Course Description

This course will give students the skills to apply a multidisciplinary, equity, and soil health based lens of analysis to the technical, social, and logistical systems that must be analyzed and navigated when implementing climate-smart agriculture in Hawai'i. Students will gain an understanding of the historical context of agriculture in Hawai'i, from geology to contemporary times and the challenges and opportunities that climate change, resource pressure, and development present. Students will orient to the US federal agricultural funding programs and policy with express focus on alignment and barriers for Pacific Island Area producers and practitioners. On the ground students will gain experience with the scientific underpinning of Climate-Smart Conservation Practice Standards and their implementation in Hawai'i. Through the Climate-Smart lens students will also analyze soil health and social-ecological equity as a foundational to climate change solutions.

Students will complete reading, discussion, reflection, research, reporting, and small group work.

July 01 to August 09, 2024
Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, 9:00am to 12:00pm
UHM Campus, Sherman Laboratory Room 111
Hybrid format - In-person or online (Zoom and Google Classroom will be used)

The course is held in a hybrid format - student may join in person or online - no need to be at Manoa to take the course.

Instructor: Linden M. Schneider

Linden Schneider is a Junior Researcher in the Natural Resources and Environmental Management Department at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa, where she teaches and serves as the research and training coordinator of the Hawai'i Climate-Smart Partnership climatesmarthawaii.org.  She has over 15 years working in academic, private, and nonprofit settings to facilitate collaboration with diverse parties around strategic systems change to increase equitable access to resources and redefine systems and process to meet the agricultural producers needs to ensure greater food security at local and regional scales. She received her MS from the University of California Berkeley in Biogeochemistry and her BA in Botany with a Minor in Chemistry from Sonoma State University. Most recently before joining UH Manoa she served as the Assistant Director of the Maine Agricultural and Forest Experiment Station.

Please email lindensc@hawaii.edu for more information.

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Soil Health as the Foundation for Climate-Smart Agriculture
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9:00AM to 12:00PM
Jul 01, 2024 to Aug 09, 2024
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