31 Oct '12, 11am

A food desert in paradise: Solving Hawaii’s fresh vegetable problem

A food desert in paradise: Solving Hawaii’s fresh vegetable problem

Visitors to the Hana Fresh Farm Market. Sam Kalalau, a Native Hawaiian who lives in the isolated, rural town of Hana on Maui’s eastern edge, has a dream for his people, many of whom suffer from chronic conditions with dietary links such as obesity, diabetes, and hypertension. Hana is known mostly for its lushness, postcard-perfect beaches, and spectacular oceans views, and less so for its fertile fields. But this produce whisperer helps run Hana Fresh Farm , a seven-acre, certified organic farm situated on a gentle slope and filled with tropical fruit trees, heirloom greens, and fragrant herbs. The 60-year-old also seeks to educate locals and visitors alike about the health benefits of homegrown foods like avocado and papaya over the canned and processed goods transported from the mainland. Hana Fresh sells freshly picked crops at a roadside stand in front of Hana Health ,...

Full article: http://grist.org/food/a-food-desert-in-paradise-solving-h...

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