Do you use Google Earth or Google Maps? Then you have used GIS—or “Geographic Information Systems”—technologies. GIS lets us visualize, question, analyze, interpret, and understand data to reveal relationships, patterns, and trends.

In agriculture, GIS can reveal where the best soil types are for crops, or provide farm management tools to track harvests, watering cycles, and aid with pest management.

On July 7, 2015, the Sustainable Living Institute of Maui (SLIM) at UH-Maui College (UHMC) is pleased to offer a 4-hour training: “Introduction to GIS for Farmers” with instructor Sarah McLane.

This course is specialized for those in the agriculture industry to learn how to apply the technical skills and software systems to daily work on their farms or ranches. Knowledge of GIS technologies and application can lead to improved farm and natural resource management, and even higher wage jobs.

“Our students choose projects to apply GIS technologies for pressing real-world problems. It has been an incredibly empowering experience for the students to see how their new skills can be used to bring about positive change in their communities,” said UHMC lead instructor for the GIS program, Sarah McLane.

This course also teaches students how to use interactive social marketing tools if you are interested in agritourism on your property. Sign up online or call EdVenture at 984-3231 to register today. Learn how this technology has worked for other farms and how you can use GIS in innovative ways in agriculture!

EdVenture/SLIM Course:Introduction to GIS for Farmers
Tuesday, July 7 from 4:00PM-8:00 PM
Location: UH-Maui College
Instructor: Sarah McLane
Tuition: $115.00