool for local youth to embrace a higher level career in agriculture. Derrick explained the benefits the youth gain when they embrace responsibility and feel the challenge. Derrick and his team mates at Ma’o farms use organic practices and specialized equipment to control weeds. The attitude of this team is to make out of the challenges opportunities to think out of the box and solve problems. The quality of the Ma’o farm produce is well receive by customers like “foodland”, one of the prime customers and cooperators of this organic farming initiative.
After touring the farm and learning about the challenges and accomplishments of the students and the administration then we had an opportunity to talk to Mr. Gary Forth. He has been integrating his knowledge and energy to move Ma’o farm forward.
Touring the Ma’o farm I was able to capture this moment! Not exactly sure what was the message but seems like Pauline is in the middle of a dispute about farming here! Peter has been working on teaching us good negotiation practices. Seems like Cynthia and Kirby put the learning tools to work already!