THE SENATE                           S.C.R. NO.            S.D. 1
TWENTIETH LEGISLATURE, 1999                                
STATE OF HAWAII                                            

                    SENATE  CONCURRENT


 1        WHEREAS, citizens of the State who grow fruits and
 2   vegetables in gardens at their place of residence for their own
 3   consumption often have a surplus of these fruits and
 4   vegetables; and
 6        WHEREAS, if the efforts of such citizens could be
 7   organized to form cooperatives their surpluses could be sold in
 8   the local market and the State would be less dependent on
 9   imported produce; and
11        WHEREAS, home organic produce cooperatives could be a
12   means to: 
14        (1)  Educate home gardeners about growing organic produce;
16        (2)  Assist home gardeners to market their produce; and
18        (3)  Advise home gardeners on any other pertinent matters
19             relating to the marketing, and selling of surplus
20             organic produce to the general public;
22    and
24        WHEREAS, the State supports the development of the organic
25   industry as a viable agricultural practice because the industry
26   promotes both the recycling of bioregional resources and the
27   local production and consumption for a self-reliant industry;
28   and
30        WHEREAS, the Makiki Neighborhood Board in the City and
31   County of Honolulu supports the establishment of home organic
32   produce cooperatives; now, therefore,
34        BE IT RESOLVED by the Senate of the Twentieth Legislature
35   of the State of Hawaii, Regular Session of 1999, the House of
36   Representatives concurring, that the University of Hawaii
37   College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources and its
38   extension service, with assistance from the Department of

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 1   Agriculture, and the Department of Business, Economic
 2   Development, and Tourism, is urged to develop a coordinated
 3   plan to provide assistance and support to citizen gardeners who
 4   may be interested in forming community-based home organic
 5   produce cooperatives; and
 7        BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the University of Hawaii is
 8   requested to submit a report on its progress no later than
 9   twenty days prior to the convening of the 2000 Regular Session;
10   and
12        BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that certified copies of this
13   Concurrent Resolution be transmitted to the President of the
14   University of Hawaii, the Dean of the College of Tropical
15   Agriculture and Human Resources, the Chairperson of the Board
16   of Agriculture, the Director of Business, Economic Development,
17   and Tourism, and the Chairperson of the Makiki Neighborhood
18   Board.