Hawai‘i organic foods industry analysis released

KAMUELA, Hawai‘i—March 6, 2014—A yearlong study of issues and challenges faced by Hawai‘i’s organic food industry recently concluded with the issuance of a final report. The report, “Growing Organics: Moving Hawai‘i’s Organic Industry Forward,” puts forth 58 recommendations to increase organic food production and distribution, improve access to technical assistance, promote producer and consumer education, reduce costs, and foster greater advocacy for certified organic food production in Hawai‘i, among others.
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Lou Cooperhouse to conduct Food Business Basics workshops

KAMUELA, Hawai‘i—February 13, 2013—Value-added and specialty foods consultant Lou Cooperhouse will present “Food Business Basics: Getting Started and Finding Your Niche in the Specialty Foods Business” workshops in Hilo, Honoka‘a, Pahala and Ho‘olehua March 11–15. The workshops are designed for farmers seeking to develop their raw product into a value-added product and bring it to market, entrepreneurs and restaurateurs interested in diversifying their revenue streams with specialty food products, and established producers looking to take their food businesses to the next level.
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Eight farmers markets on Hawai‘i Island now accept EBT

KAMUELA, Hawai‘i—October 26, 2012—Eight Hawai‘i Island farmers markets now accept EBT cards. SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly called food stamps) recipients can use their EBT cards at the Maku‘u Farmers Market in Puna, Hilo Coffee Mill Farmers Market in Mountain View, Kino‘ole Farmers Market in Hilo, Volcano Farmers Market in Volcano, Keauhou Farmers Market in Kona, Hawi Farmers Market in North Kohala, Hilo Farmers Market in Hilo and S.P.A.C.E. Farmers Market in Puna.
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