Did you know Hawaii currently imports 80 to 90 percent of its food? Well, it doesn't have to be that way and Maui County Farm Bureau is stepping up to the plate to do something about it.
MCFB first partnered with employees of Kaiser Permanente in its Fresh 2 Go Maui produce program and now it's available to all interested employee groups on island.
Basically, employees order and pay for boxes of grown-on-Maui produce that get delivered to their business. Participants get individual boxes two to three times a month.
Irene Plunckett-Mina (left) unloads boxes of her fresh produce grown at Kahana Aina Farm in the front of the Kaiser Permanente Maui Lani Clinic in Wailuku for employees registered in the new Fresh 2 Go program. Kalalea Carlson is one of the many recipients.
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"We want to encourage our employees to live well," says Joanna C. Tanaka, Kaiser Maui's health and education coordinator. "Harvested at its peak, this produce in the boxes is fresh, flavorful and nutritious. Our employees love the taste. They are eating better than ever."
Tanaka notices employees talking about the fresh produce, what they had for dinner, how they prepared say, kale or bok choy, and how they feel good about supporting local farmers.
"This is such a great program to spread throughout the community," says Tanaka. "It's a win-win with so many benefits that it would be a shame not to share it with others."
For further details or to sign up, visit the Web site at www.mauicountyfarmbureau.org.