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