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HI State Gov’t Shuts Down Haleiwa Farmers Market. Puts Up ‘No Trespassing’ Signs

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


Save Haleiwa Farmers Market

Yes, the rumors are true! The Hawaii State Dept. of Transportation is trying to shut down our beloved Haleiwa Farmers Market. Apparently the strip of asphalt that houses the market every Sunday morning used to be a roadway entrance to Haleiwa town…13 years ago! In 1993, the bypass road was built, rendering the old roadway a barren strip of unused land…until the opening of HFM just three years ago. Because the strip of land is still on the books as a roadway, and it is illegal to vend from a highway, the DOT is calling foul and telling us to pack our bags. In an act of boldness and careless disregard, these bureaucratic dip sh*ts had the balls to send a cease and desist last week, telling us to shut down within five days. However ,after a massive public outcry and some scathing media reports, they decided to let us stick around for another three weeks and figure it out.

Without HFM, there is a good chance there would be no E1T1 Farms or Bokashi Bucket. The market was my platform to test my new business idea, develop my products and services and build up a customer base. I am so stoked to wake up early Sun mornings and go to the market to talk with people about things I’m extremely passionate aabout. HFM has and still serves as an incubator for mine and other local entrepreneur-run businesses. These are businesses that are growing and employing others in the community. The market has flourished into an important piece in the economic engine of the North Shore, that will negatively impact that machine if it is removed. A move like this will directly impact the lives of our farmers and our ability to have access to locally grown food.

YOU can help save Haleiwa Farmers Market by doing the following:

1. Sign the petition HERE and then share it on your Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr etc.

2. Write to our representatives and tell them how you feel.

3. Tell people. Be vocal! Call, email, tweet, write, FB friends and family. Here are some news stories that you can share:

The fishy flap over a farmers’ market – By Howzit Howard (HI News Now)

Rally to Save Haleiwa Farmers Market (Hi News Now video report)

North shore vendors hold breath for uncertain decision in treasured market

3. Come to the market these next two weeks. Now is more important time than ever to show support by coming to the market and shopping there. Let’s show these bureaucrats that we want it to stay right where it is.

Mahalo for your time and support.

$40 Bokashi Buckets! Merry Christmas!!

This weekend only!

Give back to the aina this Holiday season. Bokashi Buckets make great Christmas gifts for your greenie friends and family! This weekend I’m offering them for $40. You have two options to take advantage of this deal.
1. Come to Haleiwa Farmers Market this Sun 12/18 and pick one up.
2. Order online by clicking HERE. Deal will only be active until 12am, Mon 12/19.

Bokashi Bucket Sale

Come check us out this Sat at Hawaii Kai Farmers Market and Sun at Haleiwa Farmers Market to pick up your Bokashi Bucket for only $40!

Bokashi Bucket Testimonials

I caught up with a few Bokashi Bucket users last week at the farmers markets. Check out what they had to say about their food waste recycling experience.

Ala Moana Farmers Market Re-cap

The grand opening of the Ala Moana Farmers Market (AMFM) this past Saturday was a huge success. The local community represented strong with an attendance of just about 5,000 people. People were absolutely stoked! A nice variety of vendors provided something for everyone. There were also plenty of delicious foods to get you stuffed right! The mayor and even Governor Abercrombie showed up to peep the scene.

The E1T1 Farms booth was full the entire time, with people wanting to know about the Bokashi Bucket. I’m happy to report that we were able to get Bokashi Bucket systems into the hands of 10 people that day. That’s 10 more people diverting their food waste away from the landfill and back to the aina.

What I was most excited about was seeing so many  people voting with their dollars for local food. Continuing to support local farmers in this way will move us towards a more sustainable and self-sufficient Hawaii. This is so important being that we currently import about 90% of our food . The local food for local consumption movement is definitely alive and poppin! Keep it up!

The AMFM is now open every Saturday 9am – 1pm and is located at:

Ala Moana Center

upper deck by Sears (corner of Piikoi & Ala Moana Blvd.)

Below are some images I shot at the AMFM Grand Opening. Here are also some media coverage links.

Honolulu Pulse Pics: AMFM Grand Opening

Video: KITV News Coverage AMFM Grand Opening







This is Kaka’ako Market

If you haven’t made it yet, definitely come down and check this market out in town. E1T1 Farms is there every Friday 4:30 – 8:00pm.