Michi is passionate about working with youth and adults, and supporting a variety of practices that help individuals, families and communities experience healthy lives and relationships. Her journey of learning about human wellbeing has been shaped by diverse cultural experiences living in Canada, Hawaiʻi, the Philippines and South Africa, as well as time spent throughout North America, Asia, Europe and Pacific Islands.
Michi‘s awareness of her own relationship to food and food systems began to transform after living in beautiful rural fishing villages in the Philippines as a young adult. As her understanding of the connections between human wellness and food sources has deepened, her commitment to grow food and help others grow food has become a valued part of her life.
Having grown up in a single-parent home, and living in economically diverse parts of the world, Michi is aware of how financial means can hinder access to healthy food. Michi has studied the cost of nutritious food for over 25 years, and has conducted graduate and undergraduate research on the effectiveness of home-gardening to increase access to nutrient-dense food and household food security. She is committed to helping people learn to grow food at home and in their community as vital practices that support local and global food security, social justice, and sustainable futures.
Michi will be supporting the Community Food Systems sites on Maui and the Lokelani Intermediate School Garden. She has worked in the field of education for over 25 years, and studied at University of the Nations, Kapiʻolani Community College, and the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. She has completed a Bachelor and Master of Arts in Sociology, and is currently completing the Go Farm Hawaiʻi training at UH Maui College.