Kauai Farmer Expo 2018:
Stewarding the Land & Kauai’s Food Future
Join us for a day of celebrating agriculture on Kauai and supporting those who provide us with food. Whether you’re an aspiring farmer just getting started, or an experienced rancher of 50 years, we invite you to join us for fellowship, conversation, education, and resource sharing! There will be panel sessions, a vendor and resource area, networking opportunities, and more.
Sunday, August 5th, 2018
10:30am to 4:00pm
Waipa Foundation, Hanalei, Kauai
$10 donation at the door
Speakers & Panel Schedule:
Risk Management in a Changing Climate
Find out WHAT’s projected to occur on Kaua‘i and WHERE it could affect agriculture into the future, as well as environmental and financial planning steps you can take to prepare and protect your farm or ranch. A timely session given the recent flooding disaster.
Panelists include: Ruby Pap, Coastal Land Use Extension Agent of University of Hawaii Sea Grant College Program and County of Kaua‘i Planning Department; Jimmy Trujillo of the Kaua‘i Beekeepers Association; Genoa Starrs, Soil Conservationist for Kaua‘i’s USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service; and Nicole Gueck, Risk Management Specialist with AgriLogic Consulting, LLC
Farmworker Housing Updates
Join in the discussion on farmworker housing including what changes were made through legislative and working group efforts this year, as well as what the future may hold. Sign-ups will be available to join the current working group to forge ahead and ensure that this critical issue continues to be followed up on to ensure farming success on Kaua‘i.
Panelists include: Mason Chock, Kaua‘i County Councilman and Planning Committee Chair; Megan Fox, Executive Director of Mālama Kaua‘i
Korean Natural Farming
Joe McGinn of Hawaii Natural Farming
Accessing Capital & Farm Loans
Learn about various financial and loan programs available to a variety of agriculturalists, including land loans with up to a 30-year payback period, 0% interest loans, grant funding opportunities, and more.
Panelists include: Linus P. Tavares, Executive Vice President of Farm Credit Services of Hawaii; Megan Blazak, Agricultural Business Development Specialist at The Kohala Center
Buyers of produce and other local products will provide an overview of their sourcing and buying processes, needs, and opportunities for producers.
Panelists include: Mikey Stewart, Owner of Uncle Mikey’s Dried Fruit; Kaiulani of Papaya’s
AgriCulture & Social Enterprise
Community leaders will discuss various agricultural movements, centering around the intersections of culture, agriculture, and social enterprise for sustainability.
Panelists include: Gary Maunakea-Forth of MA‘O Organic Farms; Peleke Flores, Field Operations Manager of Mālama Hulē’ia and the Alekoko Fishpond project; Stacy Sproat-Beck, Executive Director of Waipa Foundation; Ka‘imi Hermosura, The Konohiki Project