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The annual Parade of Farms is back for a fourth year with a spotlight on farms in Waianae! Saturday, May 4, bring the family to Oahu’s west side and visit Kahumana Organic Farms & Café to see a working farm in action and learn about what it takes to produce healthy, local food.
This year, Parade of Farms will be showcasing Waianae agriculture through guided, behind-the-scenes farm tours of five local farms, including Kahumana Organic Farm, MA’O Organic Farms, Ka’ala Farm, Tolentino Farms and ‘Ili’ili Farms. Kahumana Organic Farm will be the host site for the event where guests can enjoy a free community fair with local agricultural and community organizations, farm-to-table lunch options and have the chance to learn more about farming at Kahumana.
O’ahu Resource Conservation & Development Council (O’ahu RC&D), a local sustainable agriculture non-profit, has been hosting the event since it started in 2016. Parade of Farms aims to “cultivate community” by connecting local communities with local agriculture. Since the beginning of the event, Parade of Farms has showcased a different region of O’ahu agriculture each year, including the farms and ranches of Kunia, Waialua, and Waimanalo.
O’ahu RC&D assists farmers, ranchers and local communities in stewarding our island natural resources. The non-profit works hand-in-hand with Hawaii farmers and ranchers to manage natural resources sustainably by hosting community workshops on soil health, providing agricultural business training and providing technical assistance to protect our soil and water resources through enhanced management strategies. Each year, O’ahu RC&D engages over 3,000 people on these topics helping to strengthen and sustain our local agriculture, businesses and natural resources.
O’ahu RC&D hosts Parade of Farms each year so that we can bring people back to the land and allow them to reconnect with the local farmers who live in their communities. Through connections like these, it hopes to build stronger communities that support local agriculture and help to enhance our local food production here in Hawaii.