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Ma’O Farm Returns, and Free Market Bags from Kokua Foundation

 Farmers’ Market News

April 30, 2014 – Vol. 6 Issue 17  

Aloha FarmLovers!

This week we welcome Ma’O Organic Farm back to Kaka’ako Farmers’ Market, so be sure to fill those bags with your favorite organic greens!

GO PLASTIC FREE & GET A FREE BAG!

Through a grant from the Johnson Ohana Charitable Foundation  Kōkua Hawaiʻi Foundation’s Plastic Free Hawai’i program has been distributing FREE reusable tote bags featuring Plastic Free Hawaiʻi artwork by Heather Brown in anticipation of Oʻahu going plastic bag free in 2015.
With the support of FarmLovers Farmers’ Markets and other community partners, Plastic Free Hawaiʻi volunteers have distributed approximately 4,000 Plastic Free Hawaiʻi bags at outreach events since February. That means 4,000 commitments to bringing your own reusable bag when shopping. These shoppers can prevent over 2 million plastic bags from entering Hawaii’s waste stream in the next 5 years by using just one reusable bag each trip to the store or market. More importantly over 1300, or one quarter, of the total commitments made are from FarmLovers Markets attendees.

Catch up with the Plastic Free Hawaiʻi team in May at these market dates to get your free bag:

Saturday, May 3 – Pearlridge Farmers’ Market
Thursday, May 15 – Haleiwa Farmers’ Market 
Sunday, May 18 – KailuaTown Farmers’ Market
Saturday, May 31 – Kakaʻako Farmers’ Market
 

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Think you know what a farmer looks like?

Farmers’ Market News

April 23, 2014 – Vol. 6 Issue 16
Aloha FarmLovers!
Mahalo to YES! Magazine for this article…

Think You Know What a Farmer Looks Like? Think Again.

Preliminary results from the 2012 Census of Agriculture show the increasing role of women in U.S. agriculture-especially on organic and small-scale farms.

by Sena Christian

When Lindsey Morris Carpenter was a college student studying art in Philadelphia, she never expected that, just a decade later, she would spend most of her days fixing up tractors, turning piles of manure, and corralling chickens.

But that’s precisely what she’s doing. Carpenter, 29, dropped out of school in 2004 and returned to her home state of Wisconsin, where she found a job on a vegetable farm. She went on to apprentice at a larger operation in suburban Chicago and eventually secured employment at an urban farm on the city’s south side, teaching previously incarcerated people how to grow food.

By 2007, Carpenter had decided she wanted her own piece of land to farm, so she and her mother, Gail, bought 40 acres in south central Wisconsin and got down to business-an opportunity she’s grateful for since she’s aware that not everyone has access to the resources that allowed her to purchase this land.

Today, Carpenter’s certified-organic operation, Grassroots Farm, grows fruit, vegetables, hops, and herbs; she also sells pesticide-free cut flowers and eggs from the farm’s chickens. Being as environmentally sustainable as possible is paramount to Grassroots’ operations, Carpenter says. So, too, is a commitment to provide healthy, fresh food to local people regardless of the size of their bank accounts. continue reading…

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Easter Egg Hunt at Haleiwa & KailuaTown!

Farmers’ Market News

April 16, 2014 – Vol. 6 Issue 15

Aloha FarmLovers!

Bring the kiddos… we are getting ready for Easter Eggs Hunts! Easter Bunny will be on hand, so bring your little ones and their baskets and join in the fun. This Thursday in Haleiwa at 5pm, and Sunday in KailuaTown at 9:30 &10:30. FREE.

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