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With a mission to revitalize breadfruit, or ulu, Hawaii Ulu Cooperative helps aggregate and distribute the fruit to the island community. “From an environmental standpoint and a social standpoint, it’s awesome,” explained general manager Dana Shapiro. One of the most sustainable starches on Earth, ulu is an indigenous staple and perpetuates the Hawaiian culture and native Hawaiian history.
Highlighting the unique features of the Maui and Ecuadorian cacao beans, Maui Kuia Estate Chocolate grows the highest quality beans to create delicious and locally-inspired chocolate. “We started the factory on the proposition that we’re giving the net profit back to the community,” explained owner Gunars Valkirs regarding Maui Kuia Estate Chocolate’s mission.
Keiki and Plow works to “inspire health, empower children, and grow community through sustainable agriculture.” Executive Director Heather Mohr explained that she has a “lifelong passion of advocating for the health and wellbeing of children and the greater community,” which she is fulfilling through a large community and educational outreach with Keiki and Plow.
Balancing regenerative, organic farming and connecting with the community, Yogarden Hawaii is cultivating their new four acre land in Waimanalo, Oahu with hundreds of beautiful fruit trees and more. “Our mission is to bring the community together to support a healthy, sustainable lifestyle,” said co-owner Kelly Stern, who works with her partner, Paul Izak, to accomplish this goal.
Located on the island of Molokai, Barking Deer Farm is a small family operated farm that has a mission and mindset of “growing healthy soil in order to grow really healthy vegetables,” explained owner Jamie Ronzello, who spent over a year cover-cropping and composting before planting anything to ensure the soil was of the highest quality.