CONTACT AND TITLE PAGE

SCBGP-FB, FY 2014

 

Title of Project:

Increasing the Supply of Specialty Crop Fruit Trees for Growers in Hawaii

 

Amount Requested: _$40,000.00_  (Revised)

 

Applicant and Alternate Contact Information:

Primary contact:

Ken Love

Executive Director

Hawaii Tropical Fruit Growers

PO Box 1162

Captain Cook, Hi. 96704-1162

808-969-7926

Ken@mycoffee.net

www.HTFG.org

 

Alternate Contact:

Mark Suiso

President

Hawaii Tropical Fruit Growers

 PO Box 1162

Captain Cook, Hi. 96704-1162

808-969-7926

suiso@aloha.net

www.HTFG.org

 

 

State tax ID: W404 322 64-01           Federal Tax ID: 99-0272505

Duns: 019267807                                Dcca: 76917

 

Project Partners (Name and Title):

 

Urban Garden Center = Ray Uchida

County Administrator Oahu

 

Brian Lievens

HTFG West Hawaii

 

Marshall Joy

Molokai Farmer

 

Chantal Chung

Project Manager Kona

 

 

 

 

Increasing the Supply of Specialty Crop Fruit Trees for Growers in Hawaii

(Revised 6-11-14)

 

 Abstract

The “Buy Local, It Matters” campaigns in the state and the Hawaii Tropical Fruit Growers (HTFG) successful collaborations with island chefs to utilize the ultra-exotic ethnic tropical fruits have increased the demand for local fruit.  Currently, the demand for locally grown fruits is greater than what the local growers can supply and in order to increase production, the growers need a reliable supply of trees to plant in order to increase production and support their individual business plans. 

 

State culinary schools have promoted using locally grown produce in their curriculum and adding the less familiar, more difficult to source local fruit is important to their creativity as they move into the work place.


Trees are available from outside the state, however, the obstacles of high cost to purchase, to ship, and to approve for import is often prohibitive for local growers to risk, knowing the trees may not survive in the local environment.  Some of the desired trees already exist in Hawaii at state and federal research facilities or at the Botanic Gardens, however, there are administrative challenges in order to distribute cloned material.  This project would work with these institutions to obtain the germplasm for cloning and plant the trees at project-selected locations.

 

The goal of this project is to develop a series of tropical fruit tree germplasm repositories for unusual tropical fruit or unusual varieties of common fruit such as avocado, mango and lychee, on participating island counties throughout the state. HTFG would procure the resulting trees for planting then propagate and distribute them to growers statewide at a lower cost, with no shipping, import permitting costs and less climate concerns.  They would also be made available to commercial nurseries that don’t usually carry these unusual varieties.

 

 

Project Purpose

 

• What is the specific issue, problem or need to be addressed by the project?

This project would pave the way for increased fruit production on all islands by making the rare trees available to growers at low cost.  Growers have limited access to trees that produce fruit from developing crops such as figs, bilimbi and black Surinam cherry. Growers also have great difficulty in obtaining unusual varieties of citrus, lychee and mango. In many cases when in the rare instance when plants are available they are often priced too high for the average grower.  Trees at each of the repositories would be made available at only slightly above cost in order to maintain the repository stock and supplies.  Each location would also be a repository of knowledge to be disseminated at outreach meetings held at each location. HTFG members have already started to clone fruit trees for distribution ad it is estimated that 60% of the trees to be planted as part of this project are currently available from members. Additional trees need to be propagated as part of the project and planted in each location.

 

• Why is the project important and timely?

There two primary reasons this project is timely and extremely important. First, the demand for trees is increasing faster then tree farmers and commercial nurseries can keep up. This is do in-part to the buy local campaigns, increasing number of farmers markets throughout the state and chef and culinary school utilization of exotic locally grown fruit. Secondly, do to recent infestations of the coffee berry borer, fire ants and other pests or viruses, growers are changing from mono-crops like coffee and mac nuts to a more diversified tropical fruit tree orchards. HTFG receives a number of weekly calls asking for fruit tree sources.

 

• What are the objectives of the project?

The objectives of this project are to be able to provide the more unusual fruit trees and varieties to HTFG members and others at low cost throughout the state. This gives HTFG members the ability to develop markets for the specialized varieties of fruit. This will enhance small farm sustainability and profit. Having harvested fruit for educational purposes would serve to educate chefs and Hawaii’s visitors at farmers markets.

 

Potential Impact

 

• Who are the specialty crop beneficiaries of the project?

There is a core group of active HTFG members at each island location who will be the volunteers to plant and propagate and trees. They will be responsible for sales and distribution of the trees to all growers in the state. If not HTFG members those receiving the trees will be asked to join HTFG in order to receive the latest updated information, attend educational sessions sponsored by HTFG and be part of future collaborative efforts.

 

Fruit harvested from available trees that is not used for propagation will enable HTFG to hold taste tests for chefs who will also benefit from the project by being exposed to the unusual fruit and eventually be able to purchase it from growers who have planted and have producing trees.  This project builds on the previously funded specialty crop funded project, “Building New Markets for Hawaii’s Ultra Exotic Ethnic Tropical Fruits”.  In this previous project the demand for the ultra exotic fruit was much greater than previously anticipated. This project will address that by cloning and distributing mostly trees already known to be in demand. Chefs would be encourage to contribute input as to what fruits they would be interested in procuring on a regular basis. Finger limes, Yuzu citrus, bilimbi, local plums and green sapote have already been requested

 

Each location would be designed with the potential to be developed into an education center and agtourism destination. This would be patterned after The Twelve Trees Project in Kona, http://www.hawaiifruit.net/12trees.html and the fruit parks in Japan. http://www.hawaiifruit.net/hfp.htm. As an education center for each location, the repositories could also hold classes on various propagation techniques.  Host AG related community meetings and be a repository of knowledge as well as plant material.  Additional funding would be sought for these endeavors as well as to supplement each site with storage facilities and workbenches for propagation. Each site would also protect endangered fruit varieties such as rare Hawaiian bananas and other fruit depending on elevation.

 

Some fruit trees would be able to be cloned in as little as 3 years while others would take more than 10 years.  As the focus is on production of trees, the need to produce fruit is minimal.  Any fruit not used for seeds would be sold to support the project. Those trees cloned from seed would be available within the first year like black Surinam cherry, bilimbi and grumichama. Fig cuttings would also be obtained within the first year.  HTFG has already distributed more than 1000 fig cuttings or trees, 300 pomegranate trees and more than 200 grape vines for testing.

 

The importance of this project for growers and Hawaii sustainability in general is such that HTFG has already started to undertake certain project components.

HTFG already has each location approved with a memorandum of agreement between landowners and HTFG. HTFG already has permission to get trees from the University of Hawaii experiment stations and has already requested fig and Pomegranate cuttings from the USDA. HTFG members have already potted or received close to 300 trees for distribution. Support from 2 nurseries to donate some trees and a fertilizer company donation was also pledged. Funding will enable HTFG to fulfill the goals of this project within the first year and enable it to be self-sustaining for years to come.

 

 

 

• How many specialty crop beneficiaries will be impacted?

Only the numbers of trees available limits the number of beneficiaries. It is estimated that during the first year, the project could produce 100 available trees at each location from figs and other seedlings but will plan to distribute 50 at each location. Each subsequent year each location would increase by 100, the number of available trees.  After 5 years the project should have propagated and released to growers at least 2000 fruit trees to at least 400 growers around the state. These trees will produce fruit from within 1 to 5 years time that growers will be able to market to enhance their profitability.

 

• How will the specialty crop beneficiaries be impacted by the project?

HTFG as a beneficiary of the project, will be able to sell the cloned trees for an average of $20 per tree as opposed to current nursery prices of $30 average. The project would produce and income of $8,000 the first year and up to $40,000 by year 5. Sales from project produced fruit would be minimal until full production but still provide and extra $4000 in year five, mostly from figs.  Funds received from tree and fruit sales would be kept in the project so that it becomes sustainable.  A long term goal would be for each location would be able to hire a manager.

 

 

Depending on the individual tree and when they first fruit, growers will be able to sell fruit produced from the trees.  Based on $.75 per fig, each tree has the potential to produce $1000.00 in figs after 5 years.

 

• What is the potential economic impact of the project if available?

Based on the current wholesale price of $.75 per fig, each tree has the potential to produce $1000.00 in figs after 5 years. Assuming 50 figs are distributed at each location, that means there is a potential for $250,000.00 income for 250 growers around the state. Other trees such as rollinia and abiu will also produce fruit within the first 5 years adding to this total.

 

Each tree has a average wholesale value of $20.00. At 5 years, 500 trees could be distributed at each location. 2000 trees would give HTFG $40,000.00 to continue to fund the project and purchase needed propagation supplies.    

 

Expected Measurable Outcomes

 

Goal:

The goal of this project is to increase the numbers of fruit trees in production in the state of Hawaii. This in turn, will increase the sellable fruit produced by HTFG members and other farmers increasing their sustainability.  Trees will be chosen by polling HTFG members on each island and by interviewing chefs, grocery stores and wholesale customers. Examples of these trees include; golden glow mango, bilimbi, pot po hung lychee, Serpa avocado, black Kawahara surinam cherry, ele ele banana,  wampi, jackfruit, figs, and selected varieties of many other fruits.

 

Performance Measure:

The project will maintain records of the distributed trees, HTFG members and other volunteers will be expected to propagate and distribute as many as 50 trees the first year at each location on Kauai, Kona, Hilo and Molokai. The second year 100 trees per site and up to 500 trees by year 5. This includes grafted trees, cuttings and airlayers.

 

Benchmark:

Working with a core group of ten volunteers on each island.  These members will also be planting additional trees. Each of the 50 members will be asked to insure 50 trees are planted on each island the first year.  As the amount of material is available the number of trees will increase to 100 per year per location and 500 per year per location by year 5.

 

Target:

Currently there are no trees being distributed outside of commercial nurseries. These nurseries have asked HTFG for assistance in obtaining the more unusual varieties and species asked for by growers. The target is to obtain and plant   at least 50 trees in central locations where HTFG members can clone and distribute cuttings, airlayers and other material for propagation.  HTFG’s target is to distribute 50 trees the first year at each location.

 

 

Work Plan

 

Project Activity

Who will do the work?

 When Accomplished

Develop and confirm partnerships for land use on each island.

Ken Love

Month 1 and 2

Develop Advisory Committee

Ken Love

Month 1 and 2

Poll members, chefs and wholesalers as to what fruits they most desire

Ken Love

Month 1 and 2

Ask members to start propagation of their personal trees.

Ken Love

Month 1 and 2

 

Secure cuttings, from USDA Germplasm repositories in Davis. of Figs and Pomegranate

Ken Love

Month 1 and 2

Secure plant material such as seedlings and cuttings from HTFG members based on results of polling  customers.

Ken Love

Month 1 and 2

Place progress report on Hawaiifruit.net and htfg.org

Ken Love & HTFG Webmaster

Month 1 and 2

Obtain permission from the University of Hawaii to take plant material for propagation from statewide experiment stations. Collect material.

Ken Love

Month 1 and 2

Obtain permission from and collect material from botanic gardens and private collections around the state.

Ken Love

Month 1 and 2

Scout and photograph locations on Molokai, Kauai, Hilo and Kona

Ken Love will travel to each location to obtain information for orchard design

Month 3 and 4

Develop orchard design

Ken Love and designers Dick Kuehner  (Former US FISH and Wildlife park designer) and Brian Lievens (Professional landscape designer) Both HTFG West Hawaii Chapter Officers

Month 3 and 4

Prepare land and plant trees at each location.

Ken Love will travel to each location and work with HTFG members. 

Month 3 and 4

Procure propagation materials (pots, soils, ferilizers) for each location.

Ken Love

Month 3 and 4

Monitor all new planted trees to insure health

Ken Love and HTFG members at each location

Month 7 onward

Distribute 50 cuttings or seedlings at each location

Ken Love and local HTFG members

Month 10

 

Develop guides for each site and other outreach materials

Ken Love

Month 10-11

Update websites

Ken Love and HTFG Webmaster

Month 11

Prepare Final Report

ken Love

Month 12

 

 

 

 

Budget narrative

Expense Category

Funds Requested

Personnel

$10,000

Fringe Benefits

0

Travel

$3400

Equipment

$1000

Supplies

$23,800

Contractual

0

Other (shipping, postage, Internet fees)

$1800

 

 

Direct Costs Subtotal

 

Indirect Costs

 

 

 

Total Budget

$40,000.

 

 

 

 

Personnel

Name / Title

Level of Effort

Funds Requested

Ken Love

Project Manager

400 hours / $25. per hour

$10,000

 

 

 

 

Personnel Subtotal

$10,000

 

Travel

Destination

Purpose

Type of Expense

Unit of Measure

Number of units

Cost per unit

Number of Travelers

Funds Requested

Molokai

Scout location for orchard design and planning. Preparing field and planting trees. (Field work)

airfare

round trip

2

$350

1

$700.00

Molokai

(Field work)

hotel meals car rental

per diem

4

150

1

$600.00

Kauai

(Field work)

airfare

round trip

2

350

1

700.00

Kauai

(Field work)

hotel meals car rental

per diem

4

150

 

600.00

Kona

(Field work)

mileage

miles

80

.30

1

24.00

Hilo

(Field work)

mileage

miles

500

.30

1

150.00

Hilo

(Field work)

hotel meals car rental

per diem

4

150

1

600.00

Misc

 

 

 

 

 

 

37.00

 

Travel Subtotal           $3400.00

 

Equipment

Item Description

Justification

Rental or Purchase

Funds Requested

Shovels, rakes, hoes, pick axe for 5 locations

Needed to plant trees

Purchase

$1000.00

 

Equipment Subtotal

$1000.00

 

 

 

 

Supplies

Item Description

Justification

Per unit cost

Number of units

Funds requested

Trees

50 “mother” trees will be planted at each location for future propagation and distribution

30

200

$6000

Fertilizer

Needed for new trees and propagated cuttings at each location

35

80

$2800

Soil

Needed for potting cuttings and for establishing new trees at each location

15

200

$3000

Water

Needed for tree survival at each location

1000.00

4

$4000.

pots, grafting knives, grafting tape, airlayer foil

Needed at each location for propagation by cuttings, air layers and grafting to distribute 50 trees at each site.

1000.00

4

$4000.

weedmat

needed to protect newly planted trees from excessive weed growth

1000.00

4

4000.00

 

Supplies Subtotal

$23,800.00

 

 

Other / Miscellaneous:

Item Description

Justification

Per-unit cost

Number of units

Funds Requested

Printing, postage, website

Needed to print and mail outreach material and to update websites

$200.00

4

$800.00

Interisland tree shipping

Some exotic trees are only available on one island but needed on other islands

$200.00

4

$1000.00

 

Other Subtotal

$1800.00

 

 

 

 

 

Sub total                                                                                            $40,000 

 

In-kind

Trees from growers                                                                                     $15,000

In-kind salary                                                                                               $15,000

Donated labor - planting

$15 per hour  (10 days x 5 locations x 10 volunteers)                $60,000

 

Sub total                                                                                            $90,000

 

Total Budget                                                                                     $ 130,000

 

 

 

Advisors

Robert Paull

Mark Nickum

Ted Radovitch

Paul Heerlein

 

Project Locations

 

Kona  - Kamehameha Schools Lease Holder Kona, MOA Received

Kauai – National Tropical Botanic Garden - Waiting for MOA

Hilo – Brian Lievens Land, MOA Received

Molokai –Marshal Joy Land -  Waiting for MOA

 

Endorsement Statement:

Please include the following language below in your application and sign:

I certify that the information provided is true and correct to the best of my knowledge. If approved for the Sponsorship and Product Promotion Program FY2014 (SPP14), I agree the organization will assume sole responsibility of any and all debts or liabilities that may be incurred from this project; and will provide the required documentation to HDOA upon request. I understand that if this proposal is funded, I will be required to sign an agreement and other necessary documentation containing terms and conditions upon which funds will be released.


                                                                                                6-11-14

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Signature                                                                   Date

 

Executive Director

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