ALP’s curriculum includes training in facilitation and group process, while highlighting the importance of leadership, collaboration, mediation, and systems thinking. 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. Through visits to the State Legislature and Washington, D.C., participants will also gain first-hand exposure to government policymaking and implementation. An important component is the Capstone program examining an agricultural issue to be completed by every class participant with support from ALP alumni.
ALP’s Class XVI will attend a series of seven seminars and a two-week national trip spanning a period of 18 months. The seminars (typically 4 days each) will be held around the State approximately every two months. Content areas integral to agriculture in Hawai‘i will be embedded in the curriculum; however, participants will have an opportunity to design parts of the seminars to meet their specific interests.
The seminar dates are as follows:
Seminar 1 – May 3-6, 2018 (East Hawai‘i)
Seminar 2 – August 9-12, 2018 (O‘ahu)
Seminar 3 – October 25-28, 2018 (Maui Nui)
Seminar 4 – January 24-27, 2019 (O‘ahu)
Seminar 5 – March 7-10, 2019, (Kaua‘i)
Seminar 6 – May 2-5, 2019 (West Hawai‘i)
National Trip – September 8–21, 2019 (Mainland)
Seminar 7 – November 7-9, 2019 (O‘ahu)
Attendance is mandatory. Please plan ahead.
The in-state seminars will focus on local and state issues such as water, land, labor, markets and sustainability practices. The national trip to Washington, D.C. and a state the class chooses to study, complements these seminars by providing participants with a broader perspective. In Washington, D.C., participants will meet Hawaii’s Congressional delegation and study agricultural policies and national and international issues impacting rural communities. During the second part of the trip, the class will be exposed to agricultural and rural community systems in another state. This exposure will highlight points of commonality as well as unique perspectives.
An ideal cohort for Class XVI includes 15 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. Having a diverse cohort is central to developing effective resources and relationships that will last long beyond the program’s conclusion.
Because attendance at all seminars and the national trip is mandatory, participants must make a serious commitment of time to the ALP. Additional learning or networking opportunities may arise. This time commitment (and potential loss of income for those who are self-employed) is the most significant challenge, but the rewards are immeasurable. Alumni are available to share their experiences and coping strategies with potential applicants.
Here’s a peek at the cohort and activities from Class XIV as well as photos of previous classes.