Farm Mar­ket Spreads Seed Of Knowl­edge

MidWeek Islander (Central Oahu) - - News -

Su­gar Mill and North Shore Cat­tle Co. Own­ers will give tours on site and ex­plain their day-to-day op­er­a­tions. Tours end with a com­pli­men­tary meal of burg­ers (made of grass-fed beef, of course), Kahuku corn, salad with May’s Hy­dro­ponic Let­tuce and Hawaii’s Spe­cial Salad dress­ings, Dole Pineap­ple wedges and Hawai­ian Sun juices served fam­ily-style.

Com­ing later this spring are tours of Dole Hawaii Di­ver­si­fied Agri­cul­tural Pro­gram’s Wa­ialua Es­tate Ca­cao Or­chard (with com­pli­men­tary cof­fee and chocolate tast­ing, and sam­ples to go) and North Shore Farms with a five-course tast­ing of home­made moz­zarella, pasta and toma­toes. A third set of sites is also in the works.

Bo­yar said she would like to in­clude the su­gar mill site and all of its busi­nesses as a per­ma­nent fix­ture on all fu­ture tours. “A lot of peo­ple over­look Wa­ialua Su­gar Mill, but it is rel­e­vant to what’s go­ing on to­day and to the his­tory of the North Shore. I also think it is just so fun to go to.

“Ev­ery­body’s wel­come to come on th­ese tours. (We) try to pro­mote lo­cal farm­ers and lo­cal agri­cul­ture, which is why they also go hand in hand.

“Hawaii needs to get back to mono-di­ver­si­fied agri­cul­ture, and the farm tours bring added in­come to th­ese farm­ers and help keep di­ver­si­fied ag in busi­ness, which is so im­por­tant to us.”

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