(excerpt from March 31, 2018 letter)
Aloha Slow Money Hawai‘i Lenders,
I hope this email finds you well. I am sending you a big mahalo for all your help obtaining freezers in December! Here is an update on our past few months and the co-op's next steps.
Two new (for us) freezers were purchased in December which enabled us to immediately move all our inventory in-house, organize it, and improve the quality and food safety of outgoing orders. Then ... we sold out! The Hawai‘i Department of Education purchased virtually all our remaining mature quartered fruit for public school lunches statewide. Here is a TV clip the ‘ulu dish they served and a newspaper article covering the story.
Unfortunately, the winter season has been exceptionally sparse so we have not been able to restock. As a result we've had to cut back our orders to a handful of core customers, including Kaiser, and are using this "downtime" to strategize for next season and the exponential volume increase we're expecting over the next 5 years.
On a slightly different note, we have continued to do educational work for farmers and the public over the past few months, including ulu pruning demos with certified arborists at 11 of our members farms and hosting a young agronomist from Haiti to train him on our ‘ulu peelers and food safety protocols. Moise also taught us a bit about ulu pruning! You can see a video of him attending one of our pruning demos here.
I invite you to follow us on Instagram and Facebook @hawaiiulucoop - we usually post photos or videos several times a week.
Dana Shapiro HUPC Manager
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