HNN: Organic produce farm in Waianae gets funding to expand, creating jobs

Announced on September 21st by Hawaii’s Congressional Delegation, Ma’o Organic Farms on the Wai’anae Coast of O’ahu is getting a big financial boost in the form of $1.6 Million.

The boost will be able to create more jobs – 200 more jobs to be exact. “Food security is one of the greatest challenges facing Hawaii, as our state still imports more than 85 percent of its food, while also facing an aging farming population,” U.S. Representative Tulsi Gabbard said.   “This funding will bring jobs and investment to the Wai’anae coast along with critical training for the next generation of local farmers and agriculture producers.”

The farm started off 16 years ago on just a five-acre plot of land and today Ma’o farms has grown into 25-acres and over 100 tons of food for distribution. Congratulations to Ma’o farms for this huge achievement, and thank you for all the great tasting produce that your farm distributes!

Photo Caption: My staff and I recently went on a tour of Ma’o Organic Farms to learn more about their sustainability practices and education program for college students. 

 

To read more: http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/36426534/organic-produce-farm-in-waianae-gets-funding-to-expand-produce-jobs