Our farming partners are the backbone of Oahu Fresh growing the freshest, tastiest produce that you can find ranging from lettuce, squashes, tomatoes, tropical fruits, herbs and much more! Learn more about the farms by clicking on the pages below.
Certified Organic – Grown with Organic Practices – Spray As Needed:
When someone asks if the products we use are organic, we always ask back if they mean “Certified Organic” or not certified but still using organic practices. To be certified by the USDA, not only do you need to follow a certain set of growing practices, you also need to complete a serious of recordkeeping processes to be able to prove to a 3rd party auditor you are properly following the organic guidelines established by the USDA. This also involves paying annual fees and can be time consuming, leading many local farms in Hawaii to grow with organic practices but rather not going going through or continue their USDA Organic certification i.e. Kahumana Farms. Only a handful of farms, especially on Oahu, are certified organic, such as MA’O Farms or Small Kine Farms.
Other farms do use petro-chemical fertilizers or insecticides depending on the need. Part of the challenge of farming in Hawaii is there is no frost season as you have on the Mainland that kills off most of the growing pest population, allowing your fields to get a natural break. The benefit is you can have growing year around but your pest problem is growing year round as well! Certain crops are highly susceptible to pest problems including tomatoes, cucumbers, and melons. Farms such as Ho Farms, do use fertilizers and sprays as needed. Interestingly enough, as of May 2016, the farm is trying a new line of certified organic products. According to Shin, the farm’s Operations Manager, they need to determine first before they transition the farm completely to organic, they need to determine if they are able to make money which as any business is extremely important.
By having our focus on local farms, we work with a variety of farms using different growing practices. The one common connector is that the farms we work with are using Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) which applies to both certified organic and conventional growers. GAP controls the practices of the farm by regulating planting methods, following all guidelines for any fertilizers or pesticides (organic & conventional) used as well as treatment of farm workers.
If you have any questions or would like to discuss more, give us a call at 808-476-7550 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.