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Growing Resilience

Hoʻōla Farms works with the community to strengthen our local food system by providing beginner farmer education, commercial kitchen access, and a convenient online farmers market, which increases consumer access to local, affordable, fresh food and value-added products. 

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—learn more below!

Beginning Farmer & Rancher Programs

Intro to Grow Workshops

2024 Intro to Grow Days Registration for all of our Intro to Grow one-day workshops in 2024 is open! Intro to Grow workshops are FREE to attend, and include an

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Groundwork to Grow

Intermediate | Comprehensive 4-week training program for military veterans and community members interested in farming and ranching on Hawaiʻi Island. Scholarships available!

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Sign Up for Upcoming Workshops

July 20th, 2024 | 8:00am-11:00am
CAPACITY: 25 Participants
In-Person Workshop in Hilo
COST: FREE

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!

Food Access Programs

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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Community Support

Community Support Programs Ho`ōla Farms is dedicated to fostering partnerships with local organizations to enhance food access within our community. Through collaborative efforts with community

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Veterans and Caregivers

Hoʻōla Farms offers support to Veterans, caregivers, and their families by engaging them in hands-on agriculture and community activities. 

Our goal is to enhance Veterans’ physical, mental, and social well-being, fostering a greater quality of life and prosperity for themselves, their families, and communities. We do this by providing a safe, welcoming environment where we combine everyday gardening and farm work with education, fellowship, and fun. 

Shop Our Weekly Online Farmers' Market!

Hawaiʻi Farm-to-Car is an easy-to-use online farmers market with weekly pickup options in Hilo, Kea‘au, or Pepeekeo. Customers can purchase local produce, meats, eggs, cheeses, baked goods, value-added products, and more.

We accept SNAP and DA BUX Double Up Food Bucks

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Our ʻOhana Story​

Healing through gardening inspired Emily and John to start Hoʻōla Veteran Services 501(c)(3), d.b.a.

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Get Involved

🙌🏽 Participate in a Program

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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