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National Agriculture in the Classroom


Summary 2021 — Hawaii

State Contact

Ms. Donna Therrien
Hawaii Agricultural Foundation
3538 Waialae Ave.
Honolulu, HI 96816
P: 808.927.9749

Innovative Programming Conducted and Educational Resources Developed

We created two virtual field trips to bring agricultural experiences to our students state-wide when we could not bring students to these sites.


Major Program Impacts or Outcomes

  • 87% of students state a willingness to select an agriculture career after completion of a program.
  • Elementary students are able to name 75% more ag careers after program participation.
  • 129% increase in the number of agriculture degree programs offered by the University of Hawaii Manoa from 2018 to present. UH Manoa offered 16 ag degree programs in 2021 compared to only 7 in 2018.
  • HAF has served 23,421 students from 2014-2021.
  • 151 public schools statewide have utilized HAF's programs.
  • 1,366 teachers have implemented HAF's programs in their classrooms.
  • Nearly $25,000 has been remitted back to public schools that created and sold valued-added ag products in HAF's Young Entrepreneurs Program, with a 27% increase in profits since the program started.
  • 28% gain in total students served during the pandemic with all resources and programs retrofitted for virtual instruction.
  • 95% of teachers surveyed state they would recommend HAF's programs to colleagues.

Program Leader Biosketch

As HAF's Director of Education, Donna brings over 30 years of public education experience. Her experience spans from classroom teacher, resource teacher, administrator to most recently, a school lead with the charter school commission. With her passion for science education, she has designed and delivered science workshops to teachers all over the world. Donna holds a Masters in Education from the University of Hawaii and has earned National Board Certification. She is a recognized leader in the best practices for face-to-face and blended instruction.