Kauai Farmer Support


Malama Kauai has provided Kauai farmer support for over 15 years, hosting a variety of programs, events, workshops, and grant programs. Our programs are designed in direct response to our farmers’ needs and interests based on our 2017 Kauai Farmer Survey and annual Kauai Farmer Focus Groups.

We also provide fiscal sponsorship and grant writing/management services for small farming groups on Kauai – such groups have included Moloaa Irrigation Cooperative, Kalalea Anahola Farmers Hui, and Waioli Valley Taro Hui.

Current Mālama Kaua‘i Programs & Resources for Farmers:

  • New-FEED: Farmers Enhancing Equitable Distribution Grant Program: this new mini-grant program, in partnership with the County of Kaua‘i, will provide funds to Kaua‘i based farmers and ranchers selling into local food access markets to expand production and fill market gaps
  • New-PEEP: Poultry Egg Education Project – is a chicken egg production startup program for beginning farmers that provides education, startup supplies, and a built-in market for egg sales
  • New-KauaiLocalFood.com Sales Channel – MK provides local aggregation and distribution services for residents as well as commercial accounts such as early childhood education centers, restaurants, and more; providing marketing and distribution services for farmers
  • Kauai Farm News e-newsletter – an email newsletter providing timely resources such as grants, educational programs, special events, and more for Kauai farmers

Other Kauai Farmer Support Resources:

  • GoFarm Hawai‘i – GoFarm offers educational programs and free AgBusiness consulting that helps people in agriculture by helping with business planning, marketing, financial analysis, and other guidance designed to launch businesses and products, lower costs, and increase sales.
  • Small Business Development Center – Hawai‘i SBDC provides professional business advice, research and training to business owners and new entrepreneurs in order to promote growth, innovation, productivity and management improvement.
  • CTAHR Cooperative Extension Service – CTAHR’s CES program providing science-based information and educational programs in agriculture, natural resources, and human resources. Some of their services include individual consultations, soil testing, and sharing agricultural research.
  • Kaua‘i County USDA Farm Service Agency – Provides a variety of farm programs, grants and loans including Organic Certification Reimbursement, Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program, and more.
  • USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) – Offers a variety of reimbursement programs for conservation-related projects on ag land, including agroforestry, irrigation improvements, & more.
  • HDoA  Agriculture, Aquaculture & Livestock Support Services –

Kaua‘i Food-Based Farming Associations:

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