Mark your 2009 calendar for Saturday, March 14, and the long anticipated second annual Maui County Agricultural Festival. Taking place on the lū’au grounds of Maui Tropical Plantation in Waikapū, here is a must-attend event for those seeking to learn about local agriculture and its vital role in creating a sustainable future for Maui. Presented through a partnership between Maui County Farm Bureau and County of Maui, Office of Economic Development, the Ag Fest seeks to raise awareness about the business of agriculture, so we can keep agriculture alive on Maui. Festival hours are 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Admission is free.
- FARMERS MARKET:
Talk story with the farmers; learn about the main farm groups represented by Maui County Farm Bureau.
- VALUE-ADDED FARM PRODUCTS:
Discover gourmet items made with Grown on Maui produce: They stretch the season, absorb surplus, and provide extra farming revenue.
- FARM AND BARNYARD GAMES:Sustainable agriculture centers around family farms
and ranches. Learn more about agricultural games kids play worldwide.
Find out how agriculture plants seeds for tomorrow when our children (and we) become aware of the many careers that support Maui agriculture.
University of Hawai’i College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources specialists and other agricultural allies including Department of Agriculture answer your farming questions.
- CENTER STAGE:
Pause here to watch agricultural demonstrations and meet contest winners as they claim prizes.
- VICTORY FARM:
Visit a real on-site farm to see the products that Maui grows in the field, including coffee, fruits, veggies, taro, flowers, native plants, aquaculture, landscaping materials, and Maui onions.
Make the connection between fresh produce and good health with the guidance of health care professionals. Learn how to make smart protein choices.
- TASTE EDUCATION:
Farmers pair themselves with chefs to showcase their locally grown and raised products. Chef Peter Merriman and Food Editor Shannon Wianecki of Maui Nō Ka ‘Oi magazine will be your hosts, while Maui Culinary Academy staff, renowned chefs and farmers are on site to guide you through an adventure of taste; awaken to a deep appreciation of food and those who contribute to it. To keep the quality of this experience high, hours and participant numbers are limited; a fee is charged for this attraction (subject to change: $25 / adults; $12/keiki). Download a ticket order form online at www.mauicountyfarmbureau. org and submit your order. Tickets go on sale January 15th!