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Ma’o Organic Farms Tour & Lunch
May 20 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Ma‘o is Oahu’s preeminent organic farm, conceived of in 2000. This Waianae farm has focused on much more than growing fruits and vegetables over these twenty years. It has had a major impact on its community by providing education, jobs, wellness, training and community renewal. For more background on Ma‘o check out their website maoorganicfarms.org
Over the years, SFOahu has supported Ma‘o Farms by funding travel and securing lodging for Ma‘o staff to attend the biennial Terra Madre event in Turin, Italy. We are proud of our long standing connections with Ma‘o and will be excited to hear about the impact Terra Madre has had on their organization. Founders Gary & Kukui Maunakea-Forth will be on hand, along with other staff, to talk about their experiences in Italy and how those have affected their desire to expand and grow more food and more people.
Ma‘o has recently acquired a large parcel of land (250 acres) with which to expand their operations in Lualualei Valley. We will tour the new packing facility which is almost complete. This will be followed by lunch, prepared for us by a young mahi‘ai (farmer).