GoFarm Hawaii program helps people start careers in agriculture

  • Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald After a month, Maricar Souza's basil starters have grown into sprawling, large basil plants at Hoola Farms' demonstration farm outside of Hilo.

  • Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald Maricar Souza moves soil while planting basil starters at Hoola Farms' demonstration farm. Souza plans to use the basil in her homemade pesto that she will sell.

  • Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald Maricar Souza plants basil starters at Hoola Farms' demonstration farm outside of Hilo. Souza graduated from the GoFarm Hawaii program last year and is working on her own incubation farm.

Since its inception in 2012, GoFarm Hawaii has offered a nontraditional pathway to a career in agriculture.