Farming Resources

Useful Links

 

Federal Agencies

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US Department of Agriculture http://www.usda.gov

USDA Rural Development, Hawai‘i State Office http://rurdev.usda.gov/HI-Contacts.html

USDA National Ag Statistics Service – Hawai‘i   http://www.nass.usda.gov/Statistics_by_State/Hawaii/index.asp

USDA – Natural Resources Conservation Service – Pacific Islands http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/site/pia/home

USDA – National Organics Program http://www.ams.usda.gov/AMSv1.0/NOP

USDA Organic Certification Cost Share Program http://hdoa.hawaii.gov/add/md/organiccostshare/

Start 2 Farm http://www.start2farm.gov/

State and County Agencies

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Agricultural Marketing Resource Center http://www.agmrc.org/

Hawai‘i Agriculture & Food Products http://hawaii.gov/hdoa/add/products-database

Hawai‘i County Research and Development – Agriculture program http://hawaiicountyag.com/

Hawai‘i Department of Agriculture http://hawaii.gov/hdoa/hdoa

Hawai‘i Food and Drug Branch (Food Safety) http://hawaii.gov/health/environmental/food_drug/food/foodsafety.html

Education

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College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR) http://www.ctahr.hawaii.edu

College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR) –  Local and Immigrant Farmer Education Program – English and Translated Training Materials  http://www.ctahr.hawaii.edu/life/Site/Training_Materials.html

College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR) – Sustainable and Organic Agricultural Program http://www.ctahr.hawaii.edu/sustainag

Hilo College of Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resource Management http://hilo.hawaii.edu/academics/cafnrm/

The Kohala Center‘s Ku I Ka Mana – Beginning Farmer Training Program http://kohalacenter.org/farmertraining\

Pacific Business Center Program http://pbcphawaii.com

University of Hawai‘i – Agribusiness Incubator Program (AIP)  http://aip.hawaii.edu/default.aspx

University of Hawai‘i Community College Agricultural Program  http://hawaii.hawaii.edu/agriculture/

 

Private and Non-Profit Initiatives

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Agroforestry.org http://agroforestry.org/

Big Island Invasive Species Committees  http://www.hawaiiinvasivespecies.org/iscs/biisc/

Big Island Farm Bureau http://www.bigislandfarmbureau.org/

Hawai‘i Agriculture Research Center (HARC) http://www.harc-hspa.com/

Hawai‘i Agritourism Association   http://www.hiagtourism.org/

Hawai‘i Food Policy Council http://www.hawaiifoodpolicycouncil.org/featured/welcome

Hawai‘i Homegrown Food Network http://www.hawaiihomegrown.net

Hawai‘i Island Mediation Program (HIAMP) is a non-profit organization that provides free mediation services to the agricultural community http://hiamp.emcenter.org/

Hawai‘i Island School Garden Network http://www.kohalacenter.org/HISGN/about.html

Hawai‘i Seed http://hawaiiseed.org/

Hawai‘i Small Business Development Center http://hisbdc.org/

Kona County Farm Bureau http://konafarmbureau.org/contact.html

The Laulima Center – Rural and Cooperative Business Development http://www.kohalacenter.org/laulima/home.html

National Sustainable Agricultural Information Service https://attra.ncat.org/

Pacific Gateway Center (PGC)  – Great resources for beginning farmers and training materials translated into several languages. http://www.pacificgatewaycenter.org/beginning-farmers.html

SCORE Hawai‘i – Free business advice and counseling.  https://hawaii.score.org/

 

Professional Organizations

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Big Island Beekeepers Association http://www.bigislandbeekeepers.com/

Hawai‘i Chocolate and Cacao Association (HCCA) http://hawaiichocolate.org

Hawai‘i Coffee Association http://www.hawaiicoffeeassoc.org/

Hawai‘i Export Nursery Association (HENA) http://www.hena.org/

Hawai‘i Farm Bureau http://hfbf.org/

Hawai‘i Farmers Union United http://hawaiifarmersunionunited.org /

Hawai‘i Food Industry Association http://www.hawaiifood.com/

Hawai‘i Food Manufacturer’s Association http://www.foodsofhawaii.com/

Hawai‘i Macadamia Nut Association http://www.hawaiimacnut.org/Content/default.asp

Hawai‘i Organic Farmers Association (HOFA) http://www.hawaiiorganic.org/

Hawai‘i Papaya Industry Association http://www.hawaiipapaya.com/

Hawai‘i Sheep and Goat Association https://sites.google.com/site/hawaiisheepandgoatassociation/

Hawai‘i Tea Society http://www.hawaiiteasociety.org/

Hawai‘i Tropical Fruit Growers Association http://www.hawaiitropicalfruitgrowers.org/

Hilo Orchid Society http://www.hiloorchidsociety.org

Kona Coffee Farmers Association http://www.konacoffeefarmers.org/

Kona-Kohala Chefs Association http://www.konakohalachefs.org

Orchid Growers of Hawai‘i http://www.hawaiiorchidgrowers.org

Informational Websites

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Adding value to locally grown crops in Hawai‘i http://agroforestry.net/pubs/Adding-Value-Hawaii-guide.pdf

Agricultural Marketing Resource Center  www.agmrc.org

Bee Love Hawai‘i http://www.beelovehawaii.com

The Breadfruit Institute http://www.ntbg.org/breadfruit

Cover crops in Hawa‘ii   http://oahurcd.org/wp-content/uploads/Cover-Crop-Handbook-Final_Oct-2011.pdf

Fruit of Warm Climates  http://www.hort.purdue.edu/newcrop/morton/index.html

Good Agricultural Practices, A Self-Audit for Growers and Handlers    http://onfarmfoodsafety.org/wp-content/uploads/ucdavis-food-safety-audit.pdf

Hawai‘i Agribusiness Guidebook  http://oahurcd.org/resources/312-2/

Hawai‘i County Food Self-Sufficiency Baseline Study 2012   http://geodata.sdal.hilo.hawaii.edu/techgis/coh/BASELINE_FOOD_SUSTAINABILITY_WEB.pdf

Hawai‘i Fruit.net  http://www.hawaiifruit.net/

Hawai‘i Island Farmer’s Guide to Accessing Local Markets  http://www.hawaii.hawaii.edu/ocet/docs/guide_to_accessing_markets.pdf

Hawai‘i Plant Diseases  http://www.hawaiiplantdisease.net/

Natural Farming Hawai‘i http://naturalfarminghawaii.net/

New Farmer Guidebook  http://oahurcd.org/resources/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) http://www.ctahr.hawaii.edu/UHMG/tropical-topics.asp