About Hawai'i Farmers Union Foundation (HFUF)
Formed in 2015, Hawaii Farmers Union Foundation (HFUF) is organized under the State of Hawaii Nonprofit Corporation Act. The Internal Revenue Service has also determined HFUF to be a 501(c)3 a tax exempt “public charity” that operates exclusively for educational and other charitable purposes. HFUF is managed by a six-member Board of Directors representing each of Hawaii’s four counties with the HFUF President acting as the CEO.
As stated in our Articles of Incorporation, HFUF’s "primary purposes are to support the sovereign right of farmers to create and sustain vibrant and prosperous agricultural communities for the benefit of all Hawaii 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 501c-5 non profit and President of its non profit arm HFUFoundation 501c-3. Maui County Representative on State Board of Agriculture. Vincent & wife, Irene, co-own and operate organically managed urban family farm, Kahanu Aina Greens LLC since 1994. National Farmers Union Board member representing Hawaii since 2012. Chair of National Farmers Union special committee "Regenerative Agriculture Local Food" (RALF).
Vice President, 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 HFUF Vice President 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. David is also a Board Member of the Keauhou Canoe Club and races on the men’s 70s team.
Treasurer, Gail Byrne Baber has a passion for protecting open spaces, including agricultural lands, and has coordinated numerous natural resource management projects on a landscape and watershed scale. Gail has considerable experience with non-profit organizations. She founded two non-profits and has served as executive director or board member for several others. She also has two degrees in civil engineering. Gail is married to Cab Baber, who has been farming organically in Hawaii for 35+ years and is intimately familiar with the challenges and blessings of growing and building a farm. Gail, Cab, and their daughter live in Kohala on the island of Hawaii (aka Big Island).
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.
It is time to be the change we want to see. We ask for your support to grow the future our grandchildren deserve to enjoy.
Grow, eat, support food grown in Hawaii via sustainable/regenerative* farming methods.
Satisfy human food and fiber needs. Enhance environmental quality and the natural resource base upon which the agriculture economy depends. ... Enhance the quality of life for farmers and society as a whole.
*Regenerative Agriculture Defined (Source: http://www.regenerativeagriculturedefinition.com)
- Regenerative Agriculture is a system of farming principles and practices that increases biodiversity, enriches soils, improves watersheds, and enhances ecosystem services.
- Regenerative Agriculture aims to capture carbon in soil and above ground biomass, reversing current global trends of atmospheric accumulation.
- At the same time, it offers increased yields, resilience to climate instability, and higher health and vitality for farming and ranching communities.
- The system draws from decades of scientific and applied research by the global communities of organic farming, agroecology, Holistic Management, and agroforestry.