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Food hubs help farms, boost access to local produce

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    The Roots Food Hub mobile market visits schools and health, senior and community centers. Lusi Lauvao, left, selects breadfruit with the help of the hub’s Christen Oliveira.

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    Ulu Mana employees Christian Bengtsson, left, and Kristina Lin package Totally Turmeric hummus at Oahu Food Hub on August 29.

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    Kahumana Organic Farms food hub manager Saleh Azizi, at right, accepts Noble Pilialoha and Darlene Hodges’ 250 pounds of jabong (pomelo).

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    Ulu Mana hummus is made in Oahu Food Hub’s commercial kitchen.

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    Kahumana Organic Farms’ Chanel Kaleikini tosses red rain mustard greens in a production area to loosen the greens and keep them from bruising. The red rain will be combined with kale, tatsoi, streaks, red amaranth, and other greens in their salad mix.

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    Loren Shoop, left, owner of Ulu Mana preps breadfruit for hummus at Oahu Food Hub on August 29. Ulu Mana, makes hummus out of breadfruit and other local produce. Shoop is also co-owner of Oahu Food Hub, where they aggregate, distribute and process locally grown foods. They also rent refrigeration and storage space to small food producers and chefs, and rent time in the kitchen to small-business producers who do not have their own commericial kitchens.

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    Raychel Watkins of Happyponics brings chicken and duck eggs from her nearby farm.

Since many farmers in Hawaii operate on small budgets, it’s difficult for them to finance post-harvest and food-processing infrastructure to maximize profits. Enter the food hub, which are intended to fill key gaps in the food-value chain. Read more

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