Kauai Farmer Connection

This page highlights resources for farmers and ranchers specifically.
Please contact mahiai@malamakauai.org for additions and/or updates.

Safe & Stable Kauai Farms Intiative Workshops Open Enrollment ATTN Kaua‘i Farmers! If you didn’t make it into our initial Safe & Stable Kaua‘i Farms Initiative program with CTAHR and North Shore EVP, you may still join the free Advanced Workshops! Events are “Lunch & Learn” style at 12 noon via Zoom. Seating is very limited, so get on the waitlist right away if youʻre interested at tinyurl.com/SSKFIworkshops Workshop descriptions:

*** Kauai Farmworker Programs Needs Assessment ***
Mālama Kaua‘i is currently gathering info from farms and ranches whose business operations and workforce has been impacted by COVID19, to inform our workforce development strategies for long-term farmer workforce programming. Participants in this survey will be the first to be notified of future available program offerings. Individual responses will remain confidential but may be aggregated for sharing with other agencies (with all identifiable data removed). Please complete the survey HERE.

Survey of Hawaii’s Avocado Industry What is the current supply of avocados grown commercially in Hawaii? What varieties and growing elevations are successful on each island? This information will assist local farmers, buyers, and agencies to develop strategies to bolster our state’s avocado industry. Farmers and farm names will be kept anonymous and the statistics collected will be shared publicly. Complete your survey here. Email: info@growfruithawaii.com to request a hardcopy. Conducted by Hawaii Farmers Union United (HFUU) and Hawaii Avocado Association (HAA) as part of a HDOA Specialty Crop Block Grant. Participants may enter to win a $200 gift certificate to Home Depot 

Technical Assistance

Accounting, Financial & Record-Keeping Assistance
Erik Shimizu from GoFarm Hawaii’s AgBusiness Program is available to assist with various financial matters for farmers/ranchers. Potential clients should have some basic experience with tracking their financial info and some capacity to communicate via email/zoom/etc. so that files can be transferred back and forth. Contact Erik at erikms@hawaii.edu.

Marketing Assistance Available
Pomai Weigert from GoFarm Hawaii’s AgBusiness Program is available to provide consulting around marketing our farm/ranch business during this time, including social media use. Contact Pomai at cweigert@hawaii.edu.

CTAHR Cooperative Extension Service Support
The amazing staff at CTAHR Cooperative Extension Services are there to support you with technical assistance! If you’re a Kaua‘i rancher or livestock producer, reach out to Savannah at katulski@hawaii.edu – or produce growers, reach out to Emilie at erkirk@hawaii.edu.

Farmer Healthcare Provided
In these trying times, Marghee Maupin is offering free health care via telehealth to all farmers who are uninsured and if you are insured she will charge your insurance but no copay. Please see her website for details. You can text her with any questions. (808) 635-2082

Grants & Financial Resources

USDA Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP 2) application been extended through December 11th, 2020 and includes additional commodities. First-time applicants may submit for compensation for income lost to Covid-19 related market disruptions. Applications are by appointment with local FSA Officer:

Robert Ishikawa, County Executive Director 
(808) 245-9014 ext 104 
(855) 356-9495 fax 

CFAP 2 Now accepting applications through local FSA offices  USDA has announced up to an additional $14 billion for agricultural producers who continue to face market disruptions and associated costs because of COVID-19. Producers will be compensated for ongoing market disruptions and assisted with the associated marketing costs. CFAP 2 payments will be made for three categories of commodities – Price Trigger Commodities, Flat-rate Crops and Sales Commodities. New applications are welcome.  Deadline: 12/11/2020

CFAP 2 Includes All Aquaculture Species  Aquaculture eligible for CFAP 2 includes: any species of aquatic organisms grown as food for human consumption, fish raised as feed for fish that are consumed by humans, and ornamental fish propagated and reared in an aquatic medium. Eligible aquaculture species must be raised by a commercial operator and in water in a controlled environment. This includes molluscan shellfish and seaweed that was previously covered under the U.S. Department of Commerce program. Deadline: 12/11/2020

RENT RELIEF AND HOUSING ASSISTANCE PROGRAM Financial assistance for Hawai‘i renters who have experienced a reduction in income because of unemployment or a reduction in work hours due to COVID-19 and are at risk of eviction. Payments will be made directly to landlords (up to $1,500 for Maui, Kaua‘i and Hawai‘i Island households, and up to $2,000 for O‘ahu households.) Rent payments can be made in lump-sum amounts for up to three months at a time. Apply here

Farmer CSA Mini-Grants Available (Kauai)
We are distributing $500 rapid-release mini-grants to farmers who are launching or expanding CSAs with multiple pickup points or home delivery options. Please read the full details and application form here.

USDA Organic Certification Cost Share Program  Is your operation certified organic? Organic producers and handlers can apply for federal funds to assist with the cost of receiving and maintaining certified status through the Organic Certification Cost Share Program. Refer to the agency’s press release for more information. Deadline: 10/31/20 (partial reimbursement for expenses paid between 10/01/19- 09/30/20)

NDN Collective Grants for Indigenous Communities
NDN Collective’s COVID-19 Response Project will provide funding to organizations and individuals providing essential services to indigenous communities during the coronavirus pandemic. Visit the program website for more information and to apply.

Hawaii Department of Agriculture Emergency Loan Program
Farmers, ranchers, and agricultural producers experiencing economic hardship as a result of the coronavirus pandemic can access emergency loans with favorable terms from this program. Refer to the program fact sheet at the agency’s website for more information.

Sales Opportunities & Platforms

Hawaii Seed Growers Network
HSGN has experienced a large increase in seed orders, and now more than ever we need more seed growers in Hawaii helping to increase our local food economy with local seed. If you are interested contact nancyredfeather@hawaii.rr.com or visit us here.

Indoor Agriculture Business for Sale (Kapaa) Rainbow Garden Kauai is the only large, commercial sprouts and microgreens producer on island. Along with more than 30 years of Kauai brand value, we pass along our established retail accounts and an experienced staff. Sale includes delivery vehicle, seeds, training, commercial kitchen, parking, small office, lab, screenhouse, and walk-in refrigeration. Option to purchase property (with a residence), or to assume a secured lease, or to relocate. Learn more and view the property listing.

Oranges, Lilikoi, Organic Yellow Pineapple Wanted  Slow Island Food & Beverage Co. is looking for ginger, oranges, lilikoi, organically grown yellow pineapple and Hawaiian chili peppers! Please call 808-482-4466

Apple Bananas and ‘Ulu Wanted
Nourish Hanalei is looking to purchase apple bananas and breadfruit. We buy year round, and pay upon delivery in Princeville. Minimum purchase 50 lb. Looking forward to meeting you! Please respond by email. Mahalo! Nourishhanalei@gmail.com

Bulk Jalapeno Peppers Wanted
Kauai Juice Co. is seeking red jalapeno peppers in bulk. Please contact Kyle at kyle@kauaijuiceco.com or 979-578-1903. Email is preferred. Mahalo!

Hawaii DOE Seeking Farm-to-School Vendors
You can watch a webinar here describing the program and process for contracting with the DOE in more detail. Steps include:
1.) Check out the list of requirements for becoming a direct vendor to HIDOE SFSB.
2.) Get compliant in Hawaii Compliance Express.
3.) Fill out a Vendor Form and W-9 Form and submit via email or fax with copy to Dexter Kishida (see below)
Contact HIDOE SFSB Farm to School Coordinator, Dexter Kishida, with questions: dexter.kishida@k12.hi.us or (808) 798-8586 (call/text)

HDoA Seeking Farm-to-State Sellers
The Hawaii Department of Agriculture understands that during these challenging times you may be facing an oversupply of product. Please note that the state systems are interested in bulk orders for a conservative price. If you have an oversupply and are interested in possibly supplying these state institutions, please call or email Nicole with the following information:
-Available pounds and frequency of availability
-Quality (off-grade, for instance)
-Selling price per pound/unit
  Please contact: Nicole Pfeffer (Hawaii Department of Agriculture Economic Development) nicole.y.pfeffer@hawaii.gov (808) 973-9573

Nani Moon Mead Seeking Farm Products
Seeking locally grown Pineapple (50-300lbs), red flesh Dragon Fruit (around 30lbs), Hawaiian Chili Pepper (1 gallon bag, can be stored frozen). Email nanimoonmeadinfo@gmail.com.

Seeking Coffee for Sale for USDA
COVID-19 has caused coffee sales to slow or halt for many businesses. SHAC has been in conversation with USDA to facilitate purchases of Hawaiian-grown products for government use. If you have roasted coffee that you would like to make eligible for USDA purchase, please contact suzanne@shachawaii.org as soon as possible. Include the total quantity you would like to make available, and the requested price. Also include the format (bag, pods, commercial packs). All information will be kept confidential.

TryEatHawaii.com Offers Online Display for Farmers
Online marketplace available to show off your products; transactions happen offline direct with farmer. https://tryeathawaii.com

The Kauai Store is Looking for Farmer Partners (Kapaa)
Great location on the highway in Kapa’a town looking to partner with farmers to provide fresh produce. Ideal partners would be able to provide enough produce to meet demands and provide a staff member at the stand. Store provides prime highway space, retail cash register system that accepts credit cards, and an existing high visibility website with online ordering.  Store can also provide pickups and deliveries for customers. Contact Erik at 808-634-2655 or email: info@thekauaistore.com.

Cold Storage & Packing Space for CSA Distribution (Kilauea & Lihue)
Spaces are currently identified and available in Kilauea and Lihue for serious farmers who are seeking to coordinate produce washing, packaging, and distribution. Please contact us with your full information to be shared with these outlets.

Retail Outlet Available (Kalaheo)
Nice locations on highway has offered space their space for farmers to host CSA distribution and/or produce sales. Please contact us with your full information to be shared with this location.

Ha Coffee Bar Offering Retail / CSA Distribution Space (Lihue)
Ha has volunteered their space for produce sales. A commercial fridge is in place and ready! There is no fee for the farmer and Ha is not taking any percentage of sales. Contact Jeff Adams at 808-631-9241.

Waimea Farmers Markets Accepting Vendors (Waimea)
Waimea Farmers Market (Thursdays 3:30-5:30p) is accepting vendors and booths are FREE and they’re the only market on island accepting SNAP/EBT! Contact Fanny at halepunakauai@gmail.com

Malama Auctions Offers Weekly Virtual Farmers Market
Quickly accept online payments for products by joining Malama Auctions’ weekly Virtual Farmers Market. Customers can buy and pay online and the producer delivers. www.malamaauctions.com


First Nations Development Institute is accepting applications for Native Agriculture and Food Systems Scholarship Program.  Designed to encourage Native American college students to enter professional fields connected to Ag and to advance food sovereignty, First Nations will award 20 scholarships ($1,000 – $1,500 each) for the 2020-2021 academic school year to Native college students majoring in agriculture and agriculture-related fields,  including agribusiness management, agri-science technologies, agronomy, animal husbandry, aquaponics, environmental studies, fisheries and wildlife, food production and safety, food-related policy and legislation, food science and technology, horticulture, irrigation science, and sustainable agriculture or food systems.  Complete information and a link to the online application can be found hereDeadline: 1 PM Hawaii time, Thursday, October 15, 2020

Turning Challenges into Sustained Opportunities O’ahu Resource Conservation & Development Council presents Wahine Farmer Empowerment Summer Series, a three-part webinar featuring leading women farmers and entrepreneurs sharing how they turned COVID-19 challenges into sustained opportunities and created multiple revenue streams for long-term stability.  Hear from mentors and leaders in the farming community, resource providers, market analysts, and those working to bolster local agriculture. Where are consumer behavior and local demands shifting, and how are other local farms and agri-businesses transitioning? Learn about new initiatives and resources that your farm can tap into. Watch the series here!

Hawaii Agri-Tourism Webinar Series 2020  Presented by GoFarm and Hawaii Tourism Authority, this web series provides a crash course in Agri-Tourism across the state. Learn about changes to market opportunities for your county, compliance and planning. Watch the webinar recordings to learn more about AgriTourism and how it can transform your farm and the island.

GoFarm Hawai’i (University of Hawaii) will be recruiting for the next cohort on Kaua’i in the spring of 2021. Apply to a hands-on beginning farmer training program designed to support new and existing small farmers in Hawaii.  Participants will benefit from guidance throughout the farming process including preparation, cultivation and harvest, and crucial business training in financing, marketing, packaging and more.  Visit us online, read the AgCurious FAQs and sign up to be notified of the next session.

Farmers’ Q+A on Unemployment Insurance
Listen to the recorded webinar from 04/2020 covering:

  • Will income losses from agritourism be covered by UI?
  • Am I eligible for UI if I have limited income to report?
  • Are UI benefits retroactive from application date, or do they begin after I apply?
  • Should I add back depreciation to my lost income?
  • I farm with my spouse – – how should we determine our income loss to apply for UI and how do we report our weekly status to our state employment commission?
  • UI vs. Paycheck Protection Program loan?

Setting Up A Simple Online Store (Webinar)
The University of Kentucky has hosted a webinar that slowly walks farmers through the process of setting up an online Square store. This is especially helpful for those who aren’t tech-savvy! Click Here

Online Sales Platforms for Farmers Presented by Oregon Tilth
Farmers and ranchers need to find alternative ways to market their products due to closures of restaurants, farmers markets, and other sales channels due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This free webinar highlights several direct-to-consumer online sales platforms suitable for producers. Review recording here.

Farmers Markets Physical Redesign for COVID-19 Mitigation
Presented by Farmers Market Coalition, this webinar will focus on the physical redesign of farmers market spaces and share examples of how market operators have implemented new practices to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Review recording here.

Free COVID19 Webinar Series for Farmers:

Introduction to Accounting for Hawai‘i Farmers
Presented by The Kohala Center in collaboration with AgriLogic Consulting, LLC
Wednesday, April 22 • 5–7 p.m., Online via Zoom

This virtual meeting is intended for commercial agriculture businesses seeking to improve their accounting knowledge and skills by using accounting software (such as QuickBooks) for farm financial recordkeeping. The course will cover topics such as chart of accounts set-up, cash receipts, accounts receivable, cash disbursements, and more. Participation is free, but advance registration is required. Space is limited to 10 participants. Contact Eric Bowman at ebowman@kohalacenter.org or 808-887-6411 with questions. »Register online

Resources for Agricultural Employers & Farm Safety in Response to COVID-19
The Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety developed a website with essential information for farm operators and farmworkers to protect health and safety on the farm during the COVID-19 pandemic. Visit aghealth.ucdavis.edu/covid19 to view and download fact sheets, printable flyers, and more.