Why are we celebrating?
We are celebrating two anniversaries in 2018; the 90th anniversary of Cooperative Extension and the 100th anniversary of 4-H.
Who is Cooperative Extension?
Dr. Jeff Goodwin is the State 4-H Program Leader in Hawaii and has served in various capacities throughout his 36-year career in Extension, which started in Texas, led him to Idaho, Colorado and finally Hawaii.
Goodwin notes that every state’s 4-H program has its own set of challenges to address. Hawaii is no different in that regard he adds. While Hawaii has some unique challenges facing 4-H and Extension, he believes that if we all work together and stay positive in our outlook, we can guide these essential programs well into the future.
Julia Zee is a second generation Extension professional following her mother, Kikuye Kohashi, at the Hilo Extension Office. Growing up in the 4-H program, Julia learned valuable life skills, leadership, and time management, before pursuing degrees in community and public health nutrition.
As an Extension Agent and registered dietitian nutritionist over the past 31 years, Julia has provided nutrition and health programs in communities across the state in Nutrition Education for Wellness, diabetes awareness and management, and consumer food safety. She is currently working with colleagues on strengthening Cooperative Extension’s contributions to Hawaii’s food systems
Born and raised in San Francisco, Kylie Tavares moved to Hawaii to earn a degree from CTAHR. She learned about Hawaii's agricultural industry and found herself wanting a career to support farmers.
Kylie Tavares is an edible crops agent on Maui working in sustainable agriculture and farm food safety. Kylie works with extension faculty across the state to bridge agricultural communities through education. She is currently working with the Farm Food Safety Team contributing to the Western Regional Center to Enhance Food Safety with minority-specific, multi-lingual training tools. Kylie also runs the International Trainee Seminar Series for trainees placed with Hawaii farmers from across the globe.