hope they may bring crops that don’t even make it to Oahu, such as local broccoli and celery. The field-to-table freshness really makes a difference in taste, and consumers can learn why it benefits them to buy local.” The HFBF is still looking for volunteers to help with this year’s Farm Fair. For more information, visit www.hfbf.org or call (808) 874-2074. “For members, it’s more than just an event; it’s about quality time spent, which is priceless. It’s a great time to catch up with each other, and an even better time to bond with their families, who often join them for the event,” said Hamachi, reflecting on time spent with his family while volunteering. By the way, the farm fair also serves a good cause. It serves as a fundraiser for the Hawai`i Farm Bureau Federation (HFBF). “The funds raised are needed to run the organization statewide, pay its employees, and enable support for legislative issues, events, and other things that benefit our members,” explained Katsumi Higa, who had worked on the fair for many years. “It’s very labor intensive, but it supports the organization that benefits us.”
Attractions and exhibits that will be part of the Fair include: • • • • • • • • •
Agricultural displays and activities 4-H Livestock Show and Auction Farmers’ Market Made In Hawai`i Products Orchid & Plant Sale Petting Zoo & Pony Rides Inflatable Bouncers Live Entertainment Food Booths
Local businesses and community organizations will present educational demonstrations and presentations such as: Floral arrangements using local plants, cooking with local products, aquaculture, composting, invasive agricultural products. In keeping with consumer trends, people can learn about organic produce, how to pick the right produce and pork, and new agriculture products in Hawai`i. For a list of other events promoting Hawaii’s agriculture on all of the Hawaiian islands, be sure also to check your local papers as well as the EVENTS page on our webssite at www.ediblehawaiianislands.com.