Yesterday was World Food Day and the anniversary of the founding of the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization. To celebrate, Slow Food International had a brilliant idea - to bring awareness to our increasingly endangered global climate and food system by challenging us all to help address the problem on a level where we can have real impact... our own habits!
For the next three weeks -Oct 16th to Nov 2nd-, over 2000 people across the world are participating in the Eat Local Challenge, meaning they’re committing to:
Eat two meals a week sourced with local, traditional ingredients
"Menu For Change, the Slow Food campaign puts the relationship between food and climate change under the spotlight: our food system makes a massive contribution to our total greenhouse gas emissions, and yet, at the same time, agriculture is also among the first victims." They're partnering with Slow Food communities around the world to find solutions to these problems, starting with where food is grown and consumed -- this is where we come in!
The challenge is a call to action to do your part to decrease the effects of food consumption on global climate change, and the easiest way to do that is to EAT LOCAL! Are you with us?? Find out more by visiting Slow Food International's website and signing up for the challenge today!... Choose your pledge, get active and post online, show us the local, seasonal foods from your area, share your local recipes and get others involved! Facebook event page.
And, as long as we're on the subject of we as individuals can do... browse our Slow Money Hawaii website site too! Maybe becoming a Slow Money Hawaii lender is another thing that you can do to support local food?
Naked Cow Dairy's loan on Kiva was funded in just 5 days after going public!! Slow Money Hawaii , a Kiva Trustee, endorsed their loan. If you'd like to learn more about how Hawaii farmers can work with Slow Money to crowd-fund a loan on Kiva, inquire at firstname.lastname@example.org
Here's a great article from Land.com about the increasing popularity of wine that is completely natural - organic/biodynamic from dry fields (no irrigation), no added yeast or sulfites. I wonder if someone in Hawaii might consider this approach to make a uniquely Hawaiian terre or "aina wine"??? www.land.com/lifestyle/the-rise-of-the-natural-wine-movement/?utm_campaign=LAF-National-100717&utm_medium=email&utm_source=landsofamerica&utm_content=landnews2
Slow Money Hawaii is proud to affiliate with Monique and Naked Cow Dairy, endorsing her loan on Kiva where we are a Kiva Trustee. After completing the private fundraising period by bringing in the first 20 lenders, a Kiva requirement, Naked Cow's campaign is now viewable all around the world. It will be a race for our Hawaii lenders to participate in this loan and show our sense of community, before it gets completely funded. So come on Hawaii food-lovers, go to Kiva's website www.kiva.org/lend/1376583 and check it out!
Slow Money Hawaii is now a Trustee on KIVA's online crowd-lending platform and can endorse your loan. Farmers and food producers can borrow up to $10,000 on KIVA's global online crowd-lending platform at ZERO INTEREST for up to three years!! That's almost as good as it gets - if you're a Hawaii farmer or food producer, it gets even better!!! The Hawaii Food Producers Fund (HFPF) will match every dollar that is loaned to you on KIVA - that means you only need $5,000 in loan money from individuals and the HFPF kicks in the other $5,000, allowing you to raise your loan in half the time!
As a KIVA Trustee, Slow Money Hawaii will ensure you meet the necessary criteria for the KIVA platform and will support you throughout the term of the loan. We will also assist you in raising money in the private fundraising period that must be completed before your loan is made public for the world to see and participate. Endorsed loans raise money faster than those that haven't been endorsed.
Let Slow Money Hawaii help you raise a loan on KIVA! For those who are borrowing more than $10,000, we will work with you to facilitate additional loan funds through a Slow Money Hawaii loan and/or referrals.
Contact us at email@example.com, or inquire via our 'Want to Borrow' tab of this website.
If you're a farmer looking for more customers, consider registering with the Hawaii Ag & Food Products Database - check it out!
I believe this is an effort to connect schools that have Farm to School programs to farmers & ranchers. It's part of the Hawaiian Harvest program of HDOA. It appears that some kind of certification might be necessary but it's definitely worth a look.
From the Hawaii Dept. of Ag website:
"The Hawaii Agriculture & Food Products Database (HAWAII) is all about connecting the world to the farmers and ranchers that grow food in Hawaii and connecting the world to the manufacturers that add value to the Hawaii-grown food to create products that showcase Hawaii agriculture.
HAWAII is where vendors can manage the Hawaii-grown and Hawaii-made products they offer and where buyers can find the products they are seeking. "
Farmers/Ranchers who want to sell Hawaiian Harvest products should register (FREE) with HDOA’snew Hawaii Agriculture & Food Products Database:
The Fifth Annual North Shore Food Summit will be held Sept 14-15, plus a volunteer work day on the 16th at a fish pond, a taro patch or Waimea Valley. The first Food Summit is where the seed for starting Slow Money Hawaii was sewn. Last year, at the fourth Summit, we announced our launch and had the founder of Slow Money North Carolina share their story with us. Now we will be sharing our own story at this year's Summit. Please join us! This event always manages to exceed expectations excursions to innovative farm, food and energy project sites, complimented by sessions with great speakers telling us the in-depth stories about the resources, politics and people who are shaping the Hawaii ag movement. Check it out here: www.northshoreland.org/
A bit further out, and not to be missed, is the Hawaii Farmer's Union United (HFUU) Annual Convention being held on Oahu's West side Oct 6-8, at West Oahu College and Kahumana Organic Farm and Cafe. HFUU now has 10 chapters with a presence on all the main islands. If you're not already a member (you don't have to be a farmer) come and check out this vibrant and rapidly growing group. Learn more about the Convention here and watch for a more detailed program later: hfuuhi.org/2017-state-convention/
If you're interested in participating but aren't a member of HFUU, membership is only $50 and supports your local farmers.
David Fisher, of Maui Venture Consulting, will be leading a 12 week webinar that is an invaluable resource for HFUU members. David has 27 years of experience in Hawaii helping small businesses. The class is an upgrade of a successful series taught at the Maui SBDC (Small Business Development Center) integrating triple bottom line concepts, social impact investing, new technology and "lean/agile" methods with a focus on the evolving realities of artisan and health based food and energy systems.
Who Is Eligible: Hawaii Farmers Union members statewide, FAM graduates.
What: A 12-week course designed to help you evolve your own projects while attracting partners and funding
When: Every Wednesday, 8/9-10/25
Cost: 3-6 hours a week of your time – Engage - Free for Members of HFUU/NFU
Visit HFUU website for details and registration procedure.
Turns out that access is only for a 48 hour selection of speakers at any given time. It looks like there is one high profile speaker daily and other less known, but very interesting speakers throughout the day. So anytime you login, you will be able to see the current day's speakers as well as those of the day prior.
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