Nearly 400 faculty, administrators, community leaders, students, and non-governmental organization staff attended the 7th Annual Sustainable Agriculture Education Association Conference, co-sponsored by University of Hawaiʻi – West Oʻahu, at the University of California, Santa Cruz Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems, on July 29-31, 2016.
UH West Oʻahu Assistant Professor of Sustainable Community Food Systems Albie Miles was a principal organizer of the conference.
This year’s conference theme, “The Ecology of Food Systems: Engaging Interdisciplinary and Applied Education for a Just and Sustainable Agriculture,” highlighted the growing demand for inclusive approaches to sustainable agriculture education and research at colleges and universities, and emphasizes the role of interdisciplinary and applied learning in achieving a more just and equitable food system.
Director of social enterprise at MAʻO Organic Farms, Kamuela Enos, MAʻO Organic Farms founders Kukui Maunakea-Forth (a UH West Oʻahu alum!) and Gary Maunakea-Forth, former Kamehameha Schools Land Assets Director, Neil Hannahs, and Kaui Sana, a co-manager at MAʻO Organic Farms, all featured heavily in the conference.
Dr. Miles was featured in the article “National conference marks 10 years of growth in sustainable agriculture education,” following the conference.