Community

Agriculture

Bayer Hawaii is improving the lives of farmers in the community, not only through our daily work, but through our contributions to Hawaii’s agriculture community. Read on to learn more about our agricultural contributions throughout the islands.

 

Ag Park at Kunia

In an effort to help improve farm productivity and food quality for Hawai`i, Bayer remains committed to supporting local ag production by implementing programs that improve the lives of farmers in the community, and ultimately increase the amount of locally grown produce.

Established in July 2011 as a private-public partnership between Bayer Hawaii, the Hawaii Agricultural Foundation and Island Palm Communities, the Ag Park at Kunia is approximately 220 acres of land on Oahu that has been made available to small local farmers in an effort to help them achieve economic self-sufficiency and diversify local food production.

Comprised of four distinct parcels that vary in acreage, the Ag Park at Kunia provides excellent growing environments with consistent sunlight and warm temperatures. Currently, more than 20 farmers are actively utilizing the land to grow a variety of produce, including fruit trees, cucumbers, tomatoes, chili peppers, taro, ulu, long beans, squash, okra, butternut squash, string beans and eggplant. This locally grown produce can be found at the Leeward Community College Sunday farmers’ market or via delivery service with Oahu Fresh and Holoholo General Store.

To ensure the success of both the farmers and the park, Bayer provides in-kind support, including security, land preparation (e.g., mowing, disking), technical expertise and bulk purchasing opportunities.

“By supporting, educating and providing the land and resources to farmers, our goal is to improve farm productivity for the state and ultimately help contribute to the state goal of doubling local food production by 2020,” said Dan Clegg, Hawai`i business operations lead at Bayer. “Bayer will continue to cultivate partnerships and support programs, like the Ag Park at Kunia, that preserve agricultural acreage and integrity.”

Bayer Hawaii leases out approximately 636 acres of land across the state to local farmers and ranchers for diversified ag. On the island of Molokai, Bayer leases 130 acres of its land to local farmers that produce coffee and an assortment of vegetables.

Click here to learn more about Bayer Hawaii’s commitment to local ag production.

Interested in being an Ag Park at Kunia tenant?

Please contact the Hawaii Agricultural Foundation.

Ag Security Watch

In response to growing theft, vandalism, and agro-terrorism at local farms, law enforcement officers and the agricultural community have joined forces to establish the Agriculture Security Watch. Bayer Hawaii has supported and been actively involved in this program since its inception. We believe cooperating and partnering with law enforcement and our fellow farmers is critical to ensuring a safe and secure environment for our employees and residents.
Spearheaded by the Police Department and members of the agriculture community, this program helps foster a more cohesive network among law enforcement partners, farmers, ranchers, and agriculture organizations of all sizes to enable us to operate freely with minimal disruption from vandalism, theft and agro-terrorism.

Efforts to date have included increased police patrols, quicker response times to crimes on agricultural lands, greater familiarization of agricultural areas by the police and improved sharing of information so farmers, ranchers, police and other agricultural entities can be alerted about possible criminal activities and trends.