Crop Care Hawaii, LLC
Project Description: Purchased a used JD 30 John Deere harvester for cover crop sunn hemp crotolaria seed production. JD 30 John Deere Harvester
Outcome: The sunn-hemp project has expanded to involve more farmers throughout the island to produce seed in efforts to have sunn-hemp used state-wide as a cover crop. Production of sunn-hemp seed has increased from 1 to 30 acres. To date, approximately 12,000 lb of sunn-hemp crotolaria seed has been harvested and sold. Two new companies, Hana Hou Seed Harvesting, LLC and crotolaria seed specialists, LLC have been created.
Green Growers, Inc
Project Description: Established a second farm site to increase the farm’s capacity for growing vine-ripened tomatoes. Land was prepped with irrigation and hyrdro-ponic planting beds have been installed. Establishing a second site would also allow Green Growers to continue producing tomatoes if one site is down due to virus (Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus (TSWV)). Terry Shintaku with his hydro-ponic tomatoes
Outcome: The site has been cleared, irrigated, and 20 tomato troughs have been established. Additional sales from the site have generated revenues of $10,000 since the beginning of the project. 1 part time worker has been hired to assist in managing the new site and to continue expanding the number of hydroponic troughs.
North Shore Cattle Company
Project Description: Create a value-added grass-fed beef product, “Beer Sausages”. Recipe development, labeling followed by marketing will lead to the introduction of a new sausage to local markets. North Shore Cattle Company “Fire Rock Sausages”
Outcome: North Shore Cattle was successful in creating, packaging, and distributing a grass-fed beef “Beer Sausage”. The product is being distributed through local restaurants and stores. A P/T marketing manager has been hired to distribute and market the new product.