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National Farm to School Network COVID-19 Information and Resources

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NF2SN has compiled COVID-19 related resources that are relevant to the farm-to-school and farm-to-early-care-and-education community.

Local Food Systems COVID-19 Resource Hub

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USDA AMS is working with the University of Kentucky, Colorado State University, and the Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development to create a COVID-19 Resource Hub for all local food systems stakeholders. To see relevant webinars, factsheets, articles, and more, filter by audience, topic, and opportunity type.

Buy Hawaii, Give Aloha

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Created by the Hawaii DBEDT, the Buy Hawaii, Give Aloha portal promotes Hawaii businesses and Hawaii-made products by listing local retailers, restaurants, farmers and manufacturers all in one place. Hawaii businesses that make more than 75% of their total product offerings in Hawaii can apply to be listed in this directory.

Beginning Farmer-Rancher Development Program

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| Hawaii

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The Kohala Center’s Beginning Farmer-Rancher Development Program trains Hawai‘i Island’s next generation of farmers and ranchers through a comprehensive, hands-on training course and exposes Hawaii Island high school students to agricultural careers through one- and two-week field programs.

Conservation Agricultural Mentoring Program

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Conservation Agricultural Mentoring Program is a state-driven program that matches an experienced producer who is passionate about conservation with a Natural Resources Conservation Service field employee that is new to the job. For more information, visit the Pacific Region coordinator Edgar Lopez at edgar.lopez@usda.gov or 808-600-2920.

Hawaii Small Business Fair

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The Hawaii Small Business Fair, sponsored by Leeward Community College and DBEDT, offers a range of lectures relevant to small businesses including legal matters, GET and income tax, marketing, quickbooks basics, cybersecurity and more. The fair is tentatively scheduled for August 29, 2020.

Kokua Exchange: Hawaii’s New Timebank

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Kokua Exchange allows the community to share their skills with others by bartering their services indirectly with other people. For example, if you volunteer two hours of your time towards helping someone else, then you can ask for two hours of someone else’s time to help you with your needs in anything from financial assistance to marketing and fundraising. If you have skills to share and/or needs to be met, sign up for Kokua Exchange here.

University of Hawaii Hilo Marketing Assistance

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Helen Tien and her class from the UH Hilo College of Business and Economics are offering free 1-hour sessions to local businesses to assist them with marketing. Available assistance includes help with moving your business online, analyzing marketing effectiveness, providing customer service, and more.

Free Frozen Online Shipping Course

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Alderspring Ranch in Idaho provides a free five-day mini course designed for farmers and ranchers with frozen products to teach them how to deliver directly and sell through online storefronts.

Grants.gov Community Blog

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Grants.gov is the portal through which organizations apply for federal funding opportunities. A majority of federal funding opportunities are posted on grants.gov; thus, it is imperative that grant seekers maintain an up-to-date understanding of this portal. Grants.gov’s community blog provides tips for writing grant proposals and common eligibility and policy definitions referenced in the grants.gov website.

Webmaster Services Hawaii

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Webmaster Services Hawaii is offering to add a free alert to your business website to keep customers informed about your operating status.

Food-A-Go-Go Farms

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Food-A-Go-Go Farms helps consumers find local produce and producers. The platform includes local farmers, CSA providers, and local producers in two categories: Local Inside® for value-added products made with locally grown, caught or raised ingredients and Aloha Inside® for any food product made locally in Hawai‘i.

National Young Farmers Coalition

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Comparison of Direct Sales Models and Platforms

Go Farm Hawaii

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Go Farm Hawaii's AgBusiness Services Page

Senator Schatz

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Senator Schatz's COVID-19 Resource Page

United Fresh

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United Fresh's COVID-19 Resource Page

HI Food Alliance

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HI Food Alliance's COVID-19 Resource Page

Made in Hawaii Festival Online Marketplace

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The Made in Hawaii Festival Online Marketplace gives business 24/7, year-round access to customers interested in purchasing products from across the state. If businesses meet the Made in Hawaii guidelines, they may apply to add their products to the directory here.

Shop Small Hawaii

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Shop Small Hawaii provides business resources and tolls to small business owners in Hawaii through educational workshops, and promotions and special events in collaboration with community partners. Register your business to receive further notifications.

Concept to Consumer Food Incubator Program

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This 8-week food industry business incubation program will train participants in food safety, best manufacturing practicers, commercial kitchen operations, design and packaging, labeling regulations, and business planning, among other topics. The program cost is $349, and the deadline to register is August 17.

Rural and Cooperative Business Development Services

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The Kohala Center’s Rural and Cooperative Business Development Services program provides assistance to partners interested in forming a cooperative business or are part of an existing cooperative that could benefit from technical assistance. Whether it's getting organized, writing a business plan, or becoming legally incorporated, The Kohala Center's Business Development Services team can help.

‘Ohana Agricultural Resilience

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Kahua Pa’a Mua nonprofit is recruiting 10 families in North Kohala on Hawaii Island for their second OAR cohort. This program provides training, land, and equipment for families to grow food for themselves and the community. The previous cohort produced and distributed hundreds of pounds of food including beans, cucumbers, carrots, bitter melon, taro, poi, and pork. At the end of the program, families receive a free aquaponics system or a chicken tractor so they can continue to grow protein and vegetables at home. Call David Fuertes at (808) 896-0566 to enroll.

Kama'aina First

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Kama`aina First is an exciting program supported by the County of Maui Office of Economic Development that allows Maui County businesses to share kama`aina deals at no cost. They also maintain a facebook page with over 10,000 members.

PPP Forgiveness Webinar

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The Maui Economic Development Board recently held a webinar covering the 3508 EZ PPP Forgiveness application. This webinar walks you through the application and addresses commonly asked questions from Hawaii PPP recipients. The slide deck for the webinar can be found here.

HANO SBA Loan Application Assistance for Nonprofits

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Hawaii Alliance of Nonprofit Organizations offers free technical assistance to the first 300 nonprofits requesting SBA loan assistance.

Pacific Community Ventures

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Pacific Community Ventures offers free and confidential mentoring services to small business owners by matching organizations with pro-bono business coaches and mentors. Companies that have worked with these mentors have increased their annual revenue by an average of 20%.

SBA Document Translations

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SBA documents have been translated in multiple languages.

The Agriculture Leadership Foundation of Hawaii

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The Agriculture Leadership Foundation of Hawaii is collecting information on farms that are offering products through online ordering, delivery service, and direct pick-up. This operating information will be shared with the public.

NC Cooperative Extension

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How to Set Up a Free Online Store for Farms on Square

UC Santa Barbara

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Aquaculture Alternative Marketing Guidance

The Kohala Center

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The Kohala Center's Agricultural Resource Bulletins

National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition

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National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition's Farm Bill Programs

HDOA

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HDOA's Agricultural Loan Division

US Chamber of Commerce

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Chamber of Commerce's Coronavirus Small Business Guide

Lokahi Local Made

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Lokahi Local Made is an online marketplace that has partnered with HTDC and INNOVATE Hawaii to provide customers with limited edition items of Hawaii brands. If you have a limited edition project you would like to sell, contact Lokahi here.

INNOVATE Hawaii

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Innovate Hawaii assists manufacturers looking to improve their business and are willing to invest time and resources to grow their company. They offer a free one-hour consultation on the first and third Tuesdays of every month.

COVID-19 National Farm to School Network 2020 Back to School Resource List

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Back-to-School Resources for Farm to School and Farm to ECE Stakeholders During COVID-19

Small Business Innovation Research/Technology Transfer Program

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SBIR/STTR’s program helps entrepreneurs commercialize their exciting technology ideas. This federally funded, award based grant encourages small business perform high risk or novel research and development in hopes of commercialization. On September 4, there will be a workshop covering research and commercialization, finding funding, and protecting intellectual property.

Free Agriculture Water Testing for Kauai and Oahu Farmers

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| Kauai, Oahu

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The North Shore Economic Vitality Partnership will analyze Oahu and Kauai farmers’ irrigation water free of cost. For more information, contact Lisa@nsevp.org (Kauai) or lily@nsevp.org (Oahu).

Malama Kauai’s Buy Local Food Directory

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Malama Kauai maintains a list of open farmers markets, retail markets, CSAs, on-farm pickups, locally made foods and more. To be added to this list, email megan@malamakauai.org.

USDA’s Local Food Directories

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USDA offers a free platform to help businesses connect with buyers. There are multiple listings, including farmers market directories, CSA directories, food hubs, and on-farm markets.

Emergency Animal Mortality Management

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NRCS is able to partially cover the cost of disposing livestock due to the impacts of the coronavirus and other emergency animal mortality events. Swine, livestock, and poultry are all eligible.

Nonprofitready.org Resources

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Nonprofitready.org is a free online learning library with articles and lessons on a multitude of different topics ranging from grant seeking to digital marketing. This resource is open to anyone, not just nonprofits, and provides short training modules on how to find, write, and acquire grants.

Website Development Offer

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| Kauai

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Online Business Development Services will develop a Shopify website for your organization within 1-2 days for $100 ($150 for a website and Facebook page) so customers can order online, pay in advance, and pick up directly. They can also create social media pages on Instagram or Google My Business. They are willing to accept products as payment if needed. Shopify is an e-commerce platform that costs $29/month.

The Star Advertiser

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The Star Advertiser has created a Hawaii business directory to keep the community informed about businesses' operating status during this pandemic.

Cornell Small Farms

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Things to Consider When Selling Online

Malama Kauai

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Malama Kauai's Farmer Connection

HDOA

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HDOA's Business Resource Page

National Resources Conservation Service

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National Resources Conservation Service's Financial Assistance

Small Business Development Center

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Small Business Development Center's Resource Page

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