Fall 2015 Sustainable Sciences Teen Internship Open House

FETCH will be holding a FALL 2015 OPEN HOUSE for Sustainable Sciences Teen Internship on September 16th, 2015 @ 2:30 p.m.

High school teens, parents, as well as community members interested in this program are welcome to attend this event! If you are interested in the program, but are hesitant to register because you do not know what to expect, this is a great opportunity for you to ask questions and to see what this program is like! Come to learn more about the program, meet FETCH staff & mentors, and other teens and families!

  • Wednesday, September 16th 2:30 p.m.
  • UHM Hale Tuahine Farm at Magoon Research Station
  • 2727 Woodlawn Drive (directly across from Longs’ Drug Store at Manoa Marketplace)

RSVP is needed to attend this FREE event. Please contact us using the contact form on this website, or call (808) 956-2248 to ask questions.

At the internship, teens will focus on four hands-on skill sets, geared to prepare them for sustainable agriculture business and to channel them into higher education in the sciences. These are: 1) the science of human nutrition, including culinary arts; 2) project-based carpentry, needed to set up growing systems; 3) best-practices in the business of setting up and running a CSA farm with subscribers paying for weekly vegetable baskets; and 4) best-practice sustainable farming methods, as well as botany, biology, soil science, plant propagation, hydroponics, integrated pest and disease management, and chemistry that explain the effectiveness of these methods. 

Here are some photos from last semester’s internship program. Teens enjoyed & became skilled at cooking vegetable-based meals following recipes from different culinary regions of the world. The FETCH executive director, Dr. Mary Martini, with FETCH staff and family & teen participants, wrote a cooking curriculum. Each week, groups prepare one component of a dinner that participants and mentors all share together.

We are making dumplings  for Mongolian Hot Pot.

We are making dumplings for Mongolian Hot Pot.

We are trying to assemble Russian Vegetable Strudel.

We are trying to assemble Russian Vegetable Strudel.

You can see the recipe for Russian getable Strudel here: Russian Vegetable Strudel Recipe

These Middle Eastern Kebabs (with marinated veggies) were delicious!

These Middle Eastern Kebabs (with marinated veggies) were delicious!

We grated red beets from our garden, and added onto the pancake butter. We used maple syrup instead of sugar. Healthy pancakes!

We grated red beets from our garden, and added onto the pancake butter. We used maple syrup instead of sugar. Healthy pancakes!

Here is the beets pancake recipe: Beets pancake recipe

Here is a photo of Vietnamese cold vermicelli that teens made!

Here is a photo of Vietnamese cold vermicelli that teens made!

We made veggie pizza (veggies from our farm)!

We made veggie pizza (veggies from our farm)!

The internship program is limited to 15 participants, and is led by a team of experienced mentors with undergraduate and graduate degrees in the Sciences (Chemistry, Biology, Agriculture: Tropical Plant Science and Agroecology, Molecular Bioscience, Animal Sciences, Psychology and Education). The mentor to participant ratio is 1:3. Right now (8/25/15), we have 7 open spots for the Fall 2015 semester. Please see the teen internship program page for more information! On the teen internship program page, you can:

  • view & download the PROGRAM BROCHURE with information on the program schedule, tuition, how to register, etc. You may also check our “calendar” on this website to see the program schedule; and
  • view the PowerPoint PRESENTATION SLIDES, presented at a national research conference this summer by Dr. Mary Martini, the executive director of FETCH.

Looking forward to hearing from many interested teens! we are excited for the great semester!!

Need fish for the aquaponics system?! We go to the stream to catch fish.

Need fish for the aquaponics system?! We go to the stream to catch fish.

Voila! Now we have fish in our portable aquaponics system to take home!

Voila! Now we have fish in our portable aquaponics system to take home!

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