The Kauai Farmers Union will be hosting its second meeting on Wednesday, April 9th at 6pm, at Anahola Clubhouse. Topics include a discussion on what the Farmers Union stands for and how the community can work with the union to support family farms and local values around food security and self reliance. Early stage plans for the Kilauea Agricultural Park Complex will also be discussed.
The group’s first meeting in March had over 50 attendees and the established Maui chapter sees over 200 attendees for their events. The Kauai Farmers Union advocates for the sovereign right of farmers to create and sustain vibrant and prosperous agricultural communities for the benefit of all through cooperation, education and legislation. The group strives to empower island farmers to earn a prosperous living through regenerative stewardship of our lands, waters and communities; and serve as a bridge between farmers and consumers.
“There’s been a huge interest across the island in creating a resource for family farmers and food producers,” says President Ray Maki. “On the most remote landmass in the world where we currently import 90% of our food, it’s critical that we build a stronger, more sustainable food system.”
For more than 100 years Farmers Union has been the grassroots organization of America’s family farms and ranches. During its storied history, Farmers Union emerged as an influential organization that helped shape national policy, organized cooperative businesses that thrive today, delivered educational programs designed to build rural leaders, and provided farmers and ranchers with opportunities to be at the table. Today, Farmers Union continues to be the nation’s premier farm organization dedicated to family farm agriculture, cooperative businesses, and rural communities.
The public is encouraged to attend the April 9th meeting for more information. For more info call Ray Maki at 808-634-5412.