A part of Hawai‘i since 1968, DuPont Pioneer is committed to being a good neighbor and contributing to the communities in which our employees live, work and play. Through agricultural partnerships, educational initiatives and supporting community organizations, the following are just a few examples of how Pioneer is making Hawai‘i a better place.
Working With Local Farmers to Plant Crops
Pioneer contracts with local farmers at its Waialua Parent Seed location to plant corn and sunflower crops, providing reliable income and allowing the farmers to use Pioneer’s land to plant their own crops in rotation.
Helping Local Farmers and Protecting the Environment
As part of our environmental stewardship practices, Pioneer farms oat cover crops to protect soil from wind and rain erosion. The cover crops are mowed and baled at maturity to provide low-cost feed for livestock and local farms.
As Hawai‘i's farmers and ranchers continue to research options for locally grown livestock feed, Pioneer has developed a neighborly partnership with Robert Cherry of Flying R Livestock that makes valuable use of cover crop plantings.
Educational Farm Tours
To provide additional educational opportunities for Hawai‘i’s students, Pioneer opens its farms for tours to support agriculture education through partnerships with teachers that include STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) curriculum.
Learning for All Ages
As role models for the next generation of farmers, Pioneer employees provide interactive learning opportunities for students from kindergarten to community colleges and universities. With an inquiry-based approach, our farmers guide students in using solutions-based thinking while gaining hands-on experience in the field.
Topics include life cycles, adaptations, environmental stewardship, food production, heredity/traits, pollination, careers, and technology.
Kaua’i community comes together to celebrate 5th Annual Harvest Ag Festival
The community came together to celebrate the 5th Annual Harvest Ag Festival in West Kauai on Sunday, Oct. 21. In celebration of pumpkins and everything agriculture, Corteva Agriscience donated 1,000 pumpkins to the community, which scooped them up within the first three hours. The festival included four waterslides and three bounce houses for the keiki, and all-day entertainment with Kapena as the headliner. Food booths were run by nonprofits and sold locally raised products like Kauai shrimp, Kaneshiro pork, Makaweli beef and Kunoa cattle. The 5th Annual Harvest Ag Festival built bridges to connect the 8,000 attendees from keiki to kupuna back to agriculture. The festival highlighted the importance of farming and celebrated West Kauai’s signature event.
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Sunflower viewing tours boost Waialua community
Thanks to a turnout of more than 21,000 people over 12 days to view the sunflowers on Pioneer DuPont’s Wailua Farm, area nonprofit organizations raised more than $52,000 by facilitating parking and selling t-shirts, water and snacks. GoPro also donated six GoPro HERO6 cameras to the media program at Waialua High School.
The thousands of dollars raised this year will benefit Waialua Elementary, Oahu Resource Conservation and Development Council, GoFarm Hawaii, Waialua Little League, Waialua High School softball team, and the Waialua Pop Warner Bullpups Football.
Members of the above organizations volunteered along with West Oahu Soil and Water Conservation District and the University of Hawaii at Manoa’s College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources Gene-ius Day Program.
The tours at the DuPont Pioneer farm in Waialua took place between Wednesday, Nov. 8 and Monday, Nov. 20. Last year’s tours attracted 4,000 people and raised more than $9,000 for community nonprofits. The sunflower fields have since been plowed to make way for a new round of corn crops.
The sunflower is just one of several commercial crops DuPont Pioneer grows on Oahu’s North Shore. DuPont Pioneer has been working collaboratively with a local farmer for more than a decade to plant and grow sunflowers at its Waialua farm, where the flowers typically bloom from October to mid-December.
Each sunflower on the DuPont Pioneer Farm in Waialua produces up to a half cup of cooking oil. Once harvested, the seeds produced by Pioneer are prized for their high content of oil, which is used for cooking dishes from breakfast to dinner.
The DuPont Pioneer Farm in Waialua is home to an estimated 400 acres of locally grown food. Ka‘ala Ranch, J. Ludovico Farms, Mokuleia Farms, Twin Bridge Farms and Aloun Farms make up the five contract growers on the DuPont Pioneer farm in Waialua, where they are producing food that can be found in local markets and grocery stores. Helping local farmers like these is critical to statewide efforts to double local food production by 2020.
For more information, or to schedule a visit to the farm, contact us.
DuPont Pioneer annually contributes tens of thousands of dollars to local community organizations and causes, but more importantly, its employees dedicate thousands of hours of volunteer time to make the islands a better place.
Creating Lasting Value – Mālama Mālaola
Mālama Learning Center, Hālau ‘O Kaululaua‘e and DuPont Pioneer held a blessing ceremony at a garden site that will be used to teach area students how to propagate native and traditional plant materials, which will be harvested for lei making and cultural activities.
Pioneer donated use of the one-acre parcel in Kunia to serve as a community cultural garden, now called Mālaola. Its name means living garden and today it is thriving! Employees of the Kunia Research Center help plant and maintain the more than 600 plants of about 20 species, many of which are native to Hawai‘i. You can see the growth that has taken place and learn more about the project’s role in the community here.
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Supporting Local Farmers While Feeding Those in Need
An innovate partnership between Pioneer, local produce farmers and Lanakila Pacific uses Grade B produce to prepare fresh meals for Meals on Wheels and other community programs. Grade B fruits and vegetables are of the same quality as store-bought produce, but selected less frequently than Grade A for differences in color and shape. Pioneer purchases this produce that would otherwise go to waste, donates it to Lanakila Pacific, then delivers the freshly made meals to those in need.