This farm provides 'aina-based educational opportunities within a modern operational `ahupua`a that encompasses the use of natural resources. Through the integration of traditional Polynesian food crops, aquaponics, and vermicomposting we will create:
1. Culturally significant 'aina-based educational opportunities for our At-Risk youth, and k-12 school groups
2. A job training facility for people with disabilities
3. Sober Living Housing and work program
The Wailuku Community Plan (2002) emphasizes the conservation of natural resources, open space and watersheds. Our efforts perpetuates those desired qualities delineated in the Plan and can best be managed through programs rooted in cultural values and activities. This project meets several goals and objectives outlined in the Wailuku Community Plan such as 1) supporting agricultural production so as to continue to provide employment and contribute to the region’s economic well-being, 2) Preserve agricultural lands as a major element of the open space setting, 3) Protect and preserve cultural practices, sites, and landscapes 4) Preserve and protect native Hawaiian rights and practices 5) Develop and maintain an efficient and responsive system of public services including disabled an disadvantaged persons and offers opportunities for self-improvement and community well-being.
We seek to establish a Beginning Farmer Development Program dedicated to training new and displaced farming families on Maui and inspiring island youth to consider careers in agriculture. We would like to model this program after The Kohala Center’s Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program located on Hawaii Island. Ho’oulu ‘Aina Farms recognizes that these services are in dire need here on Maui and is dedicated to motivating and training the next generation of farmers. Services and programs will increase local food production, decrease dependency on imports, connect Maui schools to fresh produce, diversify Maui’s rural economy, create jobs, and moves Hawai‘i toward greater food self-reliance.