Monsanto Hawaii helps local farmers succeed
In an effort to help improve farm productivity and food quality for the state of Hawaii, Monsanto remains committed to supporting local ag production by implementing programs that improve the lives of farmers in the community, and ultimately increase the amount of locally grown produce.
Established in July 2011 as a private-public partnership between Monsanto Hawaii, the Hawaii Agricultural Foundation and Island Palms Communities, the Ag Park at Kunia is approximately 220 acres of land on Oahu that has been made available to small local farmers in an effort to help them achieve economic self-sufficiency and diversify local food production.
Comprised of four distinct parcels that vary in acreage, the Ag Park at Kunia provides ideal growing environments with consistent sunlight and warm temperatures. Currently, more than 20 farmers are actively utilizing the land to grow a variety of produce, including fruit trees, cucumbers, tomatoes, chili peppers, taro, ulu, long beans, squash, okra, butternut squash, string beans and eggplant. This locally grown produce can be found at the Leeward Community College Sunday farmers’ market or via delivery service with Oahu Fresh and Holoholo General Store.
To ensure the success of both the farmers and the park, Monsanto provides in-kind support, including security, land preparation (e.g., mowing, disking), technical expertise and bulk purchasing opportunities.
Hi Now's Jobeth Devera takes a closer look at the Hawaii Ag park.
“By supporting, educating and providing the land and resources to farmers, our goal is to improve farm productivity for the state and ultimately help contribute to the state goal of doubling local food production by 2020,” said Dan Clegg, Hawaii business operations lead at Monsanto. “Monsanto will continue to cultivate partnerships and support programs, like the Ag Park at Kunia, that preserve agricultural acreage and integrity.”
Monsanto Hawaii leases out approximately 636 acres of land across the state to local farmers for diversified ag. In addition, Monsanto provides educational and professional development opportunities for farmers, like the first-ever “Vegucation” Farmers Workshop which brought together more than 90 farmers from across the state to network and learn from leading agricultural experts.
To learn more about Monsanto Hawaii’s commitment to local ag production, please visit http://www.monsantohawaii.com/community/agriculture/kunia-ag-park/.