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The Conversation: Strengthening Local Food Distribution

Farm Link Hawaii

Today we put agriculture in the spotlight. The pandemic has underscored the need to become more resilient when it comes to our food supply. The state has lofty goals for the islands to increase our sustainability. One way to do that is to encourage new farmers.

Joining us today are:

  • Pomai Weigert – AgBusiness Consultant for GoFarm Hawaii and a Board Director for the Hawaii Agritourism Association and The Agricultural Leadership Foundation of Hawaii. Pomai brings experience in marketing, community relations, agritourism, and collaborations across multiple business and community sectors.

  • Rob Barreca – In 2012, he left his career in web application development to focus on increasing local food consumption in Hawai‘i. He enrolled in GoFarm Hawai‘i, a new farmer training program, and launched Farm Link Hawai‘i, a web application that empowers farmers to sell to many O‘ahu restaurants, caterers, and grocery stores.

  • Bobby Skelton – Founder of Red Beard’s Pepper Sauce, an organic small batch pepper sauce company located on the island of Kauai.


Catherine Cruz is the Host of The Conversation and a member of HPR’s news team. She has been a television reporter in Hawai‘i since 1983 and has won a number of awards and respect from a statewide audience. She spent more than thirty years at KITV, covering beats from government to education and health. Originally from Guam, Cruz is also a co-founder and former Board member and programming chair of Pacific Islanders in Communication (PIC). Catherine is a graduate of San Francisco State University with a degree in Broadcast Journalism.
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