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HFUU to Host 2 Farming Mini-Conventions in August

August 5, 2021, 9:05 AM HST
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Hawai´i Farmers Union United (HFUU), a statewide agricultural organization and chartered chapter of the National Farmers Union, is holding mini-conventions on Aug. 7 and Aug. 28, 2021.

The conventions will include interactive live-streamed virtual sessions, as well as in-person experiences for attendees on O´ahu and the Island of Hawai´i, leading up to the annual convention on Maui, which is scheduled for Nov. 11-14, 2021.

The convention, which is the first in a series of planned, island-specific events hosted by HFUU, is open to anyone who values local food systems, including farmers, gardeners and foodies in Hawai´i.

Highlights include:

  • Cover crop demonstrations showcasing how local cover crops can regenerate soil health, reduce soil erosion, and efficient use of water and aquifer recharge, as well as enhance biodiversity
  • The launch of a new statewide soil health initiative led by USDA and NRCS experts
  • The launch of new USDA-NIFA grant-funded farmer support programs designed to support mental health and wellness
  • A panel discussion on moving food to connect communities with four leading Food Hub organizations: Kahumana (O´ahu), Adaptations (Kona), HIP Ag (Kohala), and Hana Farmers Market (Maui)
  • A panel discussion on growing and processing Tea in Hawai´i: Tea Hawaii (Volcano), Ancient Valley Growers (Ka´ū), Shaka Tea, Waimea Herb Co. (Hawai´i)
  • Farm-to-glass demonstrations showcasing local products in hand-crafted refreshments
  • Value-added product demonstrations made from local crops

“In addition to our annual convention in November, we are looking forward to offering this special conference for the first time to dig deeper into topics of interest that affect farmers throughout Hawai´i,” said HFUU President Vincent Mina. “Notably, we are excited to introduce several major new initiatives to address soil health, as well as mental health for our farming communities.”

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Registration is free for members. Support is provided by individual sponsors. For more information on the convention and to register or sponsor, visit HFUU.org. HFUU in-person events will include health and safety measures that follow federal, state and local guidelines.

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