Our Teaching Farmers

Jonathan bio DSC02836Jonathan Beutler

Jonathan’s passion for farming began in High School where he created a community garden with the goal of supplying fresh veggies directly into the lunchroom.  Later he studied Environmental Policy and Sustainable Agriculture at the University of Minnesota, where he earned his B.S. in 2009.  There he came to know that working with plants and soil was going to be a major part of his life path.  After graduating he worked with agricultural nonprofits to provide technical and marketing assistance to farmers and other rural entrepreneurs.  He also began his own business teaching classes on successful ways to integrate worm compost systems into homes, farms, and gardens – which contribute to healthy soil in gardens of all sizes. Jonathan started working at Hale Akua Garden Farm in 2013, where he is helping to build a holistic organic system to produce a great bounty of fruits and vegetables, healthy livestock rotations, and millions of red wrigglers to provide worm compost for Hale Akua’s ever improving soil.  He looks forward to sharing his knowledge with you.

Madison Walsh

Madison first fell in love with all things food when she was in high school. Her interest lead her to Kansas State University where she studied Nutrition and Leadership. In her spare time she began working on edible landscapes on the University grounds and cooking for private clients. She quickly discovered that her true passion was for growing Organic food. After graduating in 2013, she moved to Maui to work on Organic farms. She discovered Hale Akua Garden Farm and completed a 6-month internship. After receiving her Permaculture Design Certificate, she spent 18 months touring and working on organic farms around the world in 13 different countries. Now she’s back at Hale Akua, and is excited to share her knowledge with the community.



SC-logo-smallSunrise Center, a 501(C)(3) nonprofit educational organization, AKA Launa I'o Eco Education Center, is the lease holder of Hale Akua Garden Farm and is pleased to present programs dealing with sustainable gardening, farming and herb growing on a regular basis.

Permit STRH : 2017/0003
Permit SUP2 : 2016/0013
Permit #CP : 2005/0006
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Hale Akua Tax ID #94-327-7590
Sunrise Center Tax ID #94-327-2640