Haleakala Chapter of Farmers Union to Meet on Aug. 25
By Maui Now Staff
The Hawaii Farmers Union United Haleakala Chapter’s 64th consecutive meeting will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015, beginning at 5:15 p.m. at the Ha‘ikū Community Center.
“Every day I marvel at the role the Hawaii Farmers Union United and our chapters here on Maui play in furthering the vision to support the success of small family farms as they strive to create healthy soil, healthy food and food security,” said Haleakala Chapter President Phyllis Robinson.
The monthly meeting is a place for Maui farmers to share key information that helps further that vision and to network, said Robinson. The meeting format has changed to allow more time during the food service for networking. The new format also includes a open mic session during the first ten minutes of the regular meeting.
“We so deeply appreciate your cooperation in this endeavor to show respect for those who wish to share important information and for our speakers who volunteer and deserve respect,” said Robinson.
5:15 p.m. Doors open
6:15 p.m. Opening circle
6:15–6:20 p.m. Blessing
6:20–6:50 p.m. Locavore pot luck
6:50–7 p.m. Open mic, one 1 min limit, sign up at membership table
7:00–7:15 p.m. Waipuna Market presentation by Bill Greenleaf
7:15–7:30 p.m. Outsmarting the System, by Harriet Witt
7:30–7:45 p.m. Chef’s Corner TBA
7:45–8 p.m. Unraffle
Loca-vore Potluck: Empower this meeting with your special creative and nourishing dish (for eight or more). Those who come without a dish will be asked for a suggested donation: $10 for members; $12 for non-members.
BYOU: Attendees are asked to bring their own utensils—plate, cup, fork and napkins—to this trash-free event. There is a fee of $2 for recyclable utensils/plates if attendees don’t provide their own.
Produce and Seed Swap Table: Bring produce for the ‘Produce Swap’ table. Farm Fresh Produce for swap and for those in need is a tradition at Farmers Union meetings.
Clean-Up Crew: Volunteers are needed for table and chair duty, sweeping, mopping, kitchen, and the other clean-up duties that make these meetings possible. Contact Annette Davidsson via email. Volunteers will receive benefits for helping with these tasks.
Member Sign-up and Renewal: Come early to sign up as a member. Become a member at the meeting and dinner is on us. Individual memberships are $50; ‘ohana memberships are $100.
When you join the HFUU Haleakala Chapter you are also becoming a member of Nation Farmers Union, an organization which began in 1902 as an advocate for the family farmer. NFU predated trade unions and represents a union for education, legislation and cooperation. HFUU Haleakala is a chapter of the Hawaii Farmers Union United.