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The inaugural 2018 Taste of the Hawaiian Range Agriculture Festival was at the YMCA Minuke Ole Park behind Parker Ranch Center in Waimea. Free, the family-friendly event offered ag-themed educational booths and activities for people of all ages.
Children learned about the various aspects of farm life in the Keiki Farm Hands tent, sponsored by the Hawaii Farm Bureau. Youth pedaled their own kid-sized tractor, used tiny farm tools, planted a seed to take home and grow, plus “milked” a hand-painted replica of a Holstein cow. In addition, there was a display of live chicks and thriving vegetable plants. American Machinery exhibited a farm tractor.
4-H youth presented a livestock exhibit, complete with educational signage, and horseback rides were available for a nominal fee by members of the Hawaii High School Rodeo Association. Also on tap were 30 educational exhibits, plus local product vendors and food trucks.
During the festival, there was a continuous showing of the movie “Food Evolution” in the exhibit tent, sponsored by Hawaii Farmers & Ranchers United. The film uses the controversy over genetically-modified foods as an example to show how misinformation, confusion and fear can overwhelm objective, evidence-based data.
Attendees could visit the free invasive species exhibit at the adjacent Mana Christian ‘Ohana classroom facility, where there were free presentations on a host of culinary and agriculture topics. See the Classroom Presentations page for the full schedule of activities to discover the science, art and practice of producing our local food!
2018 Educational Booth Participants
Beyond Organic Consulting, Inc.
Big Island Beekeepers Association
CTAHR – Beef genetic improvement
CTAHR – Pollinator education
CTAHR – Nutrition & Food Safety
CTAHR – Rapid Ohia Death
CTAHR – Sustainable & Organic Agriculture program (SOAP)
CTAHR – Tropical Root crop research
East Hawai`i Island Master Gardeners
Hawai`i Ant Lab
Hawai`i Beef Industry Council
Hawai`i Community College
Hawai`i Department of Agriculture – marketing programs
Hawai`i Farmers Union United
Hawai`i Island Food Basket
Hawai`i Island Meat Cooperative
Hawai`i Macadamia Nut Association
Hawai`i Pork Industry Association
Hawai`i Sheep and Goat Association
Kamehameha Schools/ Bishop Estate
Mauna Kea Soil and Water Conservation District
Mala`ai: The Culinary Garden of Waimea Middle School
Nutrien Ag Solutions
USDA DKI Pacific Basin Agricultural Center – research demonstrations USDA
Farm Service Agency – Farm programs and Farm Loan programs
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
West Hawai`i Master Gardener Program
2018 Vendor Booth Participants
Information is subject to change