Supporting Local Food & Local Farms

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Sust’āinable Molokai is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization which means, that in addition to our deep appreciation of your generosity, your donation is tax deductible!

Sustʻāina ble Molokai Food Hub

  • Vision – food sovereignty is re-established on Molokai, meaning we grow the majority of our own food, which enables us to decide what food we eat, where it comes from, and how it is grown.
  • Mission – to increase local production and local consumption, as well as to grow our next generation of local producers and consumers.

The Sustʻāina ble Molokai Food Hub supports Molokai farmers and value-added producers by helping to make their fresh, locally grown and produced food readily accessible to our community. We do this by aggregating, distributing, and marketing island grown and produced products, such as vegetables, fruit, meats, baked goods, seeds, and other such products. Thus far, we have distributed local produce to 3 of our island schools, to an off-island wholesaler, and to our kamaʻāina through various events, including the Saturday Market and our newly launched Mobile Market.

We also run a Farm to School Program, which aims to grow our next generation of local farmers/producers and consumers through 3 primary components:

  1. Procurement – getting local food into school meals
  2. School Gardens – we have established and maintained to create hands-on classrooms
  3. Education – in all areas, with a focus on nutrition and the benefits of eating local.

A few of highlights from our Food Security (Sovereignty) Program thus far have been:

  • Wrote and Published the Molokai Agricultural Needs Assessment (2012)
  • The creation and development of a 2-acre permaculture farm at Molokai High School with 9 terraces for collecting water (2012).
  • Established the Molokai School Garden Network in 4 schools and partnered with FoodCorps to reach over 200 students weekly for the past 3 school years (since 2013)
  • Vendor for the Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Program (FFVP) for Maunaloa Elementary for 2014-15, and for Kaunakakai Elementary in 2015-16. Over the course of both program periods, we where we were able to purchase 50% Molokai-grown produce for this federally funded snack program.
  • Connected Molokai lilikoi growers to a market on Oahu.
  • Launched our Sustʻāina ble Molokai Mobile Market (2016)!

For more information, please contact Harmonee Williams Pastrana at 808-560-5410 or [email protected]

Below are answers to some FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions):

What is a food hub?

“A regional food hub is a business or organization that actively manages the aggregation, distribution, and marketing of source-identified food products primarily from local and regional producers to strengthen their ability to satisfy wholesale, retail, and institutional demand.” USDA, 2012

Basically, a food hub is a distribution center. The main difference is that food hubs focus on local food, they are community-based, and they are flexible in the services offered and their structure (for-profit, non-profit, co-op).

Food Hubs are part of a national trend, with over 250 now registered, because they support the movement to eat local and support local farmers. In addition, studies have shown that they have significant positive economic, social, and environmental impact.

Why are we developing a food hub?

Sustʻāina ble Molokai published the “Molokai Agricultural Assessment” in May 2012, which was based on input from over 30 farmers, stores, and restaurants. The Assessment identified the need for an on-island distribution center and central hub to support local farmers. Since that time, we have been seeking funds to get such a hub started.

Who is funding this food hub?

In early 2014, we received our first grant to begin development of the Molokai Food Hub from the First Nations Development Institute. This grant enabled us to hire a coordinator for the project, Harmonee Williams, who spent most of 2014 figuring out how best to move this project forward. A significant portion of her time went to seeking funds for implementation. In October 2014, we received funds from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to do just that, through their Local Food Promotion Program.

What is the vision for the Molokai Food Hub?

The vision of the Molokai Food Hub is to create Food Sovereignty for Molokai, meaning we grow the majority of our own food, which enables us to decide what food we eat, where it comes from, and how it is grown.

Another aspect of the Molokai Food Hub is to connect with other food hubs around Hawaiʻi in order to have access to their local products, and to give them access to ours if/when we have a surplus.

As mentioned, this project is still developing, thus, the specifics are still being worked out. If you would like to have input on how the project is shaped, please contact Harmonee at 560-5410 or [email protected].

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