A Sustainable Sciences Youth Internship
Students work in small groups with University of Hawaii mentors to plan, build, care for, harvest and market their own sustainable, organic farm that provides CSA baskets for a few local families.
Participants learn hands-on, “best practice” methods of farming, as well as concepts in botany, biology, soil science, and chemistry that explain why these methods work. These skills and knowledge prepare them for introductory college courses in the life sciences as well as in business.
Students will also develop numerous hands-on skills in carpentry, soil-preparation, irrigation-plumbing, seeding, transplanting, farm-business, pest-management and cooking.
This program builds a positive sense of identity and helps teens break through self-imposed limitations. Past participants report developing concern for others through teamwork and that they gained skills in:
- respectful communication
- active listening
- conflict resolution
- group belonging, and