Organic Farmers To Meet At KEY Saturday

“Healthy” is the theme of the Hawaii Organic Farmers Association conference, set for 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at KEY Project in Kahaluu.

The public is invited to sign up and purchase tickets for the annual event, which promises a full schedule of farming, workshops and panel discussions on “Healthy Soil, Healthy Communities and Healthy Ahupua‘a.” State Sen. Gil Riviere, D-District 23 (He‘eia to Waialua) will deliver the keynote address.

Topics will cover little fire ants, coffee borers and other industry pests and challenges, as well. Lunch will be catered by Down to Earth. Vendors and trade tables are planned, along with plenty of networking and talk story.

It’s a bring-your-own gloves and tools affair, with hands-on lessons in soil preparation, organic amendments and soil biology. Fee is $25 for the public, $12 for HOFA members, and some scholarships are available. For details and to register, visit

Kualoa-He‘eia Ecumenical Youth (KEY) Project is located at 47-200 Waihee Road.