Guest speakers BRING the seminar a menu of different  stories and perspectives.


FFSC STUDents talk story about food, health, and sustainability with Jasmine Silverstein, HPA class of 2008 and proprietor of Heartbeet Catering and Sweet Cane Cafe in Hilo, and about cultivating community with Malia Bolton, HPA class of 2000 and proprietor of Kona Coffee & Tea.


we also take the opportunity to learn from the valuable resources within our hpa community. ffsc devotes class sessions to hearing our Lower School garden coordinator, Jessica Sobocinski, our Upper School Agroecology teacher Deighton Emmons, and our own course co-facilitator Willie Quayle share the stories of their own lives and journeys to their current work with farming, youth, and sustainability.

the spring semester Capstone project work offers students the opportunity to learn from and collaborate with adults experts and resources outside our classroom, and beyond our faculty and our campus.


students get help, guidance and ideas from people like Chris Wilcox of big island goat dozers, who stopped by to talk with our livestock-on-campus project group about the possibilities of mower-goats at hpa. a student whose project involves implementing cooking classes at Hpa's middle school works closely with our village campus after-school coordinator to make practical,engaging lesson plans and work out budgets and transportation, and the students celebrating local produce with a semi-monthly a smoothie sale and workshop in the student union independently connect with local farmers and vendors to obtain their fruit. in reaching out to resources during the project phase of the course, ffsc students learn to form beneficial working relationships, ask the right questions, and connect with the larger world.

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