The New Farmer Expo will bring together emerging and experienced farmers with non-profit, private, and government resource organizations. The Expo will provide participants with an understanding of the challenges and prospects of establishing a viable farm business on Hawai‘i Island, including a pragmatic, step-by-step overview on how to get started.
Hear from successful Hawai‘i Island farmers including Wes Mclaughlin (Three Keiki Farm), Eric Batha (Big Island Produce, known for their Keiki Cukes), Kyle Studer (Southside Farming Company), and others.
Learn what local produce buyers are looking for from David Abrahams (Redwater Café), Mike Bennett (Pau Restaurant), and more.
Find out what becoming certified organic requires from George Bower (Strictly Organics) and Melanie Bondera (Kanalani Ohana Farm). George has provided third-party inspection services for 13 years and Melanie owns a USDA-certified organic farm in Kailua-Kona.
Community and resource groups such as The Kohala Center, Pacific Gateway Center, AgriLogic Consulting, Farm Credit Services, Hāmākua Agricultural Cooperative, Kamehameha Schools, Hawai‘i Small Business Development Center, United States Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Hawaii Department of Agriculture, University of Hawai‘i College or Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, and FarmWorks Hawai‘i will be on hand to discuss programs they offer to assist new and beginning farmers, as well as to answer your questions.
Morning sessions offer panel discussions, Q&A with experienced farmers, and brief talks by island organizations on land acquisition, financing, training programs, crop choice, production methods, business planning, risk management, value-added products, branding, and marketing. Afternoon sessions include films, information booths, one-on-one sessions, and workshops.
This event is open to the public. Those who are serious about pursuing farm careers on Hawai‘i Island are encouraged to attend. Admission is $25 and includes access to all events, a light breakfast, coffee service, and lunch catered by Red Water Café. Advance registration is required by June 13, 2017.
For information or to register, visit farmerexpo.eventbrite.com or contact The Kohala Center at 808-887-6411.
The Hawai‘i Island New Farmer Expo is presented by:
AgriLogic Consulting, LLC | Pacific Gateway Center
U.S. Department of Agriculture | The Kohala Center
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