Mahi‘ai Technical Assistance Program

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In 2018, we launched a new pilot program aimed at supporting minority farmers and ranchers through a monthly workshop series and one-on-one technical assistance services.

Download a copy of our Program Overview & Client Application for more info or attend one of our monthly workshops.

Directions to the farm can be found on our Contact Us page.

For more information on this program contact:
Haylin Chock
Mahi‘ai Technical Assistance Program Manager
mahiai@malamakauai.org
(808) 828-0685 x15

Other Resources for Kaua‘i Farmers:

  • 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 – FSA provides a variety of farm programs, grants and loans including Organic Certification Reimbursement, Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program, and many more. An in-person visit to their office is highly recommended for any farmer/rancher.
  • HDoA  Agriculture, Aquaculture & Livestock Support Services –
  • USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) –
  • UNDER CONSTRUCTION – MORE COMING SOON

Mahalo to the support we’ve received from the County of Kaua‘i’s Office of Economic Development, the G.N. Wilcox Trust of the Bank of Hawaii Foundation, and Blooming Prairie Foundation to offer this program!

WHY DO WE DO THIS?

Malama Kaua‘i has been supporting increased local food production for over a decade. In our 2017 Kaua‘i Farmer & Rancher Survey, minority farmers and ranchers expressed the most need and interest in support services to start or expand their farming operations. They are also highly underrepresented in the agriculture industry on Kaua‘i. The 2012 Ag Census reported that only 7% of Kaua’i’s Primary Farm Operators are native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, with Asian being the most represented minority group at still only 22%. Our goal through this program is to begin correcting this underrepresentation, build equity and empower minority farmers and ranchers by connecting them with programs, services, education, networking, and opportunities for funding.