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Why We Do It

DESPITE IDEAL GROWING CONDITIONS, MAUI’S FARMERS FACE A COMPLEX WEB OF CHALLENGES.

Maui provides a breathtaking climate diversity, when considering its size. It hosts 6 of the possible 13 climate zones recognized by experts, with the wettest spots on island receiving upwards of 400 inches of rain annually, and the driest receiving just a few inches. 

Climate diversity translates to a land able to supply a dynamic array of produce—both conventional and tropical varieties.

Tropical-Farm

Food insecurity, reliance on imports, and farmers’ struggles in Maui inspired ParaGenius Foundation’s creation.

MAUI FOOD INSECURITY

$22,492,000

The annual food budget shortfall in Maui in 2022 (Feeding America Report).

18%

The child food insecurity rate in Maui in 2022 (Feeding America Report).

20%

Children at risk of going hungry in Maui County (Maui Food Bank).

90%

Of the island’s food is imported (Maui News).

93.3%

 How much higher the cost of living is in Maui compared to the national average (MERIC).

$18 an hour

The minimum wage, though highest in the nation wage (Zip Recruiter), falls $16 below a baseline living wage for residents (MIT).

These figures suggest the deterrents that can prevent residents from eating local produce, given the ease and affordability that big box import stores provide.

ADDRESSING CHALLENGES FOR MAUI FARMERS

ENVIRONMENTAL AND LEGAL FACTORS

Tropical-Farmland-Plains

Expensive land to purchase.

Fresh-Water-Supply-on-Farm

Controlled water and its high cost.

Man-Doing-Paperwork

County regulations. Permits are hard to get.

Farm-Equipment-On-Farmland

Not enough flat land to use standard large machinery.

Insect-Pest

Invasive Species and limited funding to combat them.

Organic-Composting-Image-Eggshells-Green-Waste

Faulty composting systems in place.

SOCIOECONOMIC FACTORS

Farm-Worker-Studying-Crops-Reporting-With-Digital-Tablet

Farmers’ limited capacity to fill out paperwork, apply for grants, and find tax benefits.

Irs-Image

Farmers must pay a high income tax and their own health insurance. 

Couple-With-Flower-Harvest-In-Wheelbarrow

Difficulty hiring local due to limited financial capacity.

Basic-Garden-Tools-Shovel-Pruners-Watering-Can

High overhead costs for farmers.

Woman-At-Market-Smelling-Fresh-Herbs

Lack of permanent outdoor farmers’ market
structure.

OUR MISSION

ParaGenius Foundation wants to change the Maui food landscape by empowering farmers to improve production and ease overhead costs. By doing this, we ensure organic food and farming can contribute to community access and community wellness.

Be a part of the
solution

Invest in Maui’s future to strengthen our local food system

Why We Do It

DESPITE IDEAL GROWING CONDITIONS, MAUI’S FARMERS FACE A COMPLEX WEB OF CHALLENGES.

Maui provides a breathtaking climate diversity, when considering its size. It hosts 6 of the possible 13 climate zones recognized by experts, with the wettest spots on island receiving upwards of 400 inches of rain annually, and the driest receiving just a few inches. 

Climate diversity translates to a land able to supply a dynamic array of produce—both conventional and tropical varieties.

Tropical-Farm

Food insecurity, reliance on imports, and farmers’ struggles in Maui inspired ParaGenius Foundation’s creation.

MAUI FOOD INSECURITY

$22,492,000

The annual food budget shortfall in Maui in 2022 (Feeding America Report).

18%

The child food insecurity rate in Maui in 2022 (Feeding America Report).

20%

Children at risk of going hungry in Maui County (Maui Food Bank).

90%

Of the island’s food is imported (Maui News).

93.3%

 How much higher the cost of living is in Maui compared to the national average (MERIC).

$18 an hour

The minimum wage, though highest in the nation wage (Zip Recruiter), falls $16 below a baseline living wage for residents (MIT).

These figures suggest the deterrents that can prevent residents from eating local produce, given the ease and affordability that big box import stores provide.

ADDRESSING CHALLENGES FOR MAUI FARMERS

ENVIRONMENTAL AND LEGAL FACTORS

Tropical-Farmland-Plains

Expensive land to purchase.

Fresh-Water-Supply-on-Farm

Controlled water and its high cost.

Man-Doing-Paperwork

County regulations. Permits are hard to get.

Farm-Equipment-On-Farmland

Not enough flat land to use standard large machinery.

Insect-Pest

Invasive Species and limited funding to combat them.

Organic-Composting-Image-Eggshells-Green-Waste

Faulty composting systems in place.

SOCIOECONOMIC FACTORS

Farm-Worker-Studying-Crops-Reporting-With-Digital-Tablet

Farmers’ limited capacity to fill out paperwork, apply for grants, and find tax benefits.

Irs-Image

Farmers must pay a high income tax and their own health insurance. 

Irs-Image

Farmers must pay a high income tax and their own health insurance. 

Couple-With-Flower-Harvest-In-Wheelbarrow

Difficulty in hiring local due to limited financial capacity.

Basic-Garden-Tools-Shovel-Pruners-Watering-Can

High overhead costs for farmers.

Woman-At-Market-Smelling-Fresh-Herbs

Lack of permanent outdoor farmers’ market
structure.

OUR MISSION

ParaGenius Foundation wants to change the Maui food landscape by empowering farmers to improve production and ease overhead costs. By doing this, we ensure organic food and farming can contribute to community access and community wellness.

Be a part of the
solution

Invest in Maui’s future to strengthen our local food system

Why We Do It

DESPITE IDEAL GROWING CONDITIONS, MAUI’S FARMERS FACE A COMPLEX WEB OF CHALLENGES.

Maui provides a breathtaking climate diversity, when considering its size. It hosts 6 of the possible 13 climate zones recognized by experts, with the wettest spots on island receiving upwards of 400 inches of rain annually, and the driest receiving just a few inches. 

Climate diversity translates to a land able to supply a dynamic array of produce—both conventional and tropical varieties.

Tropical-Farm

Food insecurity, reliance on imports, and farmers’ struggles in Maui inspired ParaGenius Foundation’s creation.

MAUI FOOD INSECURITY

$22,492,000

The annual food budget shortfall in Maui in 2022 (Feeding America Report).

18%

The child food insecurity rate in Maui in 2022 (Feeding America Report).

20%

Children at risk of going hungry in Maui County (Maui Food Bank).

90%

Of the island’s food is imported (Maui News).

93.3%

How much higher the cost of living is in Maui compared to the national average (MERIC).

$18 an hour

The minimum wage, though highest in the nation wage (Zip Recruiter), falls $16 below a baseline living wage for residents (MIT).

These figures suggest the deterrents that can prevent residents from eating local produce, given the ease and affordability that big box import stores provide.

ADDRESSING CHALLENGES FOR MAUI FARMERS

ENVIRONMENTAL AND LEGAL FACTORS

Tropical-Farmland-Plains

Expensive land to purchase.

Fresh-Water-Supply-on-Farm

Controlled water and its high cost.

Man-Doing-Paperwork

County regulations. Permits are hard to get.

Farm-Equipment-On-Farmland

Not enough flat land to use standard large machinery.

Insect-Pest

Invasive Species and limited funding to combat them.

Organic-Composting-Image-Eggshells-Green-Waste

Faulty composting systems in place.

SOCIOECONOMIC FACTORS

Farm-Worker-Studying-Crops-Reporting-With-Digital-Tablet

Farmers’ limited capacity to fill out paperwork, apply for grants, and find tax benefits.

Irs-Image

Farmers must pay a high- income tax and their own health insurance. 

Couple-With-Flower-Harvest-In-Wheelbarrow

Difficulty in hiring local due to limited financial capacity.

Basic-Garden-Tools-Shovel-Pruners-Watering-Can

High overhead costs for farmers.

Woman-At-Market-Smelling-Fresh-Herbs

Lack of permanent outdoor farmers’ market structure.

OUR MISSION

ParaGenius Foundation wants to change the Maui food landscape by empowering farmers to improve production and ease overhead costs. By doing this, we ensure organic food and farming can contribute to community access and community wellness.

Be a part of the
solution

Invest in Maui’s future to strengthen our local food system