Our 2017 Parade of Farms will showcase a multitude of farms surrounding the Waialua area.
Read on to learn more about each farm participating in the 2017 Parade of Farms.
Counter Culture is operated by three friends who share a passion for fermented foods and farming—Rob Barreca, Daniel Leas, and Laarni Gedo. Rob is an ex-tech guy and a graduate of the Go Farm Hawai’i initiative. He has been involved with urban agricultural, fermented food production, and finding ways to utilize technology to help farmers and the food system. Daniel is a jack-of-all-trades with a background in carpentry, ranching, building, farming, and creating fermented foods including cured meats. Laarni is the accounting, marketing, and sales wiz-kid of the group who spreads the Counter Culture flavor crystals out into the world for all to enjoy! Counter culture uses responsible farming practices to create naturally fermented kimchi, sauerkraut, relish, pesto, and tempeh, available for sale in local stores.
In 2008, Kamehameha Schools put a call out to restore Loko Ea fishpond in Haleiwa, Oahu. Their intent was to reconnect Loko Ea and ʻUkoʻa fishpond as a way to give back to Princess Bernice Pauahi and Kamehameha Schools. In 2009, the Mālama Loko Ea Foundation was established and now provides an educational platform where students and community members learn and practice land stewardship, nohona Hawaiʻi (living and practicing Hawaiian culture as a way of life), and ʻike kuʻuna (knowledge of traditional Hawaiian practices). With the kuleana (responsibility) to mālama (care for) a rich cultural and natural resource, Mālama Loko Ea Foundation works to revive Loko Ea to once again become an abundant and thriving fishpond.
Mōhala Farms is a 6-acre organic farm and non-profit organization located in Waialua on the North Shore of O’ahu. Since 2005, Mōhala Farms has been increasing its infrastructure and revitalizing the soil in order to bring the land back to a state of healthy productivity and abundance. In 2009, commercial sales of the farm’s organic produce kicked-off with steady increases in its supply of produce and number of customers and accounts growing each year. As a non-profit organization, Mōhala Farms complements its work as farmers with a broader mission of using the farm as a place of learning, inspiration, renewal, advocacy and community service.
Nā Mea Kūpono is a wetland taro farm (lo’i kalo) tended by the Garrido-Bolosan family for decades. Their mission includes teaching and perpetuating the concepts of “Aloha Aina” (Love for the Land), along with traditional, Hawaiian cultural values within the community and the world. Nā Mea Kūpono cultivates many varieties of kalo (taro) fed by springwater, maintains a commercial kitchen on-site where they make local specialties such as poi and laulau, and offers volunteer days for the community to work on the farm and learn more about Hawaiian values and practices.
Sweet Land Farm is Oahu’s only certified goat dairy, located on 86-acres in Waialua. Their products include light, spreadable chevre (cheese made with goat milk) in five flavors made on-site at the family farm. Sweet Land Farm specially designed and constructed the farm and creamery by incorporating models and best practices to create a comfortable living environment for the goats that is appropriate for our micro-climate, energy efficient, and beneficial to the land and community. Their creamery is state-of-the-art and runs on the highest commercial kitchen standards. Sweet Land Farm uses a 211-gallon vat for pasteurizing and is fully equipped with cheese aging rooms as well as a retail storefront. Sweet Land Farm produces farmstead goat cheese and goat milk products exclusively from the goats raised on the family farm. The milk is transformed into products like chèvre, feta, Tomme and Caramel sauce and sold to local outlets such as Whole Foods, farmer’s markets and Alan Wong’s restaurants.
Twin Bridge Farms has been farming on the North Shore for more than 15 years, growing asparagus, potatoes and many other crops. Not only do they grow fresh produce to sell at roadside stands and to local restaurants, but the farm plays a critical role in the production of potatoes that are grown across the country. Each fall, Twin Bridge Farms plants potatoes for major producers on the mainland to ensure their seeds are healthy, as part of the seed certification process. The community of Waialua can take pride in the fact that the work done at Twin Bridge Farms makes it possible for millions of people across the country to enjoy potatoes. Twin Bridge Farms is probably most well-known though for their production of asparagus.