Luisa F. Castro
Assistant Water Quality Coordinator, CTAHR, Cooperative Extension Service. Luisa coordinates federally-funded pollution risk assessment and public education projects. She produces and delivers water quality and pollution assessment education materials through workshops, trainings, public presentations and electronic media. She also coaches farmers on adopting good agricultural practices to promote farm food safety.
Hawaii Outreach Manager, Syngenta Seeds. Laurie’s job with Syngenta includes cultivating and supporting business, community and government relations through outreach and education. She obtained a B.S. majoring in Agronomy from the University of Guelph. She has been an accredited member of the Certified Crop Advisor group for over eight years and is the current Chairperson of the Hawaii Crop Improvement Association’s Outreach committee.
Land Asset Manager, Kamehameha Schools Land Assets Division. Marissa is involved in the planning and management of Kamehameha Schools’ agricultural and conservation lands on Hawai’i Island. KS agricultural leases cover a wide range of crops and a variety of growing conditions. She has a B.A. in Liberal Studies – Hawaiian Preservation and a M.A. in Urban and Regional Planning.
Manager, Harvesting and Field Preparation Department, Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Co.. HC&S’s principal businesses are the growing and milling of sugarcane on 36,000 acres on Maui; production of raw sugar, molasses, and specialty sugar; and the generation and sale of electricity. Mark has worked for HC&S for 26 years. He lives in the upcountry area with his son and recently obtained his business degree from the University of Phoenix.
Managing Director, Kahuku Farms. A 4th generation farmer, Kylie hopes to continue her family’s farming legacy by diversifying its offerings through Agtourism activities and value added products. As a graduate of the Travel Industry Management School at the University of Hawaii, Kylie’s primary goal is to create a sustainable model of agriculture through education and the business of growing fresh local food.
Manager, Asia Pacific Flowers Inc. Asia Pacific Flowers, founded in 1977, is one of the oldest and largest commercial cut and potted orchid nurseries in Hawaii. Neo is from Singapore and has traveled and worked in different Asian countries before moving to Hawaii 6 years ago. Currently he is the President of the Orchid Growers of Hawaii, a statewide orchid association.
Co-owner, Kahanu Aina Sprouts. Irene is a biological farmer who assists other farmers in promoting fresh island produce in the marketplace. She also promotes and works to increase soil fertility in Hawaii through education, outreach programs, seminars and conferences. Irene serves as an officer of Maui Aloha Aina Association and is a member and special events coordinator for the Maui County Farm Bureau.
Roast Master, Kauai Coffee Co.. Kauai Coffee grows, processes and roasts coffee. The business focuses on the sale and marketing of green (unroasted) coffee and the sale of roasted coffee. Mike manages the production, operation and maintenance requirements of the roasting plant. He is a member of the Kauai Farm Bureau and the Hawaii Coffee Association (for whom he has conducted cupping and grading workshops).
Co-Owner, Hawaii Fish Company. Ron manages a multi-species aquafarm on the North Shore of Oahu and is President of the Hawaii Aquaculture Association (i.e. State aquaculture industry association). He has B.S. and M.S. degrees in Natural Resource Management from the University of Michigan, School of Natural Resources, and was formerly a Fishery Biologist with the University of Miami, the University of Michigan and the East West Center.
Assistant Manager, Ponoholo Ranch, Ltd.,. Sabrina is a 3rd generation rancher on her family-owned, commercial cow/calf operation with Angus and Charolais as the predominant breeds. Memberships include the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, Hawaii Cattlemen’s Association, and Hawaii Cattlemen’s Council. She is a graduate of Colorado State University with a B.S. in Animal Science, Industry Concentration.
Operation Manager, Monsanto Company, Box 609, Hanapepe, HI 96716. Randy has a B.S. in Landscape Horticulture from Rutgers University. He is married to Suzanne and has a son named Braeden. He has worked for Monsanto for 14 years where he grows mostly seed corn. Randy is currently the board Treasurer for the Kauai County Farm Bureau and a former board Secretary of the Hawaii Crop Improvement Association.