Ann Emmsley has her BS in Environmental Resource Management from Penn State and her Masters in Plant Protection and Pest Management from the University of Georgia. I have been teaching agriculture here at UHMC since August 1988. During that time I have taught many different classes including Crop Production, Irrigation, Greenhouse Management, Intro to Horticulture, Agribusiness management, Weed Science, Soil Science, Insects, Plant Disease, Hawaiian Plants, Landscape Design and Maintenance, Turfgrass management, and Hawaiian Food Plants.
The Agriculture Program has three main areas – Sustainable Crop Production, Landscape Horticulture and Cultural and Natural Resource Management. All three share certain courses but each has some courses unique to the degree or certificate. Sustainable Crop production focuses on production agriculture – what most people think of when they think of agriculture. We are working to promote developing new farmers and well as other professionals working in the agriculture field. Landscape horticulture has an emphasis on the “green industry” of landscaping and nursery production. Landscaping and related areas is the largest agriculture sector in Hawaii but its often overlooked. Landscaping also has a big influence on society and sustainability. Students can work in the industry or become landscape entrepreneurs. Cultural and Natural Resource Management is an interdisciplinary area of study that combines agriculture courses with Hawaiian Studies and science courses. The focus is on promoting local people with local values into jobs to protect our natural and cultural resources in the islands.