We know you have been receiving a lot of COVID-19 related emails, but we want you to know what we are doing everything we can to help keep our communities fed, provided for, and safe during these challenging and disconcerting times. As always, HFB’s primary concern is for the health and safety of our members, staff, customers, vendors, and the communities we serve. Please share this information and let’s all work together to help each other.
The spread of COVID-19 is impacting everyone’s lives, including disruptions to many involved in local farming and ranching, and their communities who are finding it more difficult to get produce and other foods and farm products. HFB is working with government agencies and industry partners to provide resources to assist those who are impacted.
Here are some updates:
At this time, the HFB office will continue to remain open Monday – Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm (closed for lunch from 12:00 – 12:30 pm) to service our members and the agricultural community.
We are actively monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic through information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Hawaii Department of Health (HIDOH), and World Health Organization (WHO), and will follow recommendations from these agencies. When appropriate, we will post updates on our websites at hfbf.org, as well as our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.
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To support our local farmers and ranchers who are #stillfarming, the Hawaii Farm Bureau has created a list of local producers to connect them to consumers. This list highlights different farmers and ranchers on each island that are available to purchase from.
If you would like to be listed on this page, please fill out the form at the bottom of the Local Food Access page.
The East Hawaii Farm to Car Program is an online farmers’ market coordinated by the Hilo County Farm Bureau. Orders can be placed online from Friday through Monday with pickups every Wednesday at the Puna Hongwanji from 3:00 – 6:00 PM.
If you would like to become a vendor on this platform, please reach out to the staff at email@example.com.
Farm Link is an online local food marketplace and delivery network based on O‘ahu. Over 100 chefs, grocery buyers, caterers, food artisans, and individuals already trust Farm Link for farm-direct local food.
Contact Farm Link Hawaii at (808) 201-5252 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
As part of the Hawaii Department of Agriculture’s ongoing efforts to facilitate the purchase of locally produced food by State institutions, HDOA invites local agricultural producers to share product availability information with HDOA and our and our state-operated institutional partners (i.e. schools, hospitals, prisons).
Responses to the inquiry are optional. Information provided will be sent to food procurement personnel in the Hawaii Department of Education (DOE), the Hawaii Department of Public Safety (PSD), and within the Hawaii Department of Health (DOH), and Hawaii Health Systems Corporation (HHSC) to inform those institutions’ menu and purchase planning decisions.
Hawaii Department of Agriculture will only voluntarily share this information with personnel at our institutional partners. However, HDOA has no control over this information once it has been transmitted to our institutional partners (who often purchase through distributors and may share this information with distributors). PLEASE DO NOT SHARE INFORMATION THAT YOU DO NOT WISH TO BE GENERALLY AVAILABLE.