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 http://tedxmaui.com/
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 http://www.amycortese.com
8:45- 9pm Rich Von Welshiem Whispering Winds Bamboo Post harvest
protocols for timber bamboo by whispering winds bamboo http://www.whisperingwindsbamboo.com/
Leo Smock Randall-NRCS: ice.ucdavis.edu/~robyn/hinrcs.html
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 www.MauiGrown.com)