In an effort to help improve farm productivity and food quality for the state of Hawaii, Bayer remains committed to supporting local ag production by implementing programs that improve the lives of farmers in the community, and ultimately increase the amount of locally grown produce.
Established in July 2011 as a private-public partnership between Bayer Hawaii, the Hawaii Agricultural Foundation and Island Palms Communities, the Ag Park at Kunia is approximately 220 acres of land on Oahu that has been made available to small local farmers in an effort to help them achieve economic self-sufficiency and diversify local food production.
Comprised of four distinct parcels that vary in acreage, the Ag Park at Kunia provides excellent growing environments with consistent sunlight and warm temperatures. Currently, more than 20 farmers are actively utilizing the land to grow a variety of produce, including fruit trees, cucumbers, tomatoes, chili peppers, taro, ulu, long beans, squash, okra, butternut squash, string beans and eggplant, as well as cattle. This locally grown produce can be found at the Leeward Community College Sunday farmers’ market or via delivery service with Oahu Fresh and Holoholo General Store.
To ensure the success of both the farmers and the park, Bayer provides in-kind support, including security, land preparation (e.g., mowing, disking), technical expertise and bulk purchasing opportunities.
“By supporting, educating and providing the land and resources to farmers, our goal is to improve farm productivity for the state and ultimately help contribute to the state goal of doubling local food production by 2020,” said Dan Clegg, Hawaii business operations lead at Bayer. “Bayer will continue to cultivate partnerships and support programs, like the Ag Park at Kunia, that preserve agricultural acreage and integrity.”
Bayer Hawaii leases out approximately 636 acres of land across the state to local farmers for diversified ag. On the island of Molokai, Bayer leases approximately 160 acres of its land to farmers who produce coffee and hay for local cattle.