Exploring the fundamentals of ecological systems and understanding the dynamic equilibrium that shapes island ecology.
Utilizing quantitative and qualitative methods in regard to soil and water nutrient testing, identification, diversity indices, ecology, evolution, and plant physiology.
Cohesively applying biological systems to organic farming and sustainable, local food systems.
This program gives students the opportunity to learn about the biological dynamics of Hawaii’s ecosystems and how to further apply these concepts to Permaculture and other sustainable systems. The goal is to integrate an understanding of how biological interactions shape the world around us, and rather than with a standard sit-down lecture format, interns will learn through direct immersion into their environment and active participation in research and implementation of biological concepts and field techniques. Our location provides interns with the opportunity to experience a myriad of Hawaii’s unique microclimates—everything from sub-alpine to world-renowned coastal and marine ecosystems are just next-door to our farm.
Understanding biological processes is an integral part of Permaculture because its design and implementation is modeled upon natural ecological systems. On the farm, interns will learn how to foster healthy natural systems and apply effective ecological management strategies. We will also work alongside multiple local restoration projects in order to learn straight from the source and help make a powerful impact on ongoing efforts to restore Hawaiian ecosystems. This program provides a vital source of field experience for potential biologists; giving prominence to proficiency in observation, critical thinking, and the ability to generate and explore complex questions. Emphasis will be placed in scientific literacy, understanding patterns and processes, and developing experimental field techniques. Daily lessons and work will focus on plant & pest identification, watershed management strategies, quantitative and qualitative collection and analysis of data, healthy soil maintenance, and understanding the fundamentals of tropical island ecology.
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