Since farmers’ markets have been shut down for the duration of the COVID-19 outbreak, local farmers are concerned about how they will be able to sell their produce, and locavores are wondering where they are going to buy their local produce and value-added products.
The University of Hawaiʻi’s successful farmer-training program, GoFarm Hawaiʻi, has been building a list of some resources for farmers as well as Find Your Farmer, a list of farmers who are still offering access to food in non-traditional ways, such as through pick-up and drop-off. They have the information promoted on their Facebook and Instagram pages so that farmers can add their information.
GoFarm Hawaiʻi has been addressing the issue of food security long before the unprecedented COVID-19 health crisis.
GoFarm Hawaiʻi is a collaborative effort involving UH Mānoa’s College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, Windward Community College and UH’s Agribusiness Incubator Program.
They are looking for farmers who have food to sell as well as building a resource for people to access food. GoFarm Hawaiʻi is also requesting any recommendations of services that can aid farmers during the interim so they can be added to the list.
More on GoFarm Hawaiʻi
GoFarm Hawaiʻi has five program sites across four islands, making it one of the largest beginning-farmer training programs in the nation. Sites are located on Oʻahu (in Waimānalo and Waialua), Kauaʻi, Maui and Hawaiʻi Island. Started in 2012, the program has successfully trained aspiring farmers throughout the state.