HAF Ag Park at Kunia
The HAF Ag Park at Kunia was established in July 2011 through a partnership between the Hawaii Agricultural Foundation (HAF), Island Palm Communities (IPC) and Monsanto Hawaii. The partnership made available land, infrastructure and technical assistance to help farmers gain economic self-sufficiency, scale and access to markets throughout Hawaii. IPC is a public-private partnership with the federal government that constructs military housing. They own 2,400 acres of agricultural lands in the Kunia plains of which they have leased the majority to Monsanto for seed corn production. As part of IPC’s and Monsanto’s commitment to supporting the local community, they both agreed that a portion, 220 acres, be set-aside for diversified agricultural production. To ensure a fair process and the successful creation of an agricultural park, the Foundation was identified as the entity to oversee, manage and sublease the lands.
The HAF Ag Park at Kunia is comprised of 4 very distinct parcels that vary in acreage. The Kunia corridor provides excellent growing environments with consistent sunlight and warm temperatures. Currently, the park farmers are growing diverse crops including taro, many types of greens and lettuces, bananas, eggplant, beans, peppers, tomatoes, daikon, long squash, radish, papaya, and avocado. Security is provided in the park, and the Ag Park manager is available to assist farmers and serves as a liaison between HAF, the farmers, and Monsanto.
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HAF Ag Park at Kunia Harvests First Crops
On October 26, 2012, the late U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye and Governor Neil Abercrombie joined the Hawaii Agricultural Foundation, Island Palm Communities and Monsanto Hawaii for a tour of the Kunia Ag Park to congratulate farmers on their first harvest. Chili peppers, peanuts, ulu and taro are among the crops currently being farmed and are represented in the first harvest.
“The speed in which the farmers have prepared the land, planted and harvested their crops has been phenomenal,” said Denise Hayashi, Executive Director of the HAF. “Land that sat fallow for years has quickly gone back into production, and is now feeding our local community.”
“Creating new partnerships that sustain and provide opportunities for our local food producers to scale their operations is fundamental to the long-term viability of agriculture in Hawaii,” said Jeanine Ogawa, former Chair of the HAF. “Working with the late Senator Inouye and private companies, Island Palms Communities and Monsanto Hawaii provided us with the necessary leadership infrastructure and knowledge base to make this partnership possible.”