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May 12, 2011

Farm Futures

As yet another generation of farmers disappears, and as a younger generation weighs the pros and cons of continuing these mainly-small business ventures, the Hawaii Farm Bureau Federation is morphing, according to a newspaper article last week. This is good news, because if we are truly to determine our own destiny in greater fashion when it comes to food supply, then we had better plan how to make the business models work so that younger entrepreneurs or family legacy members want to actually be a part of our farming community going forward.

We're not talking about sugar or pineapple so much, those days are pretty much over, as we know. We're talking about small farm viability, a market for them to cater to, prices that keep them competitive, water and supplies in abundance to assure upkeep and annual production, etc.  With shipping and production costs unlikely to drop too far, the more self-dependent we can become, the better for our future in many areas- and farming is a big one.

If you've never had a chance to visit the Kapiolani Community College or Hilo Farmer's Markets, you are missing a great and tasty opportunity to experience just some of the great things produced locally. It is essential that these small businesses not only survive, but also thrive in a way to make it more reasonable to expect that the next generation will want to continue on and provide us some of the local culinary items we love and need. Think about it…

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