Vision, History and Purpose
Our vision is to create a sustainable future for Hawaii
Hawaii has a long history of feeding her people with an abundance of wholesome, organically grown food. Only in the past century has self-sustaining agriculture been replaced by chemically based monoculture and the importation of basic foods.
Now, in these changing times, Hawaii’s farmers, and her organic farmers in particular, are again looking to supply a great variety of foods to meet the local needs of an expanding health-conscious population.
The Hawaii Organic Farmers Association (HOFA) was formed in September 1993 in response to the federally mandated Organic Food Production Act (OFPA) of 1990. The purpose of OFPA is to set consistent organic production standards nationwide, and to boost consumer confidence in food claimed to be “organically grown.” Any produce claiming to be “organic” in the USA must be certified as such by a USDA-NOP accredited certification agency.