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Women and the Future of Food

The co-founder of SheGrowsFood.com reflects on women farmers and how they’re shaping the future of food in Hawaii

By Lisa Asagi

 It started with Dan Nakasone and me driving over the Pali for a meeting at a Waimanalo egg farm. In our hour-long, ag-geek conversation, it dawned on us that all the farmers we were talking about are women.
Sgf_lisa-1Co-founder Lisa Asagi
We had to take a closer look. And what we saw was pretty amazing, a large number of farms are being run by women. Daughters who stayed back on the farm to care for aging parents, women who lost their partners and are now running their farms alone, women who came back to keep their family farms alive and independent women pursuing a lifelong dream
of working the land.
Women-run farms are the only growing segment in the U.S. agricultural landscape.

Deeper research shed light on an interesting fact: women-run farms are the only growing segment in the U.S. agricultural landscape. Not only are women responsible for maintaining existing farms and starting new farms, they’re also a driving force behind the burgeoning local farm to school and farmers market movement.  Economic topographers report that 70% of the U.S. economy is driven by consumer spending.  Guess who controls 80% of that spending?
Sgf_danCo-founder Dan Nakasone
We couldn’t help but smile and think that if these two feminine forces unite, we’d have a lot more control over the future of our local food systems.  The women's movement is not a thing of the past.  It’s vibrant, evolving, redefining the world as we know it.  And it’s powerful enough to kick the local food movement into overdrive.
With this in mind, Dan and I have officially teamed up to create a web-based effort to bring these two forces together.  We call it She Grows Food. We instigate action projects that give people a way to directly assist farms, send out alerts on legal issues that need public pressure, profile women farmers, explore issues that affect our local food systems and journey into rural farming communities to find ways to help preserve them. If you can, please join us and be a part of this adventure!
Share Your Table cares about these issues as much as we do.  This is why we stay up conspiring till the cows come home and why we’re looking forward to collaborating on projects that make our hearts sing and our stomachs growl.

Our First Project

The Online 100 Egg Recipe Collection


In celebration of the 100th anniversary of farmer Sharon Peterson-Cheape’s Petersons Upland Farm we’re asking for your help in collecting 100 egg recipes.

Enter your recipe (and a photo if you have one) here and be a part of our 100 Egg Recipe Collection.

And because every recipe has a story, please share that with us too. Grandma’s, college dorms days, that spiritual epiphany in the Pyrennes included.

The Egg.  It's been there for us on those empty refrigerator days.  It’s endured the ordeals of hard-boiled Easters. Pickled, salted, poached, baked, scrambled, boiled in ancient ryokan hot springs, beaten into clouds of meringue, fragrantly steamed and bejeweled with beluga caviar. What hasn't it done and where hasn't it been?  Do you have an eggs-straordinary recipe that you'd like to add to our worship of this nourishing orb? 

Think you’ve got a winning recipe? You can also enter your recipe in Chef Alan Wong’s first ever Eggscellent Recipe Contest.


Photo(2)_funeggHelp Us Collect 100 Egg Recipes

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of farmer Sharon Peterson Cheape’s egg farm, we’re asking your help in creating the 100 Egg Recipe online collection

Share Your Recipe here.

Deadline is September 30, 2010.


Alan Wong's Eggscellent Recipe Contest

Details: Recipes will be accepted in (3) dinner menu categories: appetizer, entrée, and dessert. Recipes should be original and must use fresh island eggs as the main component of the dish. Entries will be judged on their taste, presentation, use of eggs and originality.

Deadline: August 24, 2010

Enter here!: Alan Wong's website

Where to Buy:

Direct from the Farmers
KK Poultry Farm Egg Store
41-656 Kakaina St.
Waimanalo, HI 96795
Wed-Sat 7:30am-3:00pm
Sun 7:30am-noon
(808) 259-7832
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Maili Moa Egg Shop
87-136 Kaukamana Rd.
Waianae, HI 96792
Mon-Sat 7:30am-2:00pm
Sun 8:00am-12:00pm
(808) 696-3823
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Petersons' Upland Farm
Egg Room

141 Dole Rd.
Wahiawa, HI 96786
Mon-Sat 7:00am-4:00pm
Closed Sun
(808) 621-6619
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Mikilua Poultry Farm:

(808) 841-7074
Costco (select stores)
Don Quijote
Ishihara Store
Longs Drugs (select stores)
Nanakuli Super
Pukalani Market
Sack 'N Save
7-Eleven (select stores)
Star Markets
Tamura's (Wahiawa)
Tamura Superette (Waianae)
Times (Times brand)
Waianae Store

Look for Hawaiian Maid,
Ka Lei Eggs or Maile brands at your favorite supermarket.

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