PEEP: Poultry Egg Education Project

Want to add chicken eggs to your farm business, with a built-in market and everything you need to get started? 

We’re looking for 17 beginning farmers to participate in PEEP and contract with us to sell eggs into our SNAP-eligible CSA program for our community! 

Kauai PEEP will provide selected participants with:

  • Over $2,500 in start-up equipment and supplies including books, chicks and pullets, brooder box and chicken coop materials, feeding and watering supplies, feed & more
  • A 6-month educational program on commercial chicken egg production including:
    • 12 Zoom sessions with Julius Ludovico of J. Ludovico Farms
    • local chicken farm field trips
    • pau hana “talk chicken” sessions with experienced chicken farming experts statewide
    • a graduation resource fair
  • A built-in buyer for eggs through MalamaKauai.store to ensure egg sales while you stabilize and grow your business
  • A cohort-style model that encourages farmer-to-farmer support, collaborative sales methods, and cooperative buying opportunities to lower operating costs

Ideal participants are:

  • beginning farmers or ranchers – have been commercially farming in the US for less than 10 years
  • have a farm location – can show proof of a long-term lease or owned land for their chicken farm location
  • diverse – 94% of available program slots are reserved for minority farmers/ranchers
  • collaborative – opportunities to buy and sell together are strong advantages to being competitive in this market
  • committed – classes and events must be attended, on-farm work completed, data collected and shared, and a $250 participation fee paid if accepted (12 native producer scholarships available)
  • devoted to their community – are passionate about producing protein for local consumption and contributing to our island’s food self-sufficiency

2022 PEEP Program Timeline:

  • Webinar / Live Q&A: September 24, 2021
  • Program Applications Due: November 1, 2021
  • Selections Made: December 1, 2021
  • Program Begins: January 2022
  • Program Graduation: July 2022

Register for a webinar on Friday, September 24th at 2pm to learn more.
RSVP HERE and a Zoom link will be shared prior to the event.