Kauai Farmer Connection

This page highlights resources for farmers and ranchers specifically.
Please contact megan@malamakauai.org for additions and/or updates. (Last updated 6/12/20)

In May and June, 6,400 locally-produced Farm-to-School CSA boxes will be distributed by Malama Kauai through drive-thru programs at Kauai schools for families in need, thanks to funding from the USDA’s Farmers to Families Food Box Program. MK will be purchasing over $200,000 of mixed veggies and fruits, as well as 4 oz. cheese tubs from local producers.

Farmers may submit bids on an ongoing basis as long as opportunities remain available. Please call Robyn with questions at (808) 828-0685 x10 or grants@malamakauai.org.

Farm-to-School CSA Box Program Forms & Resources:

*** 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.

Technical Assistance

Assistance with EIDL & PPP Applications
Several organizations are offering free technical assistance to agricultural businesses and organizations with completing applications for CARES Act funding opportunities. The Economic Injury Disaster Loan Emergency Advance will provide up to $10,000 of economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing temporary difficulties; this loan advance will not have to be repaid. The Paycheck Protection Program is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll. SBA will forgive loans if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks and the money is used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities. Please have your accounting and payroll records in order and ready! Reach out today to see who has availability to work with you:

  • Kelea Levy, Kanaka Economic Development Alliance DBA Native Hawaiian Business Directory, kelea@kanakaeconomy.org (Native Hawaiians only)
  • Michelle Gorham, West Oahu Soil and Water Conservation District, westoahuswcd@gmail.com
  • Eric Bowman, The Kohala Center, ebowman@kohalacenter.org

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.

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

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.

Grants & Financial Resources

Direct Payments through the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program
Kauai Farmers and Ranchers may qualify for financial assistance from the USDA. The County of Kauai Farm Service Agency (FSA) will be facilitating applications by appointment for agricultural producers who have suffered commodity losses as a direct result of CoVid-19. For one of the best overviews of this program, please see this Infographic. Make an appointment with the Farm Service Agency (FSA) Lihue Office:
Robert Ishikawa, County Executive Director
(808) 245-9014 x 104 | robert.ishikawa@hi.usda.gov
Need help preparing? Contact Leticia at mahiai@malamakauai.org or (808) 828-0685 x11

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.

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

Apple Bananas Wanted
Nourish Hanalei is looking to purchase apple bananas. 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!

Generate Sales with Free T-shirts!
Give Kauai Hope is offering small businesses – including farms – the opportunity to sell t-shirts on their platform. You simply sign up, send them your logo, and promote your t-shirt – and youʻll receive $10 for every t-shirt sold! Farms can sign up here. Also check out our Mālama Kaua‘i Farmer Fund t-shirt here – all donations received from the sale of our shirt will go to our Kauai Farmer Fund to provide grants to farms across Kaua‘i.

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 Exotic Citrus
Seeking lemongrass, kefir lime fruit, kumquat, buddhas hand, calamansi, etc. 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.

Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (Islandwide)
The Senior FMNP, which is set to launch in April by the Hawaii Food Bank Kauai Branch, provides $50 in vouchers for eligible seniors to spend with farm vendors at markets and CSAs/roadside stands. Farmers interested in accepting vouchers can complete an application for the program here.

Foodland Seeking Produce (Statewide)
Foodland is interested in purchasing locally grown produce and products (such as meats, eggs, and dairy) from all farm sizes on all islands. Foodland needs information on what products are available immediately. Regardless of the size of your farm or how much product you have, please complete the form below if you are interested in selling to Foodland. Click here to fill out form

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

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

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.


CDC COVID-19 Partner Call for Ag Workers & Employers
Monday, June 15, 2020 – 3:00 p.m. ET
CDC Presenters: Dr. John Brooks, Chief Medical Officer for the COVID-19 Response; Dr. Jennifer M. Lincoln, Associate Director, Office of Agriculture Safety and Health, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health; Dr. Megin Nichols, Food Systems Working Group; Dr. Kenneth L. Dominguez, Community Intervention/At Risk Task Force; Dr. Brooks will share updates on CDC’s COVID-19 response, including the latest scientific information and what everyone should know about protecting themselves and others. In addition, Dr. Lincoln and colleagues will review the new Interim Guidance for Agriculture Workers and Employers from CDC and the U.S. Department of Labor. Afterwards, the panel of CDC experts will answer questions from the audience.

We encourage submitting your questions in advance. Please email eocevent337@cdc.gov with “Partner Call 6/15” in the subject line. The call will be recorded and posted on CDC’s website.
REGISTER IN ADVANCE: www.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN_Ut7m0etdTF-l-BoQbpQCpw

Farmers’ Q+A on Unemployment Insurance
April 13, 2020 webinar on Unemployment Insurance (UI) for Farmers and Ranchers Affected by COVID-19. Review HERE if you’re wondering… 

  • 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?
  • What’s a scenario where someone would take UI over a Paycheck Protection Program loan?

Livestock Producers Pau Hana Zoom Meeting
Please join us for an informal virtual pau hana to talk story about the impacts of COVID-19 on your livestock operation. The goal of the Livestock Producers Pau Hana is to foster communication, increasing collaboration, and strengthening the Hawaii Livestock Industry during and as we emerge from this crisis. Beginning April 28, 2020, the Livestock Producers Pau Hana will be held every two weeks starting at 5:00 pm via Zoom.  Registration is required (one-time registration for all scheduled pau hana sessions through August 18, 2020).
Questions contact: Mark Thorne thornem@hawaii.edu 808-887-6183
To Register:

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.

Farmers Market-Tested Sales Platforms for Shopper Pre-Orders
Apr 29, 2020 3:00 PM ET / 2:00 CT / 1:00 MT / 12:00 PT / 11:00 AT
Register Here This will focus on market-level platforms that allow shoppers to place orders to then be picked up at either a drive-thru or walk-thru market. Platforms that aggregate goods through a single vendor/seller will not be covered on this webinar, in order to allow enough time to showcase the market-level preorder platforms. Market leaders who have been using pre-order systems will be presenting.