Hawaii Farmers Union United and the Kahumana Organic Farms present FARMER AVOCADO GRAFTING WORKSHOP — Live on Zoom


We invite you to join us this Tuesday (12/8) from 2-3:30pm for this avocado grafting workshop geared for farmers and backyard gardeners.
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Meeting ID: 859 2746 7149
Passcode: 124514

Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kb3ELUqiyT

Creating Virtual Farm and Food Experiences

Webinar – Wednesday, December 9, 2020
9am Pacific time; 12pm Eastern time; 6pm Central European time; 10:30 Indian time –

Whether it’s farm tours, private tastings, or conferences, we are all figuring out new ways to connect digitally with customers and colleagues. During this period of limited travel, farm and food businesses around the world are experimenting with innovative online formats to share their agricultural experiences and products. Join us to learn about lambing tours in Scotland and cider tastings in Vermont. Presenters will share their challenges, successes, and lessons learned as they have transitioned to virtual events during the pandemic.

Moderator: Lisa Chase, University of Vermont Extension and the Vermont Tourism Research Center
Speakers: Eleanor Leger, Eden Specialty Ciders, Vermont, USA; Caroline Millar, Balkello Farm and Go Rural, Dundee, Scotland

To request a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Becky Bartlett at 802-257-7967 or Rebecca.Bartlett@uvm.edu so we may assist you.

Coffee Leaf Rust Webinar

Coffee Leaf Rust Webinar
Thursday, November 19, 2020

This webinar is provided as a free resource for our association members and the broader community. It is designed to provide important updates on the Coffee Leaf Rust disease recently discovered in Hawaii. The webinar will consist of two sessions and have a Q&A session at the end of each.

The webinar will have two sessions. Please see the schedule below and register for each session individually.

IMPORTANT: Please ensure you are notifying all farm staff, including seasonal pickers who may work on multiple farms, of new sanitation protocol to mitigate the spread of this fungus. We also encourage you to share this webinar information with your farm staff.

Webinar Schedule
Thursday, November 19

Short Term Strategies
with Jacques Avelino of CIRAD* and Andrea Kawabata of University of Hawaii CTAHR

Jacques will discuss the biology of the causal agent of coffee leaf rust: the fungus Hemileia vastatrix and some epidemiological considerations. He will explain how meteorological variables, topography, coffee tree characteristics, natural enemies and management, particularly nutrition and shade, affect coffee rust development. This knowledge can be used to improve coffee rust management at farm and regional levels.

Andrea will provide updated information on approved fungicides for coffee in Hawai’i to help combat Coffee Leaf Rust, including application protocol. She will also cover necessary general farm practices, hygiene, and sanitation protocol that producers should be implementing on their farms immediately to avoid spreading CLR spores.

*CIRAD is the French agricultural research and international cooperation organization working for the sustainable development of tropical and Mediterranean regions.

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Research, Resources & Regulation
with Kevin Hoffman of HDOA and Lisa Keith of USDA and PBARC

Kevin will provide an update to attendees on the most current information available to HDOA including new quarantine restrictions.

Lisa will focus on the pathology of coffee leaf rust in Hawaii, including what we know, what we don’t know, and short and long term research efforts to manage CLR in Hawaii.

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FREE WEBINAR: Arboriculture and Food Security in Hawaii 11-10-20 at 5 pm

Please join this FREE webinar to learn about Hawaiian culture in relation to arboriculture and food

Date: Tuesday, November 11, 2020 from 5-6 pm

Eligible for 1 Arborist (ISA) and LICT Continuing Education Unit (CEU).

Abstract: Although much of the emphasis of Hawaiian agriculture focuses on herbs and shrubs, arboriculture played a
substantial roles in Hawaiian production systems, as they did throughout Polynesia. The use of trees in agriculture varied,
and this presentation will explore the general ecology, structure, and form of traditional arboriculture systems as it relates to
food resilience of the Hawaiian archipelago. We discuss the historical and contemporary roles of arboriculture in Hawai’i’s
food systems, as well as emerging organizations and opportunities for the application of trees for food resilience and security.

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Dr. Lincoln is an Associate Researcher at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, where he runs the highly interdisciplinary
Indigenous Cropping Systems laboratory. He has, and continues to, research a broad spectrum of areas, including forest
ecology and management, restoration ecology, archaeology, personal values and sense of place, ecosystem services, and
terrestrial biogeochemistry within both natural and human dominated systems (i.e. agriculture). His primary focus, however,
is on indigenous cropping systems and their interaction with human societies in both the past and the present.

State to receive fed funds for small-scale ag

By The Garden Island

HONOLULU – The State of Hawai‘i has been awarded $1.9 million by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to increase the quality and quantity of locally grown foods in food-insecure communities that import a significant amount of food. The funds will provide grants to qualifying communities over a three-year period.

“This grant program will help support small-scale farming, ranching and agricultural operations so farmers can increase food production in their communities,” said Gov. Ige. “If we can boost food production in more remote areas where there is a greater need, Hawai‘i agriculture and entire communities will be strengthened.”

The Hawai‘i Department of Agriculture (HDOA) applied for the Micro-Grants for Food Security Program in August 2020 and was awarded a total of $1,938,556.80. The award was announced yesterday.

The grant program is not connected to the CARES Act and was established under the 2018 Farm Bill to provide support for small-scale gardening, herding and livestock operations to help produce food in areas that are food insecure.

In applying for the USDA grant, HDOA used data from the state’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to demonstrate the need in each county. The total grant amount will be distributed accordingly, to each county.

Those eligible for the grants include Hawai‘i-based individuals and organizations, commodity associations, agricultural cooperatives, producer groups, and other non-profit organizations related to agriculture.

Individuals (farmers, ranchers, producers, home gardeners, hunters) may apply for a maximum $5,000 per year for a maximum three years.

Organizations – Maximum $10,000 per year for a maximum of three years and must provide a 10 percent cash match.

A statewide Request for Proposals (RFP) will be issued in early November 2020 and posted on the Hawai‘i State Procurement website. A panel in each county will be appointed to review and approve eligible proposals.

Examples of the types of activities that may be funded under this grant include:

Small-Scale Gardening – purchase tools or equipment, soil, seeds, plants, canning equipment, refrigeration, composting equipment, towers, hydroponic and aeroponic farming.

Small-Scale Herding and Livestock Operations – purchase animals, buy, erect or repair fencing for livestock, activities or supplies associated with setting up or equipping a slaughter and processing facility, including purchasing mobile slaughterhouses.

Expanding Access to Food and Knowledge of Food Security – create or expand avenues for the sale of food commodities – includes paying for shipping of purchased items related to growing or raising food for local consumption.

HDOA’s Market Development Branch will be scheduling webinars in the near future to guide interested parties through the application process. The webinar schedule will be posted at: http://hdoa.hawaii.gov/add/md/

The Mango Loa Project – Improving Hawaii’s Mango Industry By Using Ultra High Density Plantation (UHDP)

Techniques And The Open Tatura Trellis System.

High Density Mango Farming for the 21st Century: Orchard Installation and Management Years One to Three

Thursday October 29, 2020 12p.m.- 1p.m.

Zoom online
Register online at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-mango-loa-projecthigh-density-mango-farming-in-the-21st-century-tickets-124657781781

We will discuss:
– Orchard layout, orientation, and management
– Pruning and training
– Pest control
– Nutrients

If you have any questions about the event or the Mango Loa project: umisfarm@gmail.com

FSMA Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training: Oct.5-7 via Zoom

Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training
October 5-7, 2020 (Monday-Wednesday)
4:00 pm –7:00 pm
Online via Zoom Video Conferencing
REGISTER ONLINE BY September 28th:

This training is open to commercial growers subject to the FSMA Produce Safety Rule.
Fruit and Vegetable Farmers interested in learning about produce safety, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule, Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), and co-management of natural resources and food safety.

Trainers will spend about 8-9 hours of instruction time covering content contained in these seven modules:
1)Introduction to Produce Safety
2)Worker Health, Hygiene, and Training
3)Soil Amendments
4)Wildlife, Domesticated Animals, and Land Use
5)Agricultural Water
6)Postharvest Handling and Sanitation
7)How to Develop a Farm Food Safety Plan

This training satisfies the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement for covered farms that “at least one supervisor or responsible party” completes “food safety training … recognized as adequate” by FDA (21 C.F.R. §112.22(c)).

Registration for this training is $75.00

Registration includes PSA Grower Training Manual and a Certificate of Course Attendance. After attending the course, participants will receive their certificate directly from the Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO) as proof that they have completed the grower training.

Remote Training Requirements:

  • Participants must be present for ALL 3 meetings in order to receive their certificate
  • Stable internet connection, online video capability

Growers who wish to participate in an On-Farm Readiness Review (OFRR) should complete this training prior to scheduling an OFRR. An OFRR is a voluntary, non-regulatory assessment to help farms prepare for Produce Safety Rule compliance.
To schedule an OFRR, contact your local Extension Agent.

*Trainers reserve the right to cancel or reschedule this course due to unforeseen circumstances.

For information or to request an auxiliary aid or service (e.g., sign language interpreter, designated parking, or materials in alternate format), contact Kylie Tavares at kylielw@hawaii.eduor (808) 878-1213 at least 7 days before the activity/event.

Virtual Garlic Production Workshop

Monday September 28, 2020


Workshop will provide information on:

  • Best management practices for field production of garlic such as field prep, planting, fertility management, pest identification and management, harvesting, and curing.
  • Vernalization process and storage
  • Varieties with potential for commercial production in Hawaii
  • Variety trial results from Kula, Maui and Poamoho, Oahu
  • Culinary creations and value addition