To become a sustainable enterprise, Lāna‘i must develop a sustainable food supply. This will require restarting commercial agriculture production on the island and building the infrastructure to support it.
Pūlama Lāna‘i will work with farmers all over the island and help to enable those who want to grow organic crops. Diversified, high quality organic produce, fed by drip irrigation, could supply not only the needs of Lāna‘i but also be exported throughout the Hawaiian Islands and even to Japan. Flower farms and organic wineries may also be a part of the mix, helping to establish Lāna‘i as an agricultural destination unlike any other.
Conventional farming focuses on mass production of one crop in one location. Organic farming, on the other hand, favors crop diversity and combines scientific knowledge of ecology and modern technology with traditional farming practices based on naturally occurring biological processes. In the U.S., nearly 75% of organic farms are less than six acres in size.