Breadfruit Agroforestry Workshops 2018

Regenerating abundant, diverse, and profitable landscapes 

Harvesting breadfruit by hand.Learn about planting, caring for, harvesting, and consuming breadfruit. The Breadfruit Institute of the National Tropical Botanical Garden (NTBG) in collaboration with Agroforestry Net is presenting six one-day workshops on growing and caring for breadfruit and regenerating Hawai‘i’s agricultural lands with breadfruit agroforestry. The workshops will be held 8:30 am - 4:00 pm at each location. 

Workshop dates

  • February 9, NTBG Headquarters, Kalaheo, Kauai (Kauai flyer PDF)
  • February 10, NTBG Headquarters, Kalaheo, Kauai (Kauai flyer PDF)
  • March 3, Maui Nui Botanical Gardens, Kahului, Maui
  • March 9, Kealakekua Ranch Center, Kona, Hawaii Island
  • March 15, UH Waimanalo Research Station, Waimanalo, Oahu
  • March 16, Foster Botanical Garden, Honolulu, Oahu

Deepen your knowledge of breadfruit in many areas from planting to consuming it. Growers, homeowners, processors, sellers, chefs/restaurateurs, consumers, educators, policymakers, and others interested in regenerating breadfruit are encouraged to attend.

The workshop fee is $35. Space is limited so please register early. Registration is required. Please see below for details on workshop topics, presenters, locations, and sponsors


Registration is a two part process. First, please begin registration by filling out a short form and pre-survey so that we can get to know you a little better and tailor the workshop to the group's needs. Second, after you fill out the form, you will be redirected to Eventbrite to sign up for the workshop and pay the registration fee ($35/person). Begin registration here

Workshop topics

Auntie Shirley Kauhaihao displays Sam Choy breadfruit dishes.Auntie Shirley Kauhaihao displays Sam Choy's breadfruit dishes. The workshop will introduce a range of products that can be made from breadfruit.Breadfruit is an iconic tree that has been cultivated sustainably by Pacific peoples for centuries in landscapes that we today call "agroforestry". Agroforestry combines a diversity of trees, shrubs, and crops together in forest-like plantings that provide multiple economic and environmental benefits.

For the first time in history, breadfruit is being commercialized on an increasingly large scale. This is a unique opportunity for participants to learn from experts in breadfruit varieties, agroforestry, tree care, organic techniques, product development, and economic analysis. Workshop topics include

  • Growing breadfruit harmoniously with other crops
  • Breadfruit variety characteristics
  • Tree planting, care, and pruning
  • Grower perspective (establishment & management)
  • Regenerative organic agroforestry
  • Nutritional benefits of breadfruit
  • Developing value-added products
  • Organic techniques for breadfruit
  • Economic projections

multi species illustration 3 Edit–© 2000 Permanent Agriculture Resources Growing breadfruit together with other crops can help increase total production for both family consumption and commercial purposes.As we consider the importance of farm sustainability both economically and environmentally, breadfruit is an ideal crop for agroforestry. The advantages of growing breadfruit together with other crops instead of single-commodity plantings include: 

  • Ability to build soil and regenerate degraded lands
  • Creation of a crop portfolio, rather than relying upon just one or two crops
  • Mitigate the risks of weather extremes
  • Attain higher overall productivity and profitability

Participants will leave the workshops with an in-depth perspective on the opportunities and challenges of regenerative organic agroforestry with breadfruit, breadfruit establishment and care, product options, and economic evaluation. 


Registration is a two part process. First, please begin registration by filling out a short form and pre-survey so that we can get to know you a little better and tailor the workshop to the group's needs. Second, after you fill out the form, you will be redirected to Eventbrite to sign up for the workshop and pay the registration fee ($35/person). Begin registration here. 


Dr. Diane Ragone (all workshops)

Diane Ragone, Breadfruit Institute

Dr. Ragone is an authority on the conservation and use of breadfruit. She has conducted horticultural and ethnobotanical studies on this important Pacific staple crop for 35 years in 50 Pacific islands and helped establish and curate the world’s largest conservation collection of breadfruit with 150 varieties. She has served as Director of the National Tropical Botanical Garden’s Breadfruit Institute since its creation in 2003 to promote the conservation, study, and use of breadfruit for food and reforestation. She is co-director of Ho‘oulu ka ‘Ulu—Revitalizing Breadfruit, and serves as Affiliate Graduate Faculty at the University of Hawaii in the Department of Tropical Plant & Soil Sciences and the Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology program, and received a MS and PhD in Horticulture from UH. She is a member of the Society for Economic Botany, International Society for Horticultural Sciences, and the Explorers Club. Dr. Ragone has written over 100 publications on breadfruit, horticulture, and native Hawaiian plants. In 2015 she was honored as the University of Hawaii’s College of Tropical Agriculture’s Distinguished Alumna and in 2016 received the Garden Club of America’s Medal of Honor.

Craig Elevitch (all workshops)

Craig Elevitch, Agroforestry NetCraig Elevitch has been an educator in agroforestry and sustainable agroecosystems since 1993. He is co-director of Ho‘oulu ka ‘Ulu—Revitalizing Breadfruit and agroforestry director of the Pacific Regional Breadfruit Initiative, projects established in 2010 to foster economically and environmentally regenerative breadfruit agroforests in Pacific Island landscapes. He directs Agroforestry Net, a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to agroforestry and ecological resource management. The organization’s internationally recognized publications and workshops have guided thousands in becoming more proficient in food production, agroforestry, and reforestation. Craig has facilitated numerous agroforestry workshops in the Pacific, with over 5,000 producers and resource professionals participating since 1993. His agroforestry publications have garnered millions of Internet downloads since 2000. These include Agroforestry Guides for Pacific Islands (2000), Traditional Trees of Pacific Islands: Their Culture, Environment, and Use (2006), Specialty Crops for Pacific Islands (2011), Breadfruit Production Guide: Recommended practices for growing, harvesting, and handling (2014), and Agroforestry Landscapes for Pacific Islands: Creating abundant and resilient food systems (2015), all of which advance diverse agricultural systems that are environmentally and ecologically sustainable.

Heidi Leianuenue Bornhorst (all workshops)

Heidi Leianuenue Bornhorst, Pruning for ProductivityHeidi Leianuenue Bornhorst, owner of Pruning for Productivity, is a Certified Arborist, Horticulturist, and Landscape Designer specializing in appropriate and practical landscapes designs and plantings in Hawaii. She is an expert on native Hawaiian plants, sustainable food production, aquaponics, and xeriscape gardens. Heidi is an accomplished and dynamic public speaker and Garden writer. She has worked at the Hale Koa Hotel, Honolulu Botanic Gardens, Lyon Arboretum, Honolulu Zoo, and the University of Hawai`i at Manoa, and consults on numerous projects for businesses, homeowners, schools, and nonprofit organizations. Heidi serves as the O`ahu Coordinator for the Breadfruit Institute’s Plant a Tree of Life project, advising on breadfruit tree planting, care, pruning, and long-term tree care. Heidi got her start in the Green Industry as an Apprentice Gardener at the National Tropical Botanical Garden on Kauai, and has a B.S. and M.S. in Horticulture from UH Manoa. She is a member of the Outdoor Circle, the Garden Club of Honolulu, and the Landscape Industry Council of Hawaii and serves on the boards of the Halawa Xeriscape Garden, Kapi`olani Park Preservation Society, Friends of Honolulu Botanic Gardens, and Scenic Hawaii Inc. Heidi is author of the popular book Growing Native Hawaiian Plants, and writes the Hawai`i Gardens column for the Honolulu Star Advertiser newspaper.

John Cadman (Maui workshop)

John Cadman, Maui Breadfruit CompanyJohn Cadman is a chef, entrepreneur, and educator who is passionate about breadfruit. Previous to founding Maui Breadfruit Company in 2013, John worked in the hotel industry and as a School Food Service Manager for 15 years (Haiku School, King Kekaulike High School, Kamehameha Schools). Maui Breadfruit Company has won numerous awards in its short period of operation including the Maui Ag Fest, Whole Foods Hawaii ‘Ono Awards, Sustainable Dishes Maui Time and others. John’s mission is to restore breadfruit as a major food crop in the Hawaiian Islands. He is continually working on developing new value added breadfruit products, campaigning to get breadfruit planted in all Hawaii schools, and consulting for other value-added producers. John has an on-going partnership with the Breadfruit Institute.

Noel Dickinson (Kauai, Hawaii Island workshops)

Noel Dickinson, Breadfruit InstituteNoel Dickinson, born and raised in Hawai’i, is passionate about sustainable, tropical agricultural practices that are ecologically and socially conscious. She strives to put into practice concepts and theories she has learned academically as well as through her experience farming. She brings this same enthusiasm to her family’s small farming venture, Waikahe Farms, where neem trees are grown, fruits harvested, processed, and value-added products are created on Kauai. While attending the College of Agriculture, Forestry, and Natural Resource Management at the University of Hawaii Hilo, Noel earned a Plant Tissue Culture Certification for breadfruit micropropagation and a B.S. in Tropical Plant Science and Agroecology. After working as a Horticultural Technician in the McBryde Garden of National Tropical Botanical Garden, Noel had the opportunity to join the Breadfruit Institute team as a Research Technician. Noel manages a dynamic breadfruit agroforestry demonstration centered around the McBryde Garden Breadfruit Research Orchard and assists with various research projects related to NTBG’s breadfruit conservation collection and information resources.

Paul Massey (Kauai workshops)

Paul Massey, Regenerations Botanical GardenPaul is co-founder and director of Regenerations Botanical Garden, and serves as project manager of Kaua`i Food Forest, a 2-acre multistory agroforestry site with over 200 plant varieties located on Kaua`i’s north shore. In 2017, he was contracted to establish Phase 1 of the Breadfruit Institute’s Agroforestry Demonstration Site, located at the NTBG’s McBryde Garden. Paul offers consultation and installation services for agroforestry projects to the residential and commercial markets. 



Dr. Carmen Nochera (Kauai workshops)

Carmen NocheraDr. Carmen Nochera is a professor of nutrition at Grand Valley State University in Michigan where she designs curriculum and teaches courses in Food Science & Technology and in Nutrition & Dietetics. She has a PhD in Food Science and Nutrition and an MA in Science Education from the University of Rhode Island. Dr. Nochera is a Registered Dietician/Nutritionist and actively involved in community outreach on health and nutrition for diverse communities and audiences on critical health topics such as nutrition and weight control, heart-smart diets, weight management, fat and cholesterol, and aging and nutrition. She is a member of the Society for Nutrition Education, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Institute of Food Technologists, and several Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Practice Groups. Dr. Nochera has been involved in research on breadfruit flour since 1992 including developing and evaluating value-added products such as bread, biscuits, extruded cereal, and most recently, a ready-to-eat bar.


Gerry Ross (Maui workshop)

Gerry RossGerry Ross is co-owner and operator together with Janet Simpson of Kupa'a Farms, a 16 acre organic farm on the slopes of Haleakala on Maui. The farm raises coffee, vegetables and tropical fruit and focuses on sustainable agricultural practices that include composting of island food waste, crop rotation, cover crops, and the creation and maintenance of a biologically diverse farm with the intent of maintaining soil quality and decreasing soil erosion. Gerry has taught classes for Maui residents on organic and sustainable agriculture for over 10 years. Originally trained as an earth scientist, he has turned the power of thoughtful observation into a solid and very tasty farm.



Ted Radovich (Oahu workshops)

Ted RadovichDr. Radovich is an associate specialist in the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa (UHM). Ted received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. from UHM and his Ph.D. from Ohio State University. In addition to serving as WSARE PDP State co-coordinator, Ted co-coordinates the Sustainable and Organic Agriculture Program at UH Manoa and is principle investigator of the Sustainable and Organic Farming Systems Laboratory. The links between ecological farming practices, yield and crop quality are the primary focus of his lab's research. Ted also teaches multiple classes, including Herbs, Spices and Flavorings, Organic Food Crop Production and Vegetable Crop production.

Workshop locations

Links are given below for Google maps of each workshop location. As part of each workshop will be held outdoors, please bring sun protection (hat, long sleeves, sun screen, etc.), rain jacket, mosquito repellent (if you are sensitive), and wear shoes suitable for walking outdoors. Registered participants will receive detailed logistics information a few days before the workshop takes place. 

February 9, Harrison Chandler Education Center, NTBG Headquarters, Kalaheo, Kauai [Google map]

February 10, Harrison Chandler Education Center, NTBG Headquarters, Kalaheo, Kauai [Google map]

March 3, Maui Nui Botanical Gardens, Kahului, Maui [Google map]

March 9, Kealakekua Ranch Center, Kona, Hawaii Island

March 15, UH Waimanalo Research Station, Waimanalo, Oahu [Google map]

March 16, Foster Botanical Garden, Honolulu, Oahu [Google map]


The workshop is co-sponsored by Patagonia Provisions® and the State of Hawai‘i Department of Agriculture and presented by the Breadfruit Institute, National Tropical Botanical Garden and Agroforestry Net. Local hosts include Maui Nui Botanical Garden (Kahului), Foster Botanical Garden (Honolulu) and the Sustainable and Organic Farming Systems Program, UH Manoa (Waimanalo).

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