GoFarm Hawaii program helps people start careers in agriculture

  • Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald Fresh tomatillos were picked by Tara Waller at Hoola Farms' demonstration farm outside of Hilo on Sunday, June 6, 2021.

  • Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald Tara Waller puts water into a bouquet of flowers that grew in Hoola Farms' demonstration farm outside of Hilo on Sunday, June 6, 2021.

  • Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald Tara Waller looks at flowers for a bouquet after working at Hoola Farms' demonstration farm outside of Hilo on Sunday, June 6, 2021.

  • Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald Maricar Souza plants basil starters at Hoola Farms' demonstration farm outside of Hilo on Sunday, May 2, 2021. Souza plans to use the basil in her homemade pesto that she will sell.

  • Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald Maricar Souza plants basil starters at Hoola Farms' demonstration farm outside of Hilo on Sunday, May 2, 2021. Souza graduated from the GoFarm Hawaii program last year and is working on her own incubation farm.

  • Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald Maricar Souza, right, and Tara Waller plant crops at Hoola Farms' demonstration farm outside of Hilo on Sunday, May 2, 2021.

  • Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald Maricar Souza, left, and Tara Waller discuss how far apart basil starters should be planted at Hoola Farms' demonstration farm outside of Hilo on Sunday, May 2, 2021.

  • Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald Tara Waller checks on the crops growing at Hoola Farms' demonstration farm outside of Hilo on Sunday, June 6, 2021.

  • Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald Tara Waller picks flowers she has planted at Hoola Farms' demonstration farm outside of Hilo on Sunday, June 6, 2021. Waller uses the flowers to mark where each crop is growing.

  • Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald After a month, Maricar Souza's basil starters have grown into sprawling, large basil plants at Hoola Farms' demonstration farm outside of Hilo on Sunday, June 6, 2021.

  • Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald Maricar Souza moves soil while planting basil starters at Hoola Farms' demonstration farm outside of Hilo on Sunday, May 2, 2021. Souza plans to use the basil in her homemade pesto that she will sell.

  • Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald Maricar Souza plants basil starters at Hoola Farms' demonstration farm outside of Hilo on Sunday, May 2, 2021. Souza graduated from the GoFarm Hawaii program last year and is working on her own incubation farm.

Since its inception in 2012, GoFarm Hawaii has offered a nontraditional pathway to a career in agriculture.