The view of Bear Claw Ridge, named because the front face of the ridge resembles a bear claw, dominates the view from the farm. The right and left fork of the ridge are theoretically climbable to the summit of Pu'u O Kona.
The Ko'olau Mountains and the ridge of Bear Claw are constant and watchful with strength and a touch of magic: the perfect background for a farm.
Our vision is a model of creative and sustainable agriculture. We want to be a leader in the food system of our island providing quality, healthy, and delicious food that is accessible and affordable.
We are a strong believer in the necessity of food independence for our state. Hawaii currently imports 90% of what we eat. The incredible environmental cost of transportation alone makes imported produce completely unsustainable. Furthermore, imported produce is not only expensive, but often lacks flavor, attractiveness, and a long shelf shelf due its distance and time from harvest.
We should not be complacent and accept our food insecurity. There is only one way to reverse the 90% statistic. It’s simple: we need to grow more food here right now.
Locally grown produce can be on your plate within hours, is harvested at its peak and stays fresh in your refrigerator for more than a couple days. However, this food also needs to be accessible and affordable to our community so it can always be the preferred option over fruits and vegetables grown far from our home. This will lead to both a more secure place to live and a more satisfying way of nourishment. Choosing local is a no-brainer.
Rose Matthews is a graduate of University of Hawai'i at Mānoa's Tropical Plant and Soil Science program specializing in Plant Production and Management. Following graduation, she joined and completed the GoFarm Hawai'i program for hands on learning of the business of commercial farming and field management.