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:

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.

Grants & Financial Resources

Hawaii Business Pivot Grant
The Hawaii Business Pivot Grant program is designed to help businesses and non-profits across Hawaii adjust to marketplace changes resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. The program may provide up to $10,000 in reimbursements for eligible pivot expenses. Learn more and apply at https://www.hawaiibizpivot.org. Deadline is November 23rd or when funds are exhausted. 

Food Animal Concerns Trust Fund-A-Farmer Grant
FACT is accepting grant applications for livestock and poultry farmers who wish to expand animal welfare, build capacity, and/or improve pasture for their animals. Grants of up to $2,500 are available for projects such as building mobile housing, constructing fences, laying water lines on pasture, and much more. Farmers located in the U.S. who raise beef cattle, bison, broiler chickens, dairy cows, goats, laying hens, pigs, turkeys, and/or sheep may be eligible to apply. Learn more and apply. Deadline is December 1st.

USDA Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP 2)
Applications have 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  robert.ishikawa@hi.usda.gov

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

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.

Citrus & Other Produce Wanted (Lihue)  Slow Island Food & Beverage Co. is looking for ginger, oranges, lilikoi, Tahitian lime, organically grown yellow pineapple and Hawaiian chili peppers! Please call 808-482-4466.

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

Education

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.