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Farmers Give Back

The “Circle of Caring, Giving & Helping” was warmly portrayed by following the recent events that led to this huge spirit of giving. Many of Grove Farm’s farmers originally came from Thailand. Their journeys are filled with compelling human-interest stories, including extremely trying times due to human traffic issues that some endured and overcame.

Farmers deal with forces of nature such as wind, rain, and drought, but they never expected the current state of the world.

When the coronavirus restrictions went into place, many lost their customers as hotels and restaurants shut down and farmers’ markets also were closed. Our Puhi Park Produce venue became the location for residents to continue to enjoy their bountiful and fresh produce.

With that in mind, Grove Farm reached out to various community organizations such as Kauaʻi Hospice, Hale Kupuna Heritage Home, Kōloa Elementary School, and Garden Isle Healthcare & Rehab.

Principal Leila Kobayashi (middle) along with teachers and staff of Kōloa Elementary School at their Grab-and-Go meal distribution.

Koloa Elementary School included the donated bananas with their Grab-n-Go meals, and Preeda Panyamee’s special banana chips – sold at the Puhi Park Produce – were given to the teachers in recognition of Teacher Appreciation Week.

Bronson Ho and Arnold Valle of Hale Kupuna Heritage Home in Omao are on hand to receive donated produce that will be used at their 84-bed nursing home facility.
Kauai Hospice receives an assortment of fruits and vegetables that will be shared with in-home hospice patients’ families. These patients’ families are struggling with their loved ones’ situation and they don’t want to leave home to get groceries, so these donated produce items are most welcome.
Staff at Garden Island Rehabilitation & Healthcare receive produce that will be used at their 109-bed facility.

The Grove Farm family wants to extend our deepest gratitude to these generous farmers. Their hard work,day in and day out, plays a big role towards improving our island’s food sustainability. Thank you to Sakda, Wirat, Nap, Dang, Watchara, Weerapon, Bob, Bunlai, Taworn, Pat, Sawaeng, Phaisan, and their familiesfor continuing the Circle of Caring, Giving, and Helping! These efforts will carry us forward through these times – the true Aloha Spirit in vivid display! Heartwarming! Endearing! Joyous! Thankful!