Posts by hfuu@hfuuhi.org

Hawai‘i’s Food System: Food for All

Executive Summary: This report examines the food system of Hawai’i with special attention to low-income access to food. To do so, we examine the conditions under which low-income people currently obtain food. Then we examine the history of agriculture. Next we profile several promising food initiatives. Finally, we make recommendations for strengthening community-based food systems…

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On the Threshold of a Dream: Convention News

“I dream of a Hawai’i that can feed herself.” Them: “In this political climate?! You MUST be dreaming!” “Yeah, well, it’s all a process….” And here we are, NOW, on the threshold of another major milestone for Hawai’i Farmers Union United, in service to family farmers and the ohana’s they feed. We are in the…

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President’s Report, 2017 NFU Summer Meeting

HFUU President Report Summer Meeting, July 9-13, 2017 National Farmers Union Board of Directors The 2017 summer meeting was held in Jamestown, North Dakota, a first in this neck of the woods for me. North Dakota Farmers Union has an impressive home base in Jamestown with one acre under roof and their offices and insurance…

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14 Graduate from HFUF-HFUU Farm Apprentice Mentoring (FAM) Program

Congratulations go out to the fourteen apprentices (see list below with their visions) in the Farm Apprentice Mentoring (FAM) Program who graduated from Phase 1 of HFUU’s farmer training program Thursday, June 29th,  at UH-Maui College. Equipped with over 250 hours of course work and on farm demonstrations in regenerative agricultural practices,  FAM this year had 10 farm mentors, who…

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HI Ag Conference, AG2017, Seeking Presenters

The 2017 Ag Conference call for proposals was extended to April 17. Review the call for proposal here.  Application is at the bottom of the page:  http://www.hiagconference.org/submit-proposal.html The Agricultural Leadership Foundation of Hawai‘i (ALFH) will host the Hawai‘i Agriculture Conference, AG2017, on August 29-30, 2017 at the Hawai‘i Convention Center. The Hawai‘i AG2017 Organizing Committee…

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Haleakala Chapter President’s Report for March 2017

Aloha mai Kākou, Mahalo to everyone on this mailing list for supporting the ongoing efforts of the HFUU Haleakalā Chapter to create and sustain vibrant and prosperous agriculture community.  Mahalo especially to our tireless volunteers without whom our chapter would not function.  These people organize the meeting, find sponsors, cook food, prepare presentations clean up…

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A Pilgrimage for On Farm Mentoring

On Tuesday, February 24th at the pre-crack of dawn three FAM apprentices, Georgia Pinsky, Rayden (Ola) Kekona and Deneane Hanby along with FAM mentor, Bobby Pahia, HFUF President, Simon Russell, and FAM Program Director, Phyllis Robinson took the first flight from Maui bound for the state capitol. Our mission:  To meet with elected Senators and…

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Job Opening: Maui HFUU Chapter FAM Program

Job Opening – Farm Apprentice Mentoring (FAM) Program Hawaii Farmers Union United  Assistant Program Director FAM Assistant Program Director would have experience as a farmer on Maui, and have excellent writing and communication skills, extensive computer and social media skills, strong knowledge of the Hawaii Farmers Union and how to connect FAM program apprentices with…

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2017 National Young Farmers Survey

Dear Farmers and Ranchers, Thank you for taking time to participate in the National Young Farmers Coalition’s 2017 survey, created in partnership with George Washington University. We will use this information to guide our work, craft our next policy platform, and help break down the barriers facing young people looking to enter agriculture. Your responses…

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Support Tiny House Legislation – House Bill (HB2)

Tiny Houses are capturing the imagination as a creative solution to Hawaii’s affordable housing crisis. State Representative Cindy Evans has a pivotal new House Bill (HB2) on the floor that has passed review by both the Agriculture and Judiciary Committees and is now heading for a vote on the floor of the House of Representatives…

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