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Lotus Farm

Name Howie and Ladda Simon Email [email protected]
    Steward(s) Selected –  –
Training Start Date September 3, 2022 Training End Date September 2, 2023
Steward Training Hours per Week 40  
Compensation (Stipend or Wage) Yes If Yes, how much/how often? $800/month
 
Non-Monetary Compensation and Estimated Value $22,000 (estimated food, lodging and health insurance)
Name of your Workers’ Compensation Carrier n/a
Will your Workers’ Compensation policy cover the Steward? No, exempt
Number of Employees at training location 2
Number of Interns/Trainees/Apprentices at training location 1
Annual Revenue $3 Million to $10 Million
 

[Phase 1]

Phase Name Orientation, plasnting, Harvest and Fertilization
Start Date of Phase September 3, 2022 End Date of Phase November 15, 2022
Primary Supervisor during this phase Howard Simon Supervisor Title farm manager
Email [email protected] Phone Number 8089899992
 
1. Describe the Trainee/Steward’s role for this phase

Orientation to farm, and begin training in all aspects of farm management, including vegetable garden, greenhouses,n nursery, composting, orchard and chicken house. 1. introduction to methods of vegetable production including seed sewing, nursery care of seedlings, transplanting, bed preparation, transplanting, fertilizing, insect and disease control, harvest, post harvest procedures and marketing. Trainee will learn application of soil improvement techniques including application of compost and beneficial organisms to the nursery and field production area. Continuing of composting as waste is generated. Assist in value added operations including drying/ dehydration, and marketing at the Hawi Farmers Market weekly.

2. Specific goals and objectives for this phase

Familiarize Trainee with all phases of normal farm operation to maintain ongoing production of all crops thru fetilization and with disease and insect controls. Continue soil improvement program of adding compost to greenhouse and garden beds and mulching of trees, continue bedding material management in the chicken house.

3. Primary Supervisor’s qualifications

Manager has 25 years of experience in all phases of farm management and operation

4. What plans are in place for the Trainee/Steward to participate in cultural activities while in the United States?

The local Hawi Farmers Market is a forum for selling produce and connecting farmers, producers and the local agricultural community. A wide variety of vendors attend the market and offer a diverse mix of backgrounds, cultures and life experiences. The market is sponsored by the Hawaiii Farmers Union, which offers a wide variety of programs at its meetings involving invited speakers on a wide variety of farming related subjects. There is also a series of agricultural festivals held on island through the year, including a Mango festival, Avocado festival, and other forums to bring the agricultural community together. Visits to other farms and various farmers markets in the area will be included in the training to allow the trainee to meet people and view other farms operating systems

5. Specific knowledge, skills, or techniques to be learned during this phase?

Trainee will learn how to use natural soil amendments to increase production prepare and use amendments to increase soil fertility
manage insects and diseases through application of biological regulators, monitor insects and disease, rotate crops to minimize insects and disease

6. How specifically will this knowledge, skills, or techniques be taught? Include methodology of training and chronology/syllabus.

Trainee will practice the techniques ices and skills closely with and under the supervision of farm manager to learnable the skills and techniques in a hands on manner. trainee with be guided to watch, and then copy and practice the correct techniques, Trainees will have a formal interview with manager where trainee will be evaluated monthly or more frequently if necessary to determine if trainee has learned and is applying the techniques properly, or whether additional training is required in and particular skill area.

7. How will the Trainee/Steward’s acquisition of new skills and competencies be measured?

Trainee will practice the techniques and skills closely with and under the supervision of farm manager to learnable the skills and techniques in a hands on manner. Trainee with be guided to watch, and then copy and practice the correct techniques, Trainees will have a formal interview with manager where trainee will be evaluated monthly or more frequently if necessary to determine if trainee has learned and is applying the techniques properly, or whether additional training is required in and particular skill area.

8. Additional Phase Remarks (optional)
 

[Phase 2]

Phase Name Level 2 Management
Start Date of Phase November 15, 2022 End Date of Phase February 14, 2023
Primary Supervisor during this phase Howard Simon Supervisor Title farm Manager
Email [email protected] Phone Number 8089899992
 
1. Describe the Trainee/Steward’s role for this phase

Trainee will learn systems of record keeping for all production systems, general bookkeeping and marketing record keeping

2. Specific goals and objectives for this phase

To allow trainee to develop an understanding of the farm as a business

3. Primary Supervisor’s qualifications

manager has a college level degree in accounting and 30 years of business management and accounting experience. Manager has developed and taught custom record keeping systems in many businesses.

4. What plans are in place for the Trainee/Steward to participate in cultural activities while in the United States?

The local Hawi Farmers Market is a forum for selling produce and connecting farmers, producers and the local agricultural community. A wide variety of vendors attend the market and offer a diverse mix of backgrounds, cultures and life experiences. The market is sponsored by the Hawaiii Farmers Union, which offers a wide variety of programs at its meetings involving invited speakers on a wide variety of farming related subjects. There is also a series of agricultural festivals held on island through the year, including a Mango festival, Avocado festival, and other forums to bring the agricultural community together. Visits to other farms and various farmers markets in the area will be included in the training to allow the trainee to meet people and view other farms operating systems

5. Specific knowledge, skills, or techniques to be learned during this phase?

Basic record keeping, preparation of financial statements, analysis of financial statements, scheduling of planting toward sustained harvest without intrerruption, farmers market setup, display techniques, customer interaction, and breakdown of the display at the end. of the market.

6. How specifically will this knowledge, skills, or techniques be taught? Include methodology of training and chronology/syllabus.

Trainee will practice the techniques and skills closely with and under the supervision of farm manager to learnable the skills and techniques in a hands on manner. Trainee with be guided to watch, and then copy and practice the correct techniques, Trainees will have a formal interview with manager where trainee will be evaluated monthly or more frequently if necessary to determine if trainee has learned and is applying the techniques properly, or whether additional training is required in and particular skill area.

7. How will the Trainee/Steward’s acquisition of new skills and competencies be measured?

Manager will evaluate trainees progress monthly and maintain a training evaluation file to gauge the trainees progress and identify obstacles the trainee is encountering.

8. Additional Phase Remarks (optional)
 

[Phase 3]

Phase Name Intermediate Farm Management
Start Date of Phase February 14, 2023 End Date of Phase April 14, 2023
Primary Supervisor during this phase Howard Simon Supervisor Title Farm Manager
Email [email protected] Phone Number 8089899992
 
1. Describe the Trainee/Steward’s role for this phase

Trainee will work closely with farm manager to perform orchard pruning, chicken house management, and general farm maintenance

2. Specific goals and objectives for this phase

Prune all fruit trees
Identify and insect and disease issues and develop control strategies

3. Primary Supervisor’s qualifications

Manager has 25 years of experience in all phases of farm management and operation. Manager has performed these specific operations yearly and is well experienced in teaching the skills involved.

4. What plans are in place for the Trainee/Steward to participate in cultural activities while in the United States?

The local Hawi Farmers Market is a forum for selling produce and connecting farmers, producers and the local agricultural community. A wide variety of vendors attend the market and offer a diverse mix of backgrounds, cultures and life experiences. The market is sponsored by the Hawaiii Farmers Union, which offers a wide variety of programs at its meetings involving invited speakers on a wide variety of farming related subjects. There is also a series of agricultural festivals held on island through the year, including a Mango festival, Avocado festival, and other forums to bring the agricultural community together. Visits to other farms and various farmers markets in the area will be included in the training to allow the trainee to meet people and view other farms operating systems

5. Specific knowledge, skills, or techniques to be learned during this phase?

Pruning of fruit trees, Bedding management in the chicken house, Composting, vermiculture and preparation of compost and worm teas.
Observe and monitor greenhouses for insect and disease issues. Safe application of remedies and preventive measures for insect and disease issues on the farm

6. How specifically will this knowledge, skills, or techniques be taught? Include methodology of training and chronology/syllabus.

Trainee will practice the techniques and skills closely with and under the supervision of farm manager to learnable the skills and techniques in a hands on manner. trainee with be guided to watch, and then copy and practice the correct techniques, Trainees will have a formal interview with manager where trainee will be evaluated monthly or more frequently if necessary to determine if trainee has learned and is applying the techniques properly, or whether additional training is required in and particular skill area.

7. How will the Trainee/Steward’s acquisition of new skills and competencies be measured?

Manager will evaluate trainees progress monthly and maintain a training evaluation file to gauge the trainees progress and identify obstacles the trainee is encountering.

8. Additional Phase Remarks (optional)
 

[Phase 4]

Phase Name Level 3 Farm Management
Start Date of Phase April 14, 2023 End Date of Phase September 2, 2023
Primary Supervisor during this phase Howard Simon Supervisor Title Farm Manager
Email [email protected] Phone Number 8089899992
 
1. Describe the Trainee/Steward’s role for this phase

Trainee will further refine and develop the basic operation skills to maintain farm production, record keeping and maintenance

2. Specific goals and objectives for this phase

Trainee will learn to summarize, review and evaluate farm financial records related to income and expenses
Trainee will learn food processing techniques for value added products produced on farm
Trainee will learn construction techniques related to building structures as required by the farm
Trainee will learn greenhouse management of insects, diseases, soil mixes and irrigation to enhance production

3. Primary Supervisor’s qualifications

Farm Manager a 4 year business college degree and experience in preparing and evaluating financial statements. Manager has managed greenhouse production for 7 years.The manager has also developed and produced value added products like juices, gelato and baked goods using farm produce for the LotusCafe, a successful restaurant previously operated by the Farm manager and family.

4. What plans are in place for the Trainee/Steward to participate in cultural activities while in the United States?

The local Hawi Farmers Market is a forum for selling produce and connecting farmers, producers and the local agricultural community. A wide variety of vendors attend the market and offer a diverse mix of backgrounds, cultures and life experiences. The market is sponsored by the Hawaiii Farmers Union, which offers a wide variety of programs at its meetings involving invited speakers on a wide variety of farming related subjects. There is also a series of agricultural festivals held on island through the year, including a Mango festival, Avocado festival, and other forums to bring the agricultural community together. Visits to other farms and various farmers markets in the area will be included in the training to allow the trainee to meet people and view other farms operating systems

5. Specific knowledge, skills, or techniques to be learned during this phase?

Prepare income statements, statement of cash flow, and budgets & projections
Produce value added products including juices, gelato and baked goods in accordance with requirements under the Dept of Health regulations
Monitor insect and disease situations: select and apply appropriate remedies
Learn joinery techniques for working with lumber, bamboo and pvc pipe as building materials
Learn safe operation of tools involved with farm construction projects

6. How specifically will this knowledge, skills, or techniques be taught? Include methodology of training and chronology/syllabus.

Trainee will practice the techniques and skills closely with and under the supervision of farm manager to learnable the skills and techniques in a hands on manner. trainee with be guided to watch, and then copy and practice the correct techniques, Trainees will have a formal interview with manager where trainee will be evaluated monthly or more frequently if necessary to determine if trainee has learned and is applying the techniques properly, or whether additional training is required in and particular skill area.

7. How will the Trainee/Steward’s acquisition of new skills and competencies be measured?

Manager will evaluate trainees progress monthly and maintain a training evaluation file to gauge the trainees progress and identify obstacles the trainee is encountering.ho

8. Additional Phase Remarks (optional)