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.
Shared a booth with GoFarm Hawaii students to increase awareness of the services we offer to farmers and food manufacturers in the state.
The Hawaii Department of Agriculture Invites you to attend a Specialty Crop Block Grant Program Information Session and Market Development Workshop FOR FARMERS/NON-PROFIT or FOR-PROFIT ASSOCIATIONS/INTERESTED PARTIES
No cost to attend, however, REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED before the day of the event so we can prepare printed materials for everyone attending!
Contact the HDOA Market Development Branch to register by February 17, 2016
Call (808) 973-9595, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday, February 19, 2016
UH CTAHR Kona Cooperative Extension Office
Monday, February 22, 2016
Plant Quarantine Conference Room
1849 Auiki Street
Tuesday, February 23, 2016
HDOA Maui Conference Room
635 Mua Street
Wednesday, February 24, 2016
State Building, Conference Room C
75 Aupuni Street
Friday, February 26, 2016
Kauai Community College OCET Room 105
3-1901 Kaumualii Hwy
Tour of HFM distribution company as arranged by the Hawaii Food Manufacturers Association. At AIP we try to be educated about all parts of the agricultural value chain.
We often advise clients to consider growing what chefs want and can't readily get. This farm takes the concept all the way and grows and handles some of the most interesting products, based on chef demands.
Check out http://www.npr.org/2016/01/25/462829094/meet-the-most-pampered-vegetables-in-america
From the Fancy Food Show. People are snacking more and these are some of the most interesting new snacks in the sweet and savory categories
Went to the HFUU Convention on Maui. Was just there for the Friday evening event, but the passion and energy was in great evidence, with 300 people crowded into the hall. Ate great food produced on-island, including the famous Pono Pie made from 'ulu (breadfruit). Mazie Hirono sent a video message to the group, and she mentioned her visit with the GoFarm Hawaii students at Waimanalo and Leeward CC. Also giving speeches were Tulsi and Mike Gabbard and Mayor Arakawa.
"Kamehameha Schools, is looking to create a second business plan competition aimed at medium-scale farmers. Kamehameha Schools is collecting information through this Request For Information (download below) to gauge the interest of respondents as prospective lessees of tracts of agricultural land on the islands of O’ahu, and Hawai’i Island, ranging in size from approximately 40 to 100 acres (more information about the parcels can be found on page 6 and 7 of the attached pdf). Kamehameha Schools is seeking information and responses from individuals or businesses currently operating a commercial, mechanized agricultural operation, or those who can evidence a satisfactory plan to operate a commercial, mechanized agricultural operation.
If Kamehameha Schools issues a request for proposal in connection with this request for information, preference will be given to respondents who can (1) demonstrate food production primarily for the local, Hawai‘i food market, (2) address principles of the value-add food chain, and (3) can ensure compliance with the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act and all other applicable laws. In addition, successful bidders under any request for proposal may have access to private funding or investment, including, but not limited to, private grants, rent waivers or tenant improvement allowances, private loans, or other private equity investments.
Questions need to be submitted by Monday, November 9, 2015 to Sierra Fox (email@example.com) with the questionnaire for eligibility (page 8 to 11 of the attached pdf) due by Monday, November 30, 2015 (also send to Sierra Fox - firstname.lastname@example.org)."
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