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Hana Ranch Purchaser Cites Need for Local-Grown Food

February 14, 2014, 12:58 PM HST
* Updated February 14, 1:02 PM
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By Maui Now Staff

A gateway of the Hana Ranch. Courtesy photo.

A gateway of the Hana Ranch. Courtesy photo.

Bio-Logical Capital announced the purchase of the main mauka portion of Hāna Ranch in East Maui and says that it hopes to become a local food supplier.

Bio-Logical, a local land investment, development, revitalization and conservation company, plans to transform Hāna Ranch to become one of Hawaii’s leading sustainable cattle companies and sustainable food producers.

Founder and CEO Grant McCargo said the aim was “to maintain Hāna’s natural beauty, continue Hāna’s legacy as a productive ranch, and be part of a vibrant community centered on healthy food, clean water, and a thriving environment…

“With Hāna’s wet climate and fertile soil, our operations will help jumpstart local food production in a state that currently imports more than 85% of its food from halfway across the Pacific Ocean. Importantly, Hāna Ranch will retain its legacy as a scenic and productive ranch, allowing the ranch to prosper for generations to come.”

The fields of Hana Ranch. Courtesy photo.

The fields of Hana Ranch. Courtesy photo.

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The main mauka portion of Hāna Ranch was purchased by Hana Ranch Stewards, according to the company. Hana Ranch Stewards will own the property and Bio-Logical Capital will manage the ranch according to the company’s “Stewardship Development” approach.

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Bio-Logical Capital says it also plans to diversify food production at Hāna Ranch and will introduce sustainable farming of fruits, vegetables, and other crops in addition to poultry and livestock.

“Food and agriculture are incredibly powerful community and economic drivers,” said Josh Daniel, manager of Hāna Ranch. “We would love to help create a local food economy in Hāna and expand Hāna Ranch operations to become what we hope will be one of the premier sustainable farms in the state.

Daniels says the company has offered roles to all of the current workers of the ranch, and added a local ranch manager, livestock manager, and farmers.

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