During the past several years, our Hawai‘i Island communities have become increasingly concerned about creating ecologically and economically sustainable, local food systems.
The Hawai‘i Homegrown Food Network builds capacity for Hawai‘i Island to feed itself sustainably by linking food system stakeholders at all levels and promoting collaborations and partnerships between all participants.
We support a vibrant and sustainable local food system by accelerating the exchange of relevant information and knowledge between stakeholders, connecting all strata of the agricultural economy, and raising awareness in the general public and media.
Long-term goals of the Hawai‘i Homegrown Food Network include:
- Form an active network of all parties interested in creating a more sustainable Hawai‘i Island food system.
- Educate growers, marketers, consumers, educators, grassroots and conventional organizations, businesses, and policymakers about local, sustainable food.
- Promote Hawai‘i Island agricultural commerce and products, resulting in increased consumer demand, and more small businesses and jobs within the food system, from grower to retailer.
- Build capacity of Hawai‘i Island residents to grow and purchase local food that is not dependent on imported fuel, fertilizer, and chemical inputs.
- Improve private-public partnerships for infrastructure development throughout the local, sustainable grower-to-consumer food system.
- Support a diverse food culture grounded in organically grown, fresh food prepared with care and love.
- Support community nutrition based on a diet of fresh, healthy food
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Craig Elevitch, Co-Director, agroforestry and sustainable agriculture specialist and educator, North Kona
Pedro Tama, Co-Director, community educator and regional networker, North Kona
Prana Mandoe, East-side Network Correspondent, teacher, Kua o ka La Public Charter School, Hilo
Craig Elevitch has been working for Hawai‘i Island resource self-sufficiency since 1989. His internationally recognized publications have guided thousands of readers in becoming more proficient in ecological food production, agroforestry, and reforestation. Craig edits The Overstory, a monthly agroforestry journal with 8,000 subscribers in over 180 countries. He lead the Traditional Tree Initiative (200206), a project to educate extension agents, farmers, ranchers and landowners about native and traditional trees of the Pacific (TraditionalTree.org). He has coordinated numerous workshops and field days in sustainable agriculture, with over 1,900 farmers and resource professionals participating since 1993. He coordinated the Hawai‘i Island Homegrown: Food Self-Reliance Workshops in 200809, with over 200 participants and 28 speakers. He authored the popular Pathways to Abundant Gardens: A pictorial guide to successful organic growing (2007). He has just completed the free publication Hawai‘i Island Homegrown: Start-up guide for an organic self-reliance garden, a publication of the Hawai‘i County Resource Center.
Pedro Tama is an editor, community organizer, and former environmental activist. He founded and was Executive Director of the Siskiyou Regional Education Project, a non-profit networking organization for the Klamath-Siskiyou Bioregion (about twice the size of Hawai‘i Island). He was editor of the Siskiyou Journal, a monthly bioregional report of local culture, environmental issues and organizations. He has extensive experience coordinating bioregional sustainability conferences in SW Oregon and NW California, which brought together a broad range of stakeholders.
Prana Mandoe is a mother, teacher, gardener, and writer who lives and works on the east side of Hawai'i island. She believes that a compost pile is the heart of the garden, and that growing and cooking food with children is the best way to teach health.
Supporting organizations of the Hawai'i Homegrown Food Network
Project advisors have extensive experience in sustainable local food in Hawai‘i and represent a broad range of locations and interests. They are playing an advisory role and support project activities, and will provide consultation and feedback periodically throughout the project.
Amanda Rieux, teacher at Mala ‘Ai Culinary Garden at Waimea Middle School
Andrea Dean, project manager, How Hawaii Eats, Kapa‘au
Bruce Mathews, professor of Soil Science, UH Hilo
Deborah Ward, retired UH CTAHR extension agent and farmer, Kea‘au
Geoff Rauch, director of Know Your Farmer Alliance and farmer, Kapoho
Hector Valenzuela, vegetable crops extension specialist, UH Manoa
Jerry Konanui, mahi 'ai and educator, Pahoa
Joe Kassel, naturopathic physician and farmer, Holualoa
Ken Love, tropical fruit horticulture and marketing specialist, Captain Cook
Lyn Howe, director of Know Your Farmer Alliance and farmer, Kapoho
Mary Lynn Garner, Konawaena High School teacher and farmer, Kealakekua
Nancy Miller, marketing specialist and manager of Keauhou Farmers’ Market
Roen & Ken Hufford, Honopua Farm, managers, Hawaiian Homestead Farmers Market, Waimea
Ted Radovich, crop specialist, Sustainable Farming Systems Laboratory, UH Manoa
Hawai'i Homegrown Food Network Newsletter
Agroforestry.net is pleased to present a monthly publication for Hawai'i Island: the Hawai'i Homegrown Food Network e-mail newsletter. The goal is to support and strengthen our Hawai'i Island sustainable and organic local food system: growers (farmers and gardeners), processors, wholesalers and marketers, retailers (stores and restaurants), and you and I -- eaters.
The newsletter features upcoming events, web resources, and other news for the Grow Local/Eat Local Food movement. Enjoy!
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Editors: Craig Elevitch & Pedro Tama
Hawai'i Homegrown Food Network Newsletter #12, March 2010
Hawai'i Homegrown Food Network Newsletter #11, February 2010
Hawai'i Homegrown Food Network Newsletter #10, January 2010
Hawai'i Homegrown Food Network Newsletter #9, December 2009
Hawai'i Homegrown Food Network Newsletter #8, November 2009
Hawai'i Homegrown Food Network Newsletter #7, October 2009
Hawai'i Homegrown Food Network Newsletter #6, September, 2009
Hawai'i Homegrown Food Network Newsletter #5, August, 2009
Hawai'i Homegrown Food Network Newsletter #4, July, 2009
Hawai'i Homegrown Food Network Newsletter #3, June, 2009
Hawai'i Homegrown Food Network Newsletter #2, May, 2009
Hawai'i Homegrown Food Network Newsletter #1, April, 2009
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