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2020 Hawai‘i Farm Day: Support Those Who Sustain Us

Here’s how to take part in 2020 Hawai‘i Farm Day. Video courtesy of Media Flow Productions.

“Locally-grown.” It’s not just a generic term; it’s a way of life in Hawai‘i. And while agriculture remains a point of pride here, the farms and farmers need our help.

We hope you find ways to #SupportLocal as often as possible any day of the year, through virtual order/produce pickup services like Maui Food Hubs, produce boxes at the Kumu Farms stand, limited-contact farmers’ markets (where you’ll find producers like Oko‘a Farms) and farm-friendly businesses like Fork & Salad Maui.

Kumu Farms’ papaya and pineapple, on display at Fork & Salad Kahului.

However, on one particular day of 2020 — Saturday, June 20th, in fact — there’s an an easy way to show your support, as Hawai‘i welcomes the 7th annual Farm Day.

Being Part of 2020 Farm Day

Here are some simple actions you can take for 2020 Hawai‘i Farm Day:

  • SHOP at a farmers’ market
  • TAKE a farm tour
  • VISIT a farm
  • THANK a farmer
  • Then SHARE your experience on social media using hashtag #ehifarmday20

Founded by edible Hawaiian Islands

edible Hawaiian Islands magazine, known for “Celebrating the Harvest of the Aloha State, Season by Season,” created the concept in 2013 to recognize the tireless contributions of farms throughout Hawai’i.

The event is designed to live through each person’s participation and shared experience on social media, joined together by using the same hashtag, #ehifarmday20.

Simple steps to take part in the 7th annual Farm Day. Image courtesy of edible Hawaiian Islands magazine.

“Farm Day has always been a social media event. It’s virtual, so it happens when and where the participants are. I wanted an event that could bring us all together, and this year I find it more meaningful because of the pandemic,” explains edible Hawaiian Islands publisher Dania Novack-Katz. “ I quote from a good friend of the magazine, Pomai Weigert, to say ‘it’s not just knowing your farmer, but knowing how to access the food that is key.’”

Statewide Farm Guide Makes it Even Easier

2020 Statewide Farm Day falls on the first official day of summer and coincides with the release date of edible Hawaiian Island’s summer issue, which includes the popular Statewide Farm Guide.

The guide features an island-by-island listing of farmers’ markets and farm tours. Since this was completed prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, organizers strongly suggest calling or emailing each participating market or farm before visiting.

In addition, edible Hawaiian Islands celebrates 15 years of publishing this summer. The James Beard Award-winning quarterly publication showcases local food and drink throughout the state of Hawai’i.

“I have always loved local food and drink, cooking and Hawai’i,” adds Novack-Katz. “As a publisher, I find the people and relationships beyond the food and farm so enriching.”

Sustainable Storytelling

As a subscription-based magazine, edible crafts the stories of our island’s producers and food industries through creative writing and stunning photos. It remains advertiser-supported by local businesses in the restaurant, agriculture, and artisanal food and beverage world.

As agriculture remains a crucial industry throughout the state, we hope you’ll find a way to celebrate #ehifarmday on Saturday, June 20th in a way that you’re comfortable, even if it’s just a quick “Mahalo” on a favorite farm’s social page. #GrowWithAloha