Set up on campus in the breezeway at the College of Agriculture, Forestry, and Natural Resource Management, the event showcased educational displays, live animals, plants for sale, and giveaways.
By Susan Enright.
The College of Agriculture, Forestry, and Natural Resource Management at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo held an Ag Sale Day & Fair last Wednesday. Set up on campus in the college’s breezeway, the event showcased educational displays, live animals, plants for sale, and giveaways.
“This fair is an opportunity for the UH Hilo community and our students to see the subject areas in [the college] and what hands-on labs can produce,” says Norman Arancon, director of the college and professor of horticulture. “We look forward to having these fairs periodically and hope that it will help to make our connections closer throughout the campus.”
“We want to bring interest and excitement to the campus for everyone to enjoy,” he adds. “If the number of attendees is any indication, we accomplished that today”.
Free oranges and tangerines were passed out by the horticulture students who harvested them from the UH Hilo Agricultural Farm Laboratory in Pana‘ewa. There were free hot dogs and pretzels with honey mustard served by the beekeeping students who harvested the honey.
Free popcorn with toppings were served by the Students of Sustainability club, who promoted UH Hilo’s Hale Lako Student Supply Store.
Roberto Rodriguez, an assistant professor in the college’s aeronautical sciences program, brought a drone and shared information. Lissa Tsutsumi, assistant professor of applied agricultural sciences, brought horses from the equine program. Research posters from the college’s recent Agricultural Symposium were displayed.
Farm technicians and college alumni Tai Salinger and Randall Thomas were available for plant questions and planting suggestions. Early blooming poinsettias were available for sale along with fruit trees, fruits and vegetables, ornamental plants, and honey.
Farm manager Jake Rodrique and Director Arancon provided live entertainment.
The next ag event will be held in a couple of weeks primarily to sell poinsettias in a variety of colors that are grown at the farm. For more information, contact Lissa Tsutsumi.
Story by Susan Enright, a public information specialist for the Office of the Chancellor and editor of UH Hilo Stories. She received her bachelor of arts in English and certificate in women’s studies from UH Hilo.