Thursday, January 26, 2012

Hawaii Farmers Union United Whispering Winds Bamboo

The Whispering Winds Bamboo farm has been building a foundation for a viable source of bamboo products, primarily for building and soon for BioChar. At the January 2012 meeting of the Hawaii Farmers Union United, Rich Von Welshiem presents pictures and information.

Hawaii Farmers Union United Leo Smock Randall

Leo Smock Randall of the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, presents information on how they can help farmers during the January Hawaii Farmers Union United meeting. There's so many ways that the NRCS can help with plans, support and monies.

The Hawaii Farmers Union United has a website at Lehua Vander Velde has been responsible for helping to create this site and talks about the features presently and visioned for the future. A dynamic work in progress, like the Hawaii Farmers Union United events, the website is about you, the farmers, the foodie and so get involved and help provide Lehua with information for the site.

Hawaii Farmers Union United - Amy Cortese-Locavesting

Fresh from the TEDxMaui2012, Amy Cortese ( award winning journalist and author of Locavesting, stopped in to the January Hawaii Farmers Union United meeting with Maui's David Fisher ( to speak to the Hawaii Farmers Union United members and guests.

Hawaii Farmers Union United on Bill for Industrial Hemp

Romonda Anand, has submitted a bill for Industrial Hemp to the Hawaii Legislature under HB1727. Bill Greenleaf of the Hawaii Farmers Union United passes on the information and urges people to get involved.

A regular part of the Hawaii Farmer Union United is the Legislative Corner. Bill Greenleaf presents information about various bills and laws that impact on local food producers and agriculture.

Hawaii Farmers Union United Astronomer Corner

Harrit Witt, did a talk on time and the farmers almanac for the Hawaii Farmers Union United.

Hawaii Farmers Union United Produce Corner

The Hawaii Farmers Union United presents the Produce corner with Ryan Eareheart of Mana Foods to talk about coconut.

Hawaii Farmers Union United Chef's Corner

The first meeting of 2012 for the Hawaii Farmers Union United included the popular Chef's Corner. Kicking the year off was Chef Justin Pardo, co-owner of the Market Fresh Bistro in Makawao, Maui, Hawaii. Known for his use of almost all (any he can get) local produce.

For tonight's segment of Chef's Corner, Chef Justin Pardo gave his recipes and tips for Rhubarb Chutney.

Hawaii Farmers Union United Community info

Vincent Mina of the Hawaii Farmers Union United relates the community events and happenings around Maui at the first meeting of 2012 in Pukalani, Maui, Hawaii.

Hawaii Farmers Union United January Meeting Intro

This is the opening to the first Hawaii Farmers Union United of 2012. There was a very large crowd, almost too many for the Tavares pool meeting room in Pukalani, Maui, Hawaii.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Maui Farmers Union United Meeting for January

Maui Farmers Union United
Tuesday, Jan 24, 2012, 6-9pm
Pukalani, Tavares Center Pool Room

Maui Farmers United
Tuesday, Jan 24, 2012, 6-9pm
Pukalani, Tavares Center Pool Room
First meeting of 2012 and were coming out of the gates with a great one in store.
Special guest Amy Cortese will be at this meeting speaking on locavesting. Amy is in town as a presenter of TEDx Maui this coming Sunday
With twenty speakers this Sunday this event is sold out yet will also be LIVE STREAMED over the internet. One not to miss!!!

Produce and Seed Swap:
Bring your home/farm grown produce leave with another growers produce.
Doors Open 6pm
6:30pm - 7:00 - Farmers Feast "It's all about the food"
All are welcome & encouraged to participate in this festive meal of good will
Be Creative its your event!!!
Grow, buy, prepare or share a local grown dish, if you can't bring anything to share to eat, members are $5, $10 non members or come early to set up and stay after to clean up.
Membership Special Offer
(Pay $15 to become a member and dinner will be on us.)
This is a trash free event,
please bring your own dish and utensils.

Meeting Schedule:

7:00 - 7:10 Welcome, Announcements Vincent Mina
7:10 - 7:25 Chef's Corner Chef Justin Pardo Rhubarb Chutney*
7:25- 7:40 Produce Scoop Ryan Eareheart- Coconut Demo
7:40 - 7:50 Farmers Almanac Harriet Witt
7:50 - 8:00 HFUU Legislative Report Bill Greenleaf
8:00 - 8:05 MFUU Website Updated Lehua Vander Velde
8:05- 8:20 Leo Smock Randall NRCS $$$ Programs
8:20- 8:45 Locavesting- Maui's own David Fisher & Special Guest just off her
Tedx Maui presentation, Amy Cortese
8:45- 9pm Rich Von Welshiem Whispering Winds Bamboo Post harvest
protocols for timber bamboo by whispering winds bamboo
Leo Smock Randall-NRCS:
Conservation opportunities for Maui's landowners & managers
-What is NRCS & Conservation planning
-What types of natural resource issues does NRCS address
-What programs are available to provide technical and financial assistance
-What are the first steps to participate.

NRCS will be accepting applications for 2012 program assistance over the next several months. I hope to give an idea of what our programs have to offer for cropland, pasture, & forestry projects. In addition there are several national initiatives helping transition farms to organic, incentivizing energy audits for agricultural operations and promoting seasonal high tunnels (also known as hoop houses).
* Videos from past meetings-

(info courtesy of Maui Aloha Aina Association