In order to elevate Hawaii’s farms to meet national standards and public expectations, Hawaii’s farmers will require technical assistance and training to comply with food safety regulations and land management requirements. This initiative, “Co-Managing Food Safety and Land Stewardship on Hawaii Farms” will identify and fulfill opportunities for local farmers to comply with two common regulations: food safety requirements designed to minimize risk to consumers, and land development ordinances designed to minimize soil erosion. We will assemble a team of farmers and food safety & conservation planning experts to identify, select, and demonstrate co-management practices (defined as conservation practices that simultaneously address food safety requirements) that are suitable for Hawaii’s agricultural industry. We will share information with conservation planners, extension agents and other agricultural professionals, increasing the use of conservation practices that improve land stewardship and support food safety compliance.
Project objectives from proposal:
Project team members will identify, select, and demonstrate management tools and best practices for Hawaii farmers to successfully co-manage food safety and land stewardship goals. Key objectives and timelines include:
- Evaluate and identify practices that simultaneously address food safety and land stewardship goals.
July – October 2019: Convene advisory panel of farmers and professionals with expertise in food safety and land stewardship
July – December 2019: Create matrix of conservation practices based on the relationship between food safety and land stewardship
- Select high priority practices based on efficacy, feasibility and viability for Hawaii’s farmers.
January – March 2020: Obtain feedback from farmers and others to select the most viable strategies
- Demonstrate the use of practices identified as supportive of both goals (co-management practices).
April – June 2020: Install on-farm demonstrations of the most viable practices
July – September 2020: host on-farm workshops to share results (2 islands)
- Increase knowledge of co-management practices among farmers and agricultural professionals.
April – June 2020: draft outreach materials (fact sheet, e-newsletter, articles / publications)
June – December 2020: Share information with farmers, farm advocacy groups, conservation planners, farm advisors and other agricultural professionals.