Hawai’i's rooftops – Community Supported Agriculture goes to new heights
FarmRoof in O’ahu
By Laura Poirier
Since each farm is community based, two important factors need to be met to get started: there has to be a business or organization willing to use their roof to grow food, and their must be a community demand for the weekly crop. FarmRoof’s first CSA in Waimanalo, on top of Sweet Home Waimanalo market and cafe, was so well received that every membership available for that particular location was swept up almost immediately. Using roofs owned by Kamehmeha Schools, their next CSA location, Kaka’ako, sprouted this fall, growing a combination of high-nutrient lettuces, kales mustards and herbs. Memberships for 2012 are still available to become part of this CSA location. From there, FarmRoof has plans to spread into Kailua and Waikiki.
“We made our first appearance at Ala Moana Farmers’ Market over Labor Day weekend and had over 125 people sign up for memberships, in only four hours,” says Joaquin, confident that the community is ready for a change in how they acquire their food. “All we did was let people taste what we are growing and the support was unbelievable. The fact that people were signing up on the spot for our CSA really reinforced what we are working toward.”