HONOLULU--(BUSINESS WIRE)--One of the state of Hawaii’s largest commercial farms, Aloun Farms and its subsidiary Helemano Ranch & Farms, LLC, recently unveiled the launch of Hawaii’s first, true fee-simple agricultural community – Ohana Farm Parcels. Located on the site of a former pineapple plantation, Ohana Farm Parcels is offering fee simple agricultural lots for purchase, as well as farm resources and consultation services.
“As an island state, Hawaii currently imports approximately 90 percent of its food. Our mission is to reduce the state’s dependency on imported produce through increased local food production,” said Alec Sou, general manager, Aloun Farm, Inc. “We developed the Ohana Farm Parcel concept with the intention to make a significant impact in meeting one of Governor David Ige’s goals of doubling Hawaii’s food production by 2020 that is included in his Sustainable Hawaii Initiative.”
Located on the island of Oahu on 480 acres of land previously owned by Dole Food Company, the 35 farm-ready parcels are zoned for agriculture use only and range in size from 10 to 18.37 acres. Prices for the condominium parcels start in the mid $70,000 range per acre.
The Ohana Farm Parcels community follows the agricultural condominium model and will be managed by the parcel owners. The owners will have the option to farm the land themselves or contract its farming operations directly with Aloun Farms, who has been actively farming on the land since 2011.
“With more than 2,000 acres of active farmland and 40 years of farming history in Hawaii, the Ohana Farm Parcel project provides Aloun Farms with an opportunity to share our knowledge and provide the resources needed for small independent farmers to achieve success,” added Sou. “Like our family, this is a unique opportunity for farmers to build their own family legacy in agriculture while building equity in their business.”
About 70 percent of the parcels have already been farmed on and have been proven to produce successful crops. More than 90 percent of the land has been tilled and prepared for diversified options of high value crops for farmers to grow. And nearly 25 percent of the parcels can be easily certified as an organic farm operation.
Each parcel will have its own legally defined boundaries, with farm roads and access to clean fresh water from a private reservoir. A pressurized water meter will be readily available to service and connect all parcels to the irrigation infrastructure. In addition, a processing facility and a warehouse will be conveniently located nearby, eliminating transportation costs. Usage of the facility, warehouse and water will be available to owners at competitive rates.
Note: Photos and video of the Ohana Farm Parcel project are available upon request.