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FOOD SOVEREIGNTY

MAHIʻAI MOA

Applications for Session 2 cohort are OPEN!
Please watch the recording of the Informational Webinar before applying:

Informational Webinar Link

Passcode: p1TFL&UK

Mahiʻai Moa Project


Our Mahiʻai Moa Projectʻs mission is to increase food production by our island residents through poultry farming and feed workshops as well as training our local community slaughterhouse in order to increase our community access to fresh, nutritious food and make our community more resilient.

For more info, contact:

Lori Pastrana

Manager - Farmer Training

Email: Lori@sustainablemolokai.org

Ph: (808) 658-0515


We're looking for ANOTHER 15 Native or Beginning Farmers and Ranchers on Molokai to participate in Mahiʻai Moa Session 2 Cohort!

A Beginning Farmer: Defined as someone who has not operated a farm or ranch for more than 10 years (USDA Definition)

A Native Farmer: Native Hawaiian, American Indian/Native American, or Native Alaskan). If you are indigenous to another country other than the United States, you may still be eligible (Priority given due to funding restrictions)

Mahiʻai Moa Session 2 Application

Mahiʻai Moa is a 5-month educational program on commercial chicken production, utilizing a blend of Zoom & in-person workshops and field trips, including:

  • 6 Zoom workshops with Corey Harris from Simple Roots
  • 3 additional workshops: follow-up check-in sessions with the Mahiʻai Moa support team
  • 2 Chicken Foraging & Feed workshops with CTAHR
  • 2 off-island farm field trips
  • Farm Business Support: G.E license, business plan, and 1-on-1 consultations with a Farm Business Specialist
  • A built-in market for broiler bird sales while you stabilize and grow your business
  • A cohort-style model that encourages farmer-to-farmer support and collaborative sales methods
  • Supplies* to get your chicken business up and running!
    *Value of supplies to be determined, and will be a set amount for each cohort member.

And... a built-in market that supports business growth!

2024 Session 2 - Mahiʻai Moa Project Timeline

Program Applications Open

April 29 - May 18, 2024

Program Interviews

May 21-23, 2024

Selections Made

End f May 2024

Program Begins

May 28, 2024

Workshop dates

(5:30pm - 7:30pm)

May 28, 2024

June 4, 2024

June 18, 2024

July 2, 2024

July 30, 2024

August 13, 2024

August 27, 2024

September 10, 2024

September 24, 2024

Field Trip dates

June 2024

August 2024

In-Person Slaughter Training

September 2024

Program Graduation

October 2024

2024 Session 1 - Mahiʻai Moa Project Timeline

Program Applications Open

January 8-21, 2024

Program Interviews

January 22-24, 2024

Selections Made

January 31, 2024

Program Begins

February 1, 2024

Workshop dates

(5:30pm - 7:30pm)

February 1, 2024

February 8, 2024

February 15, 2024

February 29, 2024

March 7, 2024

March 21, 2024

May 9, 2024

June 8, 2024

July 13, 2024

Field Trip dates

February 25, 2024

April 27, 2024

In-Person Slaughter Training

June 1, 2024(Tentative)

June 22, 2024 (Tentative)

July 6, 2024 (Tentative)

Program Graduation

July 2024