The North Kohala Eat Locally Grown Campaign has been working in North Kohala since 2009 to grow a community-based, sustainable food system that addresses the health, environment, culture and economy of the North Kohala community.
North Kohala has a goal in its county mandated North Kohala Community Development Plan goal to “…produce 50% of the food it consumes.” The North Kohala Eat Locally Grown Campaign has been helping the community move towards this ambitious goal through strategic planning, capacity building, market building and public outreach initiatives.
North Kohala residents identified agricultural tourism as a way to improve the economic viability of our small farms and community. In response, the North Kohala Eat Locally Grown Campaign conceived the Growing Agricultural Tourism in North Kohala initiative. The initiative is working with local agricultural producers and chefs to develop a variety of farm tours and farm to table dining experiences, and creating a regional agricultural tourism brand for North Kohala. The aim is to diversify income for North Kohala’s small farms.
Growing Agricultural Tourism in North Kohala is sponsored by the Hawai’i Tourism Authority, County of Hawai’i, Department of Research and Development, and the Dorrance Family Foundation.
Projects of the North Kohala Eat Locally Grown Campaign include:
• EBT Booth at the Hawi Farmers Market
• Community Harvest Hawai‘i Food Processing and Distribution
• Kanu Hawai‘i Eat Local Challenge: Statewide Local Outreach
• Kanu Hawai‘i Organizers Boot Camp: Capacity Building
• Kohala ‘Aina Harvest Festival Partner
• My Eat Local Hawai‘i Plate
• North Kohala Eat Locally Grown Days and Week
• North Kohala Food Forum
• Community based strategic planning: Growing a Local Food System in North Kohala—Planning for 50% food self-sufficiency.
• North Kohala Know Your Farmer Directory
• Plant and Seed Exchange at Kohala Country Fair
Community Workshops and Events:
• All About Coconuts
• All About ‘Uala
• Eat Local Luncheon for Kohala Seniors
• Fresh Fruit Snacks for Kohala Elementary School
• Focus on Food Preservation
• Getting Down and Dirty: A Soil Mini-Symposium
• Growing an Abundant Food Garden
• Ingredients (film)
• Kohala Farm-to-Fork Tours
• Local Heroes Cooking Class with Kohala Elementary Discovery Garden
• Seed Saving
• Sonatas of the Soil and Talk Dirt
• Think Local Buy Local Eat Local
• Tree Planting and Volunteer Day at Kohala High School
• Value Added Products for Small Farms
To learn more, visit www.foodhubkohala.org