Monday, April 29, 2013


Mark your calendar: Wednesday, May 1, 7 a.m.: Urban-rural alliances around sustainable food systems

The following is the announcement for this Wednesday’s meeting of the Interfaith Alliance of Hawaii. It’s an important topic, why not plan on attending?

Yeah, it’s 7 a.m. You can do it. There’s lots of free parking, coffee and even cookies.


“Promoting the positive healing role of religion in public life by encouraging dialogue and community building”

When: First Wednesday, May 1st,  2013

7:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.

Where: Harris United Methodist Church, 20 South Vineyard Blvd.

7:00 a.m. Opening.  Introductions.          Irene Matsumoto, Convener

“How can faith communities, farmers and other collaborators build urban-rural alliances around sustainable food systems that promote community health and spiritual growth?"     464E2BAC037ED3C0C341BCE676CF05BFWith Daiva das

Daiva das is Executive Director of LEAF, Laulima Eco-friendly Alliance of Farms, a community- based green nonprofit.  LEAF aims to help solve hunger and poverty by connecting at-risk populations through education and training in natural farming that will lead to economic viability. In 2012 he began the LEAF Aina Corps Organic Farmer Training program working with unemployed clients who wanted to learn and work as eco-friendly farmers.

The idea to start the Laulima Ecofriendly Alliance of Farms (LEAF) Project Hawaii first came to me while thinking about what we could do to tackle economic disparity in our society. I thought what a simple solution it would be if we could provide the unemployed access to vacant lands and teach them how to grow food for themselves and for their communities.

LEAF is committed to creating self-sufficient communities where at-risk populations are empowered through farming to guarantee food security and employment for everyone willing to work. 

“Only after the last tree has been cut down. Only after the last river has been poisoned. Only after the last fish has been caught. Only then will you find that money cannot be eaten.” -Cree Indian Prophecy  and


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