How Can Hawaii Become Food Self-Sufficient?

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Farmers’ Market News
April 22, 2015 – Vol. 7 Issue 15

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How Can Hawaii Become Food Self-Sufficient?

Civil Beat and FarmLovers Farmers’ Market present a special Civil Cafe to discuss a strategic and sustainable approach to Hawaii’s farming and food future.

·By Mike Webb

What if a shipping strike like the West Coast recently experienced prevented cargo from reaching Hawaii? Or a natural disaster? How long could we survive without incoming food? Should the state be doing more to make sure Hawaii has a sustainable food supply, including making the most of our land and climate to take care of our people?

Civil Beat is teaming up with the FarmLovers Farmers’ Market to present “How Can Hawaii Become Food Self-Sufficient?” – a robust discussion of Hawaii’s unique situation when it comes to sustainability. This special Civil Cafe is being sponsored by the Ulupono Initiative.

The event is scheduled for Monday, April 27, at Green Rows Farm in Waimanalo (41-756 Mahailua St).

Panelists slated to participate in the discussion are:

Scott Enright, director of the Hawaii Department of Agriculture
Vincent Mina, president of Hawaii Farmers Union United
Sen. Russell Ruderman, agriculture committee member and owner of Island Naturals stores
Richard Ha, president of Hamakua Springs Country Farm
Civil Beat’s Nathan Eagle will moderate the panel.

 

The evening will begin with a tour of Green Rows Farm at 5 p.m., and then attendees will sit down for a potluck dinner starting at 5:45 p.m.  Bring a dish to share at the potluck, and you get in free! However, if you would like to eat but don’t want to bring food, there will be a charge of $10 for a full meal and beverage.

The sustainability conversation will begin at 6:30 p.m. sharp. If you would like to attend, please RSVP here.

MAHALO!

Big Mahalos to Mama T and Jordon, and all the fine folks at Down To Earth, for hanging out with us at the KailuaTown Farmers’ Market this past Sunday. Please click here to discover some of their recipes, as well as classes they offer! Using produce from Green Rows Farm, they created eggplant and kale curry over sesame ginger & turmeric quinoa; apple bananas with raw vegan chocolate sauce; raw beet & turnip sashimi; Manoa lettuce salad; and chard, eggplant, mushroom, & eggplant stir-fry! If you missed the fun, don’t despair… they will be visiting us the third Sunday of each month.

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12 of these gets you market swag!

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Farmers’ Market News
April 15, 2015 – Vol. 7 Issue 14

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We are introducing a new app called FarmFan. It allows us to communicate with you on market day by text message to give you the latest information about what will be at the market that day. In addition, you will be able to check in at the market and get loyalty rewards for coming often throughout the season.

Once you become a FarmFan, you will get a text message each market day letting you know what’s fresh. The update may also include specials from you favorite vendors that are available only to FarmFans, so be sure you sign up! You may unsubscribe at any time, by responding STOP or UNSUBSCRIBE to any text message you receive from us.

Additionally, if there is a problem that would cause the market to close (such as bad weather), we will be touch through this text message so we can save you the time of coming down the market.

And of course, we want to reward you for your loyalty to FarmLovers… so remember to check in each time you come to the market, and we will gift you with market swag on your 12th check in!

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No joke… eating locally grown is better!

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Farmers’ Market News
April 1, 2015 – Vol. 7 Issue 13

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It’s April Fool’s Day, but we’ve got no jokes about the benefits of eating locally grown! Not only is it fresher, and therefore more nutrient rich, but it supports our small family farmers, and keeps them on their land… so they can grow more food for us! If you want to improve on our state’s crazy average of importing 90% of what we consume… you gotta vote with your food dollars. No joke. We make it super easy… see you at the market!
And if you want to take an extra step… The Sierra Club asks for your assistance…

A quarter of all food grown in Hawai’i is grown on farmland where DR Horton wants to plant 11,750 homes in a new suburban town called Ho’opili.

The project will dump thousands more cars on the H1 freeway impacting every commuter from the west side, Mililani and the North Shore.

For years, we at the Sierra Club have fought to ensure that the new housing we desperately need goes into places where we have already built, so as to minimize traffic, preserve our best ag lands and protect the beauty of our island. This project belongs in Kapolei – not on the best farmland in all of Hawai’i. Click to sign petition.

Big mahalos to Jin Hirata, creator of Whole Life With Jin, for coming out on Saturday to the Kakaako Farmers’ Market, and sharing the beauty of a macrobiotic lifestyle. Seriously, click here and get the recipes. That Okinawan Sweet Potato/Banana dish was so flavorful and comforting. It was sweet, but not too sweet, and it was grounding at the same time. Everything was so colorful and delicious! Please Jin… come back soon!


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Oops, we were a little over excited!

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Farmers’ Market News
March 25, 2015 – Vol. 7 Issue 12

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Don’t panic if you thought you missed our special guest, Jin Hirata, last week. We were so excited that we imagined him coming a whole week early! So you can meet him THIS SATURDAY, March 28th! Jin Hirata, creator of Whole Life With Jin, a website dedicated to sharing macrobiotic lifestyle, will be sharing his talents with us at Kakaako Farmers’ Market!

He will  be honoring us with a demo entitled “Add yin-yang balance to Hawaiian local & seasonal food” and he will teach us to make Easy bean salad with tahini-ume-lemon dressing; Quick pickles; and Sweet potato and banana pudding. He will be on hand from 8-12, and there will be recipe cards so you can easily make your own at home!

Jin, from Japan, is currently living in NYC. While he works as a holistic counselor, healing chef, & Shiatsu-Reiki practitioner, he is also a self-proclaimed “Miso Missionary”, who works to spread the power of miso and taught how to make miso soup to hundreds of people in USA. His practice is based on Macrobiotics, a principle of yin-yang balance, with which, he strongly believes, “you can turn your health and life around!”

So swing by Kakaako Farmers’ Market and find the Demo booth, this Saturday!

 

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Add a Little Yin & Yang to Your Plate!

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Farmers’ Market News
March 18, 2015 – Vol. 7 Issue 11

Those of you planning to spend some of  Saturday, 3/28 with us at Kaka’ako Farmers’ Market will be in for a special treat! Jin Hirata, creator of Whole Life With Jin, a website dedicated to sharing macrobiotic lifestyle, will be sharing his talents with us!

He will  be honoring us with a demo entitled “Add yin-yang balance to Hawaiian local & seasonal food” and he will teach us to make Easy bean salad with tahini-ume-lemon dressing; Quick pickles; and Sweet potato and banana pudding. Jin, from Japan, is currently living in NYC. While he works as a holistic counselor, healing chef, & Shiatsu-Reiki practitioner, he is also a self-proclaimed “Miso Missionary”, who works to spread the power of miso and taught how to make miso soup to hundreds of people in USA. His practice is based on Macrobiotics, a principle of yin-yang balance, with which, he strongly believes, “you can turn your health and life around!”

So swing by Kakaako Farmers’ Market and find the Demo booth, next Saturday!

 

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