Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) addressed the 7th Annual Hawaiʻi Farmers Union United (HFUU) (https://hfuuhi.org/)Convention held at Kahumana Farms in Waiʻanae. The congresswoman recognized the Hawaiʻi chapter’s achieving charter status (https://hfuuhi.org/president-report-2017-nfu-summer-meeting/) with the National Farmers Union (NFU) (https://nfu.org/) and spoke about opportunities for Hawaiʻi in the upcoming 2018 farm bill, and her work to fight for funding for important grant programs that empower Hawaiʻi’s communities to live more sustainably, strengthen local and regional food systems, and empower those growing food to feed Hawaiʻi’s people, leveling the field, rather than more giveaways to big, agribusiness corporations. The three day (https://hfuu.z2systems.com/np/clients/hfuu/event.jsp?event=258&) convention brings together members of the NFU, including NFU President Roger Johnson, NFU leadership from across the country, local farmers, small businessowners, and others to explore the concepts of Aloha ‘Aina and Malama ‘Aina to create regenerative agricultural systems for Hawaiʻi. This year’s conference includes panels and presentations on polyculture cover crops, agro ecology systems, soil and human health, hemp in Hawaiʻi, sustainable and organic farming, and much more.
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard said, “As a community, we have great potential for Hawaiʻi to empower our local farmers, strengthen our food security, secure funding for critical research, and empower our local communities through locally grown agriculture. Over the last several years, we’ve seen a rise in local farm-to-school programs, improved value of our coffee industries, and increased engagement among our local community to buy local and invest in community farming. There is much to be done to build on these successes, and events like today’s bring together all the necessary community components to make it happen.”
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