Seed Firm Engages Small Farmers in Islands

Seed Firm Engages Small Farmers in Islands

Seed Firm Engages Small Farmers in Islands

HONOLULU STAR ADVERTISER

/ September 15, 2016 /

State and federal agencies supporting agriculture partnered with vegetable seed developer Monsanto on Wednesday to encourage small Hawaii farmers to produce more local produce.

The event, billed as a “vegucation” workshop for farmers, was a first-time endeavor that included presentations about farm loans, new vegetable varieties, customer demand, equipment and more.

Farmers also heard from local chefs and food distribution firm Armstrong Produce at the workshop held at Monsanto’s seed research and production farm in Kunia.

About 80 farmers were among attendees, according to event organizers.

Scott Enright, director of the state Department of Agriculture, said one of the missions of the agency is to help small farmers grow. “We’re there, and we want to be there for you,” he said. “We want to be there to support the growth of agriculture.”

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