Kanu Hawai’i’s statewide Eat Local campaign is taking off on Hawai’i Island. Several island organizations are spearheading the effort here, including the Hawai’i Homegrown Food Network, the North Kohala Eat Locally Grown campaign, and Slow Food Hawai’i. Numerous events, workshops, farmers markets, restaurants and individuals are joining together for the week of September 25th to October 2nd to commit to increasing the amount of local food that is grown, offered and eaten. For detailed information about the week’s activities, see the following websites:
- North Kohala Eat Locally Grown Campaign
- Hawai’i Homegrown Food Network
- Slow Food Hawai’i
- Kanu Hawaii
As one market vendor commented; "the Volcano Market is a wonderful community party every Sunday morning!" I was greeted by a stunning variety of breakfast choices, from Thai chicken soup to fluffy whole grain pancakes, homemade bagels and freshly made cheese, fresh baked goods, carrot/beet/ginger juice made to order, and more!"
Held at the Hilton Waikoloa Resort on September 10th, the 15th Annual Taste was a celebration showcasing not only the naturally grass fed Hawai'i grown beef but also pork, wild boar, lamb, mutton, goat and the many vegetables, fruits, value added products and other food products as diverse as coffee, tea, goat cheese, macadamia nuts and chocolate grown, produced and/or made on this island.
I was feeling like the North Kohala Eat Locally Grown Campaign was a one woman show. If I dropped it, would anyone even notice or care? Where were the community volunteers? Why didn't the community "get it?" Why didn't funders "get it?" Why did the same 1-3 people always end up doing all the work?
If you like FOOD—growing it, cooking it, eating it, and talking about it—the North Kohala Eat Locally Grown Campaign has something for you! Farmers, ranchers, hunters, and fisherman in North Kohala provide our community with so many unique and delicious foods. In conjunction with the Kanu Hawai’i statewide Eat Local campaign, the North Kohala Eat Locally Grown Campaign encourages you to seek out, cook out, eat out, eat in, and generally celebrate our local foods September 25–October 2, 2010.
- Keauhou Farmers Market
- Biochar for Self-Reliant Garden and Farm Abundance
- Ho'oulu ka 'Ulu—Revitalizing Breadfruit on Hawai'i Island
- Natural Farming with Indigenous Microorganisms: Inputs and Uses
- Waimea Homestead Farmers Market
- Self-Reliant Garden Techniques Workshop
- The Pa’auilo School Agriculture Program
- Holualoa Summer Farmfest & 'Ukulele Jam