Ku­nia Land­scaper Wins Grant

MidWeek Islander (West Oahu) - - News -

The Oahu Re­source Con­ser­va­tion and Devel­op­ment Coun­cil re­cently awarded $194,000 in agri­cul­tural devel­op­ment grants to seven Oahu busi­nesses, in­clud­ing Tak­e­naka Land­scap­ing Com­pany Inc. in Ku­nia.

Tak­e­naka Land­scap­ing will use its money to de­velop and in­stall a stream­lined pro­duc­tion sys­tem for land­scap­ing plants and or­ganic veg­etable seedlings for home­own­ers, land­scap­ers and farm­ers. The veg­etable seedlings also will be used on a 10-acre farm for or­ganic veg­etable pro­duc­tion.

It is the com­pany’s goal to pro­vide the farm and home­gar­den com­mu­nity the chance to pur­chase healthy veg­etable starts grown in lo­cally pro­duced or­ganic pot­ting mixes, as well as a wide va­ri­ety of pot­ted land­scap­ing plants.

In­di­vid­ual awards ranged from $4,400 to $40,000, to sup­port the ex­pan­sion of ex­ist­ing poul­try, aquaponic, aqua­cul­ture and nurs­ery op­er­a­tions as well as the com­ple­tion of both a food safety-cer­ti­fied pro­cess­ing fa­cil­ity and a com­mer­cial kitchen. Fund­ing for the pro­gram is pro­vided by the USDA’s Nat­u­ral Re­sources Con­ser­va­tion Ser­vice.

A new round of fund­ing is an­tic­i­pated in spring 2011.

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