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Growing Hawaiʻi's Heroes & Agricultural Community

Hoʻōla Farms provides opportunities for military veterans and their families, along with the community, to come together and work towards a positive goal for all—growing healthy food! We do this by providing a safe, welcoming environment where we combine everyday gardening and farm work with education, fellowship and fun. Click the button below to learn more about us or scroll down to learn more about our programs.

Hoʻōla By the Numbers:

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Hands-On Agricultural Experiences

We invite master gardeners & local experts to share their best practices with hands-on educational experiences. This allows us to offer a wide variety of agriculture, homestead, and gardening practices for our community.

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Community Member Participants

We’ve had the pleasure of meeting and working side by side with veterans and their spouses, daughters, sons, sisters, brothers, neighbors, employers, community members, and visitors from around the world. Some come for a day, some we see every week. All are welcome!

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Years Proudly Serving Hawaiʻi's Heroes

We have been gathering together with veterans, caregivers and their ʻohana throughout Hawaiʻi Island to provide agricultural opportunities since 2015, and we’re just getting started!

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Directly back to local farmers and producers

Over 100 local farmers and producers sell through the Hawaii Farm-to-Car online farmers market, and we are honored to help keep these funds circulating in our local agriculture community and economy. Support Your Local Farmers!

Are You an Aspiring Farmer or Rancher?

If you’re a veteran or community member interested in learning more about sustainable production agriculture, a homestead farmer looking to scale, or an aspiring agriculture business owner ready to take your idea to the next level, Hoʻōla Farms is here to help!

Our Intro to Grow Workshops and Groundwork to Grow Training programs were created to support military veterans and community members interested in farming and ranching on Hawaiʻi Island by providing exposure, skill-based training, and a professional network aimed to help them succeed in agricultural careers.

We are offering scholarships for veterans to participate in Groundwork to Grow! Registration is open, so don’t miss out—learn more below!

Beginning Farmer & Rancher Programs

Intro to Grow Workshops

Beginner | Learn more about Hoʻōla Farms’ programs by attending one of our FREE one-day Intro to Grow workshopsopen to everyone who wants to come learn with us!

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Sign Up for Upcoming Trainings

May 11th, 2024 | 8:00am-11:00am
CAPACITY: 25 Participants
In-Person Workshop in Hilo

Join us for a one-day workshop on Farming with Organic Practices on Big Island! Participants will have the opportunity to learn about our various programs, get your hands dirty with a soil and planting activity, and sign up for one of our 4 week Groundwork to Grow courses in 2024!

There are no trainings scheduled at this time. Stay tuned for upcoming dates!

Community Support Programs

Kūpuna Market

Hawaiʻi Farm to Car’s Kūpuna Resilience Program, or “Kūpuna Market,” aims to not only supply healthy food to our Kūpuna, but also help them thrive!

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Hawaiʻi Farm-to-Car

Donate Support Local Hawaiʻi Island Farmers Hawaiʻi Farm-to-Car is an online farmer’s market with weekly curbside pickup where customers can purchase local produce, meats, eggs,

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Hilo Food Hub

Agribusiness Incubator Kitchen The Hilo Food Hub provides affordable commercial kitchen space for rent to Hawai’i farmers and value-added producers. We also offer cold, frozen

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Shop Our Weekly Online Farmers' Market!

Hawaiʻi Farm-to-Car is an easy-to-use online farmer’s market with weekly curbside pickup. Our virtual market is an innovative, convenient, and safe way for farmers to sell their products directly to local consumers. Simply order online anytime from Friday through Monday, and pick up your items on Wednesday at the Puna Hongwanji in Keaʻau. Customers are able to shop available products from participating vendors from all over Hawaiʻi Island!

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Hoʻōla Farms provides opportunities for military veterans and their families, along with the community, to come together and work towards a positive goal for all—growing healthy food!

🌱 Volunteer with Us!

Come join the team! We are currently looking for volunteers for our Hawaiʻi Farm-to-Car Market days happening every Wednesday from 9am-6pm at the Puna Hongwanji in Keaʻau.

💵 Make a Donation

We’d greatly appreciate your support! Your contribution goes directly towards empowering veterans and their families to grow healthy, all natural produce.

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