Ag Park at Kunia
Thanks to an extensive collaborative effort between Monsanto Hawaii, Island Palms Communities and the Hawaiian Agricultural Foundation, the Hawaii Agricultural Foundation Ag Park at Kunia on Oahu is helping local farmers succeed. The park encompasses three separate areas of land totaling approximately 180 acres, and is designed to benefit small local farms. Established in July 2011, it is the first agricultural park in Hawaii to be established through a private-public partnership of this kind.
Island Palms Communities, in looking to lease its land to Monsanto Hawaii, wanted to help preserve agricultural acreage and make more land available to local farmers. Our shared ideals made for a terrific partnership to achieve a meaningful and significant vision: to keep this land in productive agricultural use and create new opportunities for local farmers.
In August 2012, after more than a year of hard work, a group of 18 local farmers celebrated their first harvest at the Ag Park at Kunia. Chili peppers, peanuts, ulu and taro were among the crops represented in the first harvest.
“Monsanto has gone above and beyond in clearing and preparing the land for our farmers. They even helped repair a broken irrigation system for one of the plots, and are always available in the field. It has been a great partnership.”
- Lisa Zeman, Hawaii Agricultural Foundation, Ag Park Manager
The Ag Park at Kunia continues to turn out some of the finest locally grown produce, now available at the Leeward Community College Sunday farmers’ market and via delivery service with Oahu Fresh and Holoholo General Store delivery services.
Interested in being a Ag Park at Kunia tenant?
Please contact the Hawaii Agricultural Foundation.