Op-Ed: Mahi Pono Bringing Sustainable Ag to Maui

December marked one-year since Mahi Pono was established to return active agriculture production to Central Maui. During our first 12 months, we have cleared thousands of acres of former sugarcane land and planted new crops – potatoes, citrus trees, papayas and onions. And in 2020, we are scheduled to plant coffee, citrus varieties, papaya and ulu, totaling approximately 700,000 trees.

We marked the start of the new year by donating nearly 30,000 pounds of potatoes from our first test harvest to the Hawaiʻi Foodbank that’s being shared with local families in need. The potatoes have grown and adapted well to Maui’s soil and climate, and we anticipate that the crop will yield an estimated 50,000 pounds per week which will significantly reduce the need for imported potatoes from the mainland. Residents will soon start seeing locally grown potatoes in retail stores and restaurants on Maui and eventually, across the state.

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Teens Getting Their Hands Dirty in Mahi Pono Fields

July 11, 2020 | The Maui News

A dozen Maui high school students learn on the job while participating in Mahi Pono’s In the Fields paid summer internship program, which is a partnership with the Hawaii Agricultural Foundation. The program runs six to eight weeks and introduces students to everything from age-old farming techniques to the cutting edge as Mahi Pono transforms Maui’s sugar plantation monocrop model to one of diversified agriculture on a large scale.

High school interns learning farming techniques.
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