Farming Resources

Useful Links


Federal Agencies


US Department of Agriculture

USDA Rural Development, Hawai‘i State Office

USDA National Ag Statistics Service – Hawai‘i

USDA – Natural Resources Conservation Service – Pacific Islands

USDA – National Organics Program

USDA Organic Certification Cost Share Program

Start 2 Farm

State and County Agencies


Agricultural Marketing Resource Center

Hawai‘i Agriculture & Food Products

Hawai‘i County Research and Development – Agriculture program

Hawai‘i Department of Agriculture

Hawai‘i Food and Drug Branch (Food Safety)



College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR)

College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR) –  Local and Immigrant Farmer Education Program – English and Translated Training Materials

College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR) – Sustainable and Organic Agricultural Program

Hilo College of Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resource Management

The Kohala Center‘s Ku I Ka Mana – Beginning Farmer Training Program\

Pacific Business Center Program

University of Hawai‘i – Agribusiness Incubator Program (AIP)

University of Hawai‘i Community College Agricultural Program


Private and Non-Profit Initiatives


Big Island Invasive Species Committees

Big Island Farm Bureau

Hawai‘i Agriculture Research Center (HARC)

Hawai‘i Agritourism Association

Hawai‘i Food Policy Council

Hawai‘i Homegrown Food Network

Hawai‘i Island Mediation Program (HIAMP) is a non-profit organization that provides free mediation services to the agricultural community

Hawai‘i Island School Garden Network

Hawai‘i Seed

Hawai‘i Small Business Development Center

Kona County Farm Bureau

The Laulima Center – Rural and Cooperative Business Development

National Sustainable Agricultural Information Service

Pacific Gateway Center (PGC)  – Great resources for beginning farmers and training materials translated into several languages.

SCORE Hawai‘i – Free business advice and counseling.


Professional Organizations


Big Island Beekeepers Association

Hawai‘i Chocolate and Cacao Association (HCCA)

Hawai‘i Coffee Association

Hawai‘i Export Nursery Association (HENA)

Hawai‘i Farm Bureau

Hawai‘i Farmers Union United /

Hawai‘i Food Industry Association

Hawai‘i Food Manufacturer’s Association

Hawai‘i Macadamia Nut Association

Hawai‘i Organic Farmers Association (HOFA)

Hawai‘i Papaya Industry Association

Hawai‘i Sheep and Goat Association

Hawai‘i Tea Society

Hawai‘i Tropical Fruit Growers Association

Hilo Orchid Society

Kona Coffee Farmers Association

Kona-Kohala Chefs Association

Orchid Growers of Hawai‘i

Informational Websites


Adding value to locally grown crops in Hawai‘i

Agricultural Marketing Resource Center

Bee Love Hawai‘i

The Breadfruit Institute

Cover crops in Hawa‘ii

Fruit of Warm Climates

Good Agricultural Practices, A Self-Audit for Growers and Handlers

Hawai‘i Agribusiness Guidebook

Hawai‘i County Food Self-Sufficiency Baseline Study 2012


Hawai‘i Island Farmer’s Guide to Accessing Local Markets

Hawai‘i Plant Diseases

Natural Farming Hawai‘i

New Farmer Guidebook

University of Hawai‘i Master Gardener Program Web Links: Tropical Topics (great resource for publications and info re: crops, natives, pests, landscaping, etc)