Primary Exempt Purpose and Programs

PRIMARY PURPOSE:  The Corporation'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 through various scientific, educational and charitable activities.

PROGRAMS Rapid response to disruption of food supply lines as a result of shutdown of all but essential businesses., with funding through the foundation from a variety of sources, is focused on creating a direct pathway from local producers to Maui consumers utilizing a custom CSA model with five distribution points. The project intends to be a long-term solution toward local food security in support of local producers.

Farm Apprentice Mentoring (FAM) Program: Funded by Maui County and in cooperation with the University of Hawaii and mentor farmers, the FAM Program provides the education, skills and supporting network beginning farmers need to be successful in their agricultural enterprises. FAM Webpage

Ku'ia Agricultural Education Center (KAEC): With funding from Kamehameha Schools, KAEC educates students and community members in the Hawaiian agricultural traditions and history of the Lahaina area of Maui Island. Its ultimate goal is the restoration of the Lahaina ulu (breadfruit) forest and ecosystem. Website. Award: 2019 Best of Lahaina Awards - School

Kauai Flood Relief and Reconstruction Project: Funded by the Hawaii Department of Agriculture, this Project aided East Kauai Island farmers devastated by the 2018 Kauai floods to restore their lands and farming operations with direct grants, training workshops and a tool lending facility.

Waianae Food Hub Project:  This Project used a Grant in Aid from the Hawaii Legislature to establish and operate a food hub where local, mostly Native Hawaiian farmers, could take their crops for sale and value-added processing on West Oahu Island.

Rat Lungworm Prevention Project:  This Project provided funds to educate residents of a remote community on Maui Island in the procedures to be followed to prevent human exposure to the debilitating rat lungworm parasite.

Food Safety Training Project:  This Project provides training at various sites throughout Hawaii in Federal Food Safety requirements and steps farmers can take to comply with those requirements.