Spent a couple hours at our State Capitol today for Ag Day. Lots of ag-supporting organizations and some producers exhibiting so that our legislators can learn more about our industry. Nice side benefit is seeing industry friends and learning (always learning) about what each other does. Already identified a couple opportunities to further benefit our clients! See if you can identify the people and organizations from these terrible, random, smartphone pics!
Not literally, but the ones that matter for our clients, in one handy guide
Don't miss out on learning about the Specialty Crop Block Grant. It's a grant that many of our clients have received. All locations 9a-1p. Register at 808-973-9595 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday, February 7, 2017
Plant Quarantine Conference Room
1849 Auiki Street
Wednesday, February 8, 2017
Molokai UH CTAHR Classroom
69-1 Puupeelua Ave.
Thursday, February 9, 2017
UH CTAHR Kona Cooperative Extension Office
Conference Room, 79-7381 Mamalahoa Hwy.
Friday, February 10, 2017
State Building, Conference Room B & C
75 Aupuni Street
Monday, February 13, 2017
HDOA Maui Conference Room
35 Mua Street
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Kauai Community College OCET Room 106
3-1901 Kaumualii Hwy.
Each year the Specialty Food Association holds its Winter show in San Francisco (they also have a Summer one in New York). If you are making a food product, this is something you should definitely check out if you have the chance--great educational classes and you can see products from 1400+ manufacturers of specialty foods. Seeing the packaging and presentation, food trends, and flavor combinations will give you a lot of good ideas.
A whole bunch of pictures from the show with captions (some are relevant to clients of ours) with captions. Also, we were there during the Women's March and so joined the thousands and thousands of people marching for Women's issues.
UH Cooperative Extension and Cornell's Produce Safety Alliance are teaming up to offer this great opportunity to learn about FSMA and food safety. Geared for growers as well as those who want to train others. 2/27-2/28/17 at the Ala Moana Hotel. Hawaii Farm Bureau members get free or subsidized attendance and transportation costs* so everyone across the state welcome! (probably worth becoming a meber just for this!) Checkout the PDF file below for details.
Leafy green and vegetable growers should be encouraged as they will be first affected.
* Farm Bureau is funding the fees and transportation for our members to attend and receive certification for the GAP portion of the Cornell presentation on 2/27/17. This (GAP) is a requirement for the Food Safety Modernization Act. To become members, contact the Hawaii Farm Bureau officeat 808-848-2074 or contact the individual counties on each island for membership information.
Based on membership participation, a proration of expenses may be required.
Presented at workshop put on by O'ahu Resource Conservation & Development in Kahalu'u today. Nice turnout and learned (as always) a lot from other presenters: Oahu RC&D, CTAHR Extension, WCC Agripreneurs and O'ahu Food Hub, Permaculture Design Institute, Hawaii Natural Farming, Oahu Aquaponics, and Hawaii Ag Mediation Center
Should you use a distributor for your products? There are many reasons to do so (less effort, greater reach, etc.) but here's an interesting and concise article from a craft mustard maker on why he loves to do it himself:
We're proud to have been able to contribute in a small way to the success of these winners of the first three Mahi'ai Matchup contests, put on by Ke Ali'i Pauahi Foundation:
2014: 1st place winners, Holoholo General Store
2015: 2nd place winner, Counter Culture
2016: 1st place winner, Kaivao Farm
At tonight's Mahi'ai Matchup Gala event we also saw AIP clients Mala Kala'ulu Cooperative, 2015's 1st place winner.
Congratulations to all the winners and to this great contest.
Presented at a conference in Japan. Theme was agritech but my presentation was on agripreneurship (and how it impacts the adoption of technology). Saw some really high tech stuff, amazing! Hawaii is, on average, far behind, Mix of attendees from 18 countries so it was interesting to hear perspectives of developing countries too.