WHAT DOES ALP OFFER PARTICIPANTS?

ALP offers participants an in-depth look at diverse agricultural operations and the supply chain in Hawai‘i, where both challenges and opportunities are explored. That information is combined with leadership content, connections to community networks, and exposure to government policymaking and implementation. Over the course of the program, participants will develop the knowledge, networks, relationships, tools and skills that will enable them to be more successful in their work and in other community endeavors that they choose to pursue in their future. ALP will assist participants in being able to collaborate with others to articulate and achieve outcomes they want to manifest in their work and communities.

ALP is not a training program in farm production. ALFH does not engage in lobbying activities as an organization or group.

WHY IS ALP NEEDED?

Agriculture remains important to Hawai‘i’s economy and to the preservation of its natural resources. Unfortunately, it is largely misunderstood by the average person. In these times where divergent views of agriculture tend to pull the sector apart, it is more important than ever to work together because the economic and cultural vitality of agriculture and rural communities has reverberating effects throughout our entire society. A healthy, thriving, sustainable agriculture sector is important to Hawai‘i’s future. Through the ALP, ALFH nurtures leaders who can help achieve this.

WHO SHOULD APPLY FOR ALP?

ALP seeks applicants who have demonstrated a serious commitment to lead in their line of work and/or in community activities. Priority is given to applicants who work directly in agriculture (e.g., production of crops, livestock, forestry, ornamental and/or turf crops) or agriculture industry support endeavors (e.g., processing, handling, shipping, and delivering products to the consumer, or financing and management). Natural resource management professionals who work closely with agricultural communities, as well as those involved in rural community development, are also invited to apply. Applicants should have an interest in working to strengthen agriculture in Hawai‘i.

All applicants must be U.S. citizens or green card holders and must be residents of Hawai‘i for at least two years prior to ALP. Applicants must show a commitment to remain in Hawai‘i and must have approval from their employer to take the required time to participate in ALP. Self-employed individuals must demonstrate their ability to be away from their enterprises for the necessary amount of time.

HOW DO I APPLY?

Applicants are required to submit an ALP Application, an Employer’s Commitment Form (if applicable), and three ALP Recommendation Forms. Application deadlines will be announced on this site when recruitment for the next class begins.

WHO WILL BE SELECTED FOR ALP?

An ideal ALP cohort will include 10-14 participants from large, medium and small for-profit agriculture-related companies, as well as representation from non-profit groups and government agencies that connect directly to agriculture and natural resources. ALP participants will include women and men from different islands and from different age groups. A diverse cohort is central to developing effective resources and relationships that will last long beyond the program’s conclusion. Additionally, the diversity of the group leads to a more thorough understanding of agriculture and the challenges and opportunities that exist.

WHAT IS THE PROCESS FOR ALP SELECTION?

A Selection Committee that includes ALFH program staff, ALFH board members, and alumni, will review applications and select those who will be interviewed. Interviews will be held either in person or via webinar. Applicants will be notified of the Selection Committee’s decision and will then be required to submit additional information (biography, photo, medical information, travel information, waiver, etc.) to accept their place in the program.

WHAT ARE THE CHALLENGES TO PARTICIPATING?

Participants must make a serious time commitment to the ALP. This time commitment (and potential loss of income for those who are self-employed) is the most significant challenge, but the rewards are immeasurable. Applicants must be able to complete coursework and travel while meeting their job, personal and family commitments. Applicants should also be aware of the financial commitment of the program which is explained in detail within the program application. Alumni are available to share their experiences and coping strategies with potential applicants.

WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS FOR COMPLETION?

Participants are required to attend all seminars and the two-week national trip over the course of the program. Seminar lengths range and often include full days of scheduled activity. Additional assignments must be completed on time including pre-seminar homework, post-seminar reflections, blogging, various national trip assignments, and other special projects. Additionally, participants will work in teams and play an active (and at times a leadership) role in planning seminars and the national trip. Participants must check and respond to email regularly and will be required to use Google applications and other online tools. Directions will be provided as needed.

WHAT IS THE TRAINING AND CURRICULUM FOCUS?

The ALP includes workshops in facilitation and group process, collaboration, negotiation, mediation, systems thinking and more. Educational site visits to farms, ranches, aquaculture and ag-forestry businesses, nurseries, watershed protection areas, cultural projects and other rural community endeavors are an essential component of the program. Seminars will focus on local and state issues such as water, land, labor, markets and sustainability practices. Through visits to the State Legislature and Washington, D.C., participants will gain first-hand exposure to government policymaking and implementation. Participants will meet Hawai‘i’s Congressional delegation in Washington, D.C. and will learn about national agricultural policies and issues. The class will also investigate commonalities and learn about unique perspectives of agriculture in the state of their choice during the National Trip.

WHAT ARE THE KEY COMPONENTS OF THE PROGRAM?

ALP includes the following key components:

  • Network building
  • Leadership development workshops
  • Skill-building sessions
  • Guest presentations
  • Site visits with hands-on learning
  • Group exploration in Hawai‘i
  • Exploration in government processes
  • Exploration beyond Hawai‘i
  • Participant presentations
  • Team planning activities
  • Assignments

Additional information on program components is provided during the recruitment process.

WHO IS THE TRAINING TEAM? 

Executive & Program Director Christine Brammer will direct ALP with support from selected leadership professionals. ALFH Board Member and Past Program director Donna Ching, Ph.D. will join the leadership team. The team will have decades of experience working in Hawai‘i on community-based, complex resource management issues and will provide a dynamic program designed to stretch participants’ knowledge and skills.

WHAT IS THE COST TO PARTICIPATE?

Tuition for the next ALP Class will be announced at the beginning of the recruitment process. Tuition for recent classes was $6,500 per participant. A Re-envisioned ALP program was developed to continue the program during the 2020 pandemic and the cost of that program was reduced to $5,500. The value of ALP is estimated to be over $20,000 per participant. Much of this cost is subsidized by the fundraising efforts of ALFH. The majority of the tuition is allocated to travel (airfare, shared lodging, and ground transportation) on neighbor island visits and the national trip. All meals, transportation to/from airport to home, and incidental expenses are the responsibility of each participant, and may average $50 per day.

Applicants are encouraged to obtain all or part of the tuition from the businesses or organizations to which they belong. ALFH does not want the tuition cost to keep exemplary candidates from applying so a limited number of scholarships may be available for qualified individuals who demonstrate a clear financial need.

QUESTIONS?

If you have additional questions or would like to schedule an informational conference call, please email us or call (808) 947-2914.