On Friday at 1:30 PM, the office of Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie issued a press release saying the current site of Haleiwa Farmers Market would be shut down immediately and ‘No Trespassing’ signs were put up. This was just 36 hours before market day…well after farmers had picked and prepared their crops to be sold and vendors had prepared their goods for the weekend.
I got the news yesterday. I am in NJ right now taking a break from HI for the summer to check out different urban and sustainable ag projects happening out here on the mainland. I was upset and disappointed to hear this news. We’ve been working with the state and bending over backwards for the past several months, trying to find a fair resolution. After literally jumping through hoops to meet their requirements for staying on the property, they ordered HFM to cease and desist. This order was met with tremendous criticism from the community and the state was forced to give us time to find a solution or find a new location.The governor had promised HFM that we would not miss a weekend, and the state has been gracious in offering extensions as we take the time to find a suitable new home. But on Friday, without any warning, they just pulled the plug. Continue reading