The 2nd Annual Kahumana Organic Farm Festival was very well attended on a perfect sunny day in Lualualei Valley on Oahu’s Waianae coast. 600-700 people walked through the gates to participate in the festivities, which included live music, ono local food vendors, artisan crafts, keiki activities, and workshops.
The Seed & Plant Exchange was a new feature added this year which proved to be very popular – many who came were not aware that they could bring seeds & plants to share & exchange, and pledged to bring lots of locally grown plants to share next year’s event.
Whole Foods Hawaii donated over $100 worth of organic seed packets, and Kahumana Farm donated hundreds of seed packets (all seeds saved on-site), which many participants pledged to save seed from to bring back next year.
By 3:00pm there was a long line of people waiting for the official opening of the Exchange, and after brief speeches by Event Co-ordinator Matt Lynch and Community Activist Daniel Anthony, an enthusiastic exchange of seeds & plants amongst young & old began.
“The Community that saves & shares seeds together, grows & flourishes together”
– Matt Lynch, PermablitzHI –
“We can restore the fertility of Wai’anae together.”
– Daniel Anthony, Mana ‘Ai –