Bernard Opoku, Farmer and Entrepreneur
Native Ghanaian Bernard Opoku completed an internship with Worldwide Farmers Exchange between 2007 and 2009 while he was placed at Piliwale Produce, a Hawaiian farm in Kula, Maui.
At Piliwale Produce, Bernard gained experience growing Asian and Western vegetables, both for wholesale and direct to consumer. His host, Patricia Daniells, helped him to better understand the business of farming and worked with him to develop a business plan, as well as rent his own space at the nearby farmers market. She then gave him a plot of land to grow his own produce, which he direct marketed himself. His crops included corn, herbs, and a variety of shade house vegetables.
Described by host Patricia as “a kind person and an astute go-getter,” Bernard is grateful for the invaluable one-on-one time he received from his mentor. As a result of his WFE experience, he considers himself well equipped for a career in agriculture, both as a farmer and an entrepreneur.