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Health is Focus of Hana Fresh Farm

March 29, 2012
The Maui Weekly

Coming all the way from remote East Maui, folks from the Hana Fresh Farm will serve fresh salads, wraps and sandwiches packed with organic produce and seasoned with Hana Fresh salad dressings at the fifth annual Maui County Ag Festival scheduled on Saturday, April 7, on the lu'au grounds of Maui Tropical Plantation.

Their organic fruit, aromatic herbs, kale, tomatoes, chard and other veggies are also available in the Grown on Maui Tent.

Make sure to meet Cheryl Vasconcellos, who serves as executive director for the farm's umbrella nonprofit, Hana Health, which provides the only source of primary medical care in the district.

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As an active, working, seven-acre farm with fields and greenhouses, Hana Fresh Farm contributes to creating an inspiring environment that promotes healthy lifestyle choices.

"Along with our Nutrition Center, the farm is our cornerstone for preventive healthcare," Vasconcellos said. "We have no doubt that poor nutrition and inactivity are risk factors for cardiovascular and chronic respiratory diseases, cancer and diabetes."

As an active, working, seven-acre farm with fields and greenhouses, Hana Fresh Farm contributes to creating an inspiring environment that promotes healthy lifestyle choices. Its nutritious, organic products are used in the nutrition center for salads, hot entres, baked goods and fresh juices. The produce contributes to the food security of isolated Hana and the farm provides agricultural employment.

Hana Fresh also creates revenue streams with agricultural tours, during which visitors may learn about native Hawaiian traditional medicinal ways.

Want to try Hana Fresh after April 7? The farm's East Maui market is open daily except on Sundays. Mana Foods, Whole Foods, R.Field in Lahaina and many of Maui's restaurants carry and use their products.

All proceeds help to support Hana Health.

 
 
 

 

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