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New sustainable farming bachelor degree offered at UH West Oahu campus

KAPOLEI, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Students interested in sustainable farming have a new living laboratory at University of Hawaii's West O'ahu campus.

The new organic garden is just one of the tool's the school is using for its newest bachelor's degree: sustainable community food systems.

Students who enroll in this program will learn about the critical balance of "supply and demand" involving food and agriculture in Hawaii.

"The State of Hawai'i is in a fairly vulnerable position in terms of statewide food insecurity in the face of global climate change and any other kind of economic disruption that could take place in the economy," explained UH West O'ahu assistant professor Albie Miles.

One student explained that having access to the garden will allow students to have a more hands-on experience.

"As you can see out in the garden here, we're getting a chance to really get involved in the food system," said UH junior Silvan Shawe. "We're not just studying a textbook and getting the theoretical side of it."

The new degree will be offered beginning in Fall 2015, but only at UH's West O'ahu campus.

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