About Hawai'i Farmers Union Foundation (HFUF)
Formed in 2015, Hawaii Farmers Union Foundation (HFUF) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization managed by an eight member Board of Directors. Each of Hawaii’s four counties is represented on the Board of Directors and the HFUF President represents the HFUF in its entirety. Recognized by the State of Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs under the Hawaii Nonprofit Corporation Act, HFUF is organized and operates exclusively for charitable purposes.
As stated in our Articles of Incorporation, HFUF’s primary purpose is to support the sovereign right of farmers to create and sustain vibrant and prosperous agricultural communities for the benefit of all Hawaii Nei, including future generations, through various scientific, educational and charitable activities. (Our Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws are available upon request.)
HFUF has been awarded grants from Hawaii Department of Agriculture (HDOA), the Atherton Foundation, Kamehameha Schools and Maui County. Since HFUF is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, your donations are tax deductible as allowed by law.
President, Vincent Mina: Husband, father of 2, President & founding member of HFUU. Maui County Rep. on HI Board of Agriculture. Since 1993, Vince & wife, Irene, have co-owned organically managed urban family farm, Kahanu Aina Greens LLC. Chair of Natl. Farmers Union special committee “Regenerative Agriculture Local Food” (RALF). Loves to farm/garden, swim in the ocean & jacuzzi in Iao river.
Vice President/Treasurer - Anny Bruch is an international development professional with 25 years of experience with agricultural and community development projects in the Americas. Her expertise in evaluation, NGO management and training has served many organizations. Anny has a farm on the Hawaiian Island of Kauai, serves as Vice President and Treasurer for HFUF (Hawaii Farmers Union Foundation), and is certified in KNF (Korean Natural Farming).
Secretary, David Case: Before becoming the founding president of HFUU-Kona Chapter in 2012, David spent 35 years as an attorney in Alaska representing Alaska Native tribes, corporations and municipal govern-ments. Prior to HFUU, he served as the Board Secretary of The Coffee Berry Borer Task Force to assist coffee farmers in the fight against the Coffee Berry Borer. Board member: Keauhou Canoe Club
Director, Karen Reid moved to Maui in 2011 and began working in the restaurant industry where she learned that 85-90% of Hawai’i’s food is imported. This inequity inspired her to join HFUU’s Haleakala chapter in support of local farmers. Karen then served as the State VP and Treasurer bringing Quickbooks expertise to the organization. Karen's "day job" is in accounts payable at Mama’s Fish House.
Director, Steven Lund is owner and founder of Hawaiian Sanctuary, an eco-educational retreat and healing center. For the last decade, the Hawaiian Sanctuary family has been committed to rebuilding the soil and natural habitats. He holds two certifications in permaculture, as well as natural farming with Master Cho, Kim ChongSuk Chang and JADAM (Jayonul Damun Saramdul).
Director, Christian Zuckerman is the farm manager and long-term community member of Kahumana Organic Farms. Christian was raised in Wai’anae and feels a deep connection and commitment to supporting the Wai’anae Coast. After graduating in 2012 from the University of Puget Sound, Christian returned home to Wai’anae and has been an active farmer and supporter of the community ever since.