Chapter Notes: The Waimanalo Chapter was established in 2016 as a collective of farmers whose goal is to gather community to spread the awareness of Regenerative farming, renewable energy, and aloha aina practices that may benefit our local family farmers for now and future generations.
Meeting Schedule: 2nd Monday of each month.
Meeting Time: 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Meeting Location: ‘Ai Love Nalo (in the back courtyard garden area) 41-1025 Kalanianaole Hwy, Waimanalo, HI 96795
President, Sean Anderson, founded Green Rows Farm in Waimanalo in 2012 to promote ecological farming as a vehicle for raising awareness about the connections between food, health, environment, community, and culture. He is also a founding member and Vice President of the Friends with Farms Cooperative, helping to increase market access for small-scale farmers. Sean is passionate about regenerative farming and celebrating food with community.
Vice President, Paul Izak, Co-founder of Yogarden, a business focused on gathering community for events based in Yoga, Gardening and Music. Paul is a farmer and musician helping to spread awareness for regenerative farming and a health conscious lifestyle through his actions in the aina and through the songs he writes. Also a board member and producer for the Friends with Farms cooperative, Paul is passionate about seeing Hawaii's local food movement continue to grow.
Secretary, Maigee Chang, has lived in Hawaii for over 20 years. Inspired by the passion of farmers to provide healthy, locally grown produce through sustainable practices, she wanted to contribute to the local food movement herself and thus delved into the fascinating world of agriculture. After completing the GoFarm Hawaii program, she started the Farm of the Fearless Monkey in 2015.
Treasurer, Michael Moskowitz is an attorney that moved to Hawai‘i from New York. He has served two sessions at the Hawai‘i State legislature, most recently for the chair of the agriculture committee. Michael also serves on the Board of the Outdoor Circle and was a volunteer at the Waimea Valley Botanical Garden. He has a background in biology and a passion for agroforestry.
Board Member, Kelly Stern, is the co-founder of Yogarden, a Waimanalo based business whose mission is to educate the community in the importance of growing your own food and living a healthy, sustainable lifestyle. Kelly's passion for sustainability grew through consciously choosing what foods to eat and understanding where it came from. She is a full-time farmer and a chef on the side, who actively shares her passion for locally sourced food with farm to table events and creating new ways to share the abundance of this tropical island.
Board Member, Joseph Nolan, is an entrepreneur who specializes in systems integration. He has created business in construction, digital imaging, and wedding planning. His most recent venture has been to develop a high tech, low energy, controlled environment greenhouse with an aquaponics / aeroponic system featuring vertical farming. It has a chemical free nutrient delivery system that supports surrounding gardens, eliminating the need for chemical fertilizers. His passion and dream is to create a system that eliminates fossil fuels in our food system.