Initiated by Senator Inouye’s office to help transition plantation agriculture to diversified farming, this program has supported agricultural business opportunities on Molokai which emphasize appropriate models of sustainability and promote local community values and benefits. Steered by the local CIC (Community Impact Committee) the program provides cost-share grants to beginning and established farm businesses to grow, diversify, develop value added products, marketing strategies, and other methods of developing viable businesses. Currently in the 8th year, MADP has provided training workshops and individual coaching to applicants and grantees. The variety of applicant projects has included organic and conventional diversified ag, permaculture, consumer supported ag, floriculture, specialty crops, and group projects including cooperatives. Seventy four projects have been awarded grants totaling more than $1.6 million for developing local ag businesses. Local match exceeds $320,000.Training scholarships were provided to MADP participants for a number of workshops. Recently, funding has been received every year except FY-07. Funding approved for FY-10 amounts to $ 241,000. Projects will be reviewed and approved by the end of January 2010.
Box 338, Kahului, HI 96733
Phone: (808) 871-1010
Fax: (808) 871-1055
- Royal M. Greer on Kihei Boat Ramp
- Mary Campbell on Molokai and Maui Agricultural Development Program (ADP)
- David Ringuette on Natural Farming 2011