For those who grew up in Hawaii during the decline of the sugar industry, news about community based sustainability projects that will build stability for food security for our island brings hope and excitement. The proposed regional agricultural hub project Hamakua Harvest, is one such initiative. The proposed location for Hamakua Harvest is at the corner of the Hawaii Belt Highway (Hwy 19) and Mamane Street (Hwy 240). Visionary and groundbreaking in scope, the project is gathering steam and could start to become a reality as early as the Spring of 2015.
The first planned phase is an all-weather farmers market that will feature local products from up to 26 vendors and serve as a venue for workshops, information booths, youth-focused activities and entertainment.
Future phases may include:
- A full-service retail nursery
- Demonstration working farm and learning center
- Compost facility
- Value-added agricultural processing facility
To see photos of the proposed site, visit this gallery by Sarah Anderson Photography. To participate in the community and vendor survey to provide your input to the project planners, visit the Hamakua Harvest website. You can also follow posts about the progress of the project on the Hamakua Harvest Facebook page.
Conceptual sketch of the project:
From the Hamakua Times: Integrated Farm Hub Proposed for Hamakua