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:

  • Program Applications Due: November 1, 2021
  • Selections Made: December 1, 2021
  • Program Begins: January 2022
  • Program Graduation: July 2022

Interested in Applying?

Please review our PEEP Webinar, which will give you all the information youʻll need about the program, about your eligibility, what youʻll get, and what your commitments are. If you know someone who you think may be interested – share this link! To apply for PEEP, click here! If you have any questions about the application process or the program in general, email anni@malamakauai.org.