2021 HFUU Body & Soil Convention
Kohala, Hawai'i | Saturday, August 7th

*Registration will close Friday July 30th

MAHALO NUI to our sponsors!

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  • Connection

  • Mindfulness

  • Farm Tours

  • Local Meals 

  • Tea Panel

  • & More! 

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2021 HFUU Annual Convention
November 11-14, 2021
Hawai'i Taro Farm | Waikapu, Maui

Hele Mai to this field of dreams at Hawaii Taro Farm in Waikapu, Maui in partnership with HFUU, which will be physically holding our 11th annual convention November 11-14. 
 
This space being held will have the grass mowed and mulched, with a network of tents and venues there to provide expert presentations in educational outreach, along with many networking opportunities for leaders, producers, and consumers alike, from across our islands, celebrating local agriculture as it is and needs to evolve, providing the best food possible for the people of Hawaii Nei.
 
 This event will showcase numerous tracks of what makes up a whole system of agriculture from soil health, nutrient cycling, cropping systems of fruits and veggies, specialty crops as in hemp, coffee, tea production along with food hub distribution network, value added products, work force development, physical and mental health support and so much more.  
 
Guiding our way forward with an intention to support of our family of farmers in making a living at agriculture, while having all of the infrastructural support needed in the development of a resilient and sustainable whole system of agriculture throughout Hawaii Nei.
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Bobby Pahia Hawaii Taro Farm, Vincent Mina President of HFUU meeting with Rich Donavan of Theatrix who will be supplying state of the art audio visual infrastructure for our upcoming 11th annual convention Nov 11-14th, 2021.
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2020 HFUU Annual Convention
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Click the 2020 HFUU Convention Members Business Meeting and Election Minutes ~ Draft link below to view and download a pdf.

2020 HFUU Convention Minutes ~ Draft

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Our Work

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Cooperation

HFUU represents and advocates for family farmers and ranchers on all of the Hawaiian Islands. Our members represent: Farm Owners/Operators, Foodies, Ranchers, Gardeners, Perma-culturalists, Cultural practitioners, Landscapers, and Suppliers & Businesses that are part of the local food chain.

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Education

HFUU and NFU (National Farmers Union) membership offers educational opportunities for youth and adults at local, state and national levels; an On-Farm Mentoring (FAM) Program in Hawaii, Internship Program in Washington, D.C., and many others.

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Legislation

The HFUU Legislative Committee participates collaboratively with the Policy Committee, coalitions, organizations, and agencies to articulate, promote and work to establish legislation and policies that align with the mission and vision of HFUU.

Blog: Union Statewide News and Updates

HFUU Supported Legislative Action: HB 2105

By hfuu@hfuuhi.org | February 15, 2018

The House Energy & Environmental Protection committee has scheduled a hearing for Friday, February 16 at 2 p.m. on the following bill: HB2105 HD1 – Relating to Agriculture Appropriates funds to the Department of Agriculture for the establishment and administration of the Agriculture Grant Program to support local food production in the State. HB 2105, HD1…

Testimony in Support of HB2102 (Nutrient Cycling) before House Ag Committee

By hfuu@hfuuhi.org | February 12, 2018

TESTIMONY IN SUPPORT OF HB2102 (NUTRIENT CYCLING) BEFORE THE HOUSE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE Hearing Date: February 14, 2018, 9:00AM Aloha Chairman Creagan, Vice Chair DeCoite and Members of the House Committee on Agriculture. The Hawaii Farmers Union United (“HFUU”) appreciates the opportunity to testify in support of HB2102 to fund a pilot project to recycle local…

HFUU Supported Legislative Action: HB 2301

By hfuu@hfuuhi.org | February 12, 2018

The House Energy & Environmental Protection committee has scheduled a hearing for Tuesday, February 13 at 8:30 a.m. on the following bill: RELATING TO INVASIVE SPECIES PROGRAM ADMINISTRATION. Restructures the Hawaii Invasive Species Council as the Hawaii Invasive Species Authority, administratively attached to the Department of Agriculture, to coordinate implementation of the Hawaii Interagency Biosecurity…

2017 Census of Agriculture gets underway

By hfuu@hfuuhi.org | December 5, 2017

USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service has started mailing the 2017 Census of Agriculture to our nation’s producers. Mailing in phases, all census questionnaires should be received by late December. The deadline to respond is February 5, 2018. Producers can respond online at www.agcensus.usda.gov (take advantage of new time-saving features and the convenience of being accessible…

Hawai‘i’s Food System: Food for All

By hfuu@hfuuhi.org | August 26, 2017

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…

On the Threshold of a Dream: Convention News

By hfuu@hfuuhi.org | August 25, 2017

“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…

Business Development Series – Archive

By David Fisher | August 11, 2017

General Overview of Series – slides with narrative (15 min) Series Outline Version 1.0 –  Subject to change as we determine needs Contact Sheet – Please add your name and the contact info you are willing to share with other participants. Facebook Group – Please join “HFU Regenerative Business Development Group” for updates and dialog.…

President’s Report, 2017 NFU Summer Meeting

By hfuu@hfuuhi.org | July 19, 2017

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…

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

By hfuu@hfuuhi.org | July 17, 2017

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…

HI Ag Conference, AG2017, Seeking Presenters

By hfuu@hfuuhi.org | April 4, 2017

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…