Our Teaching Farmers
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.
Elan is a farmer, educator, and mentor dedicated to stewarding agrobiodiversity, promoting justice across the food system, and facilitating transformative learning for people of all ages. His experience in seed saving, agroecology, whole-systems design, and building cooperatives is directed toward cultivating land-based education programs that inspire and empower a diversity of people and communities. He is delighted to share his knowledge with visitors at Hale Akua Garden Farm. He is a board member of the Maui Farmer’s union and has played an important role in the continued development of that organization.