Earthbound Farm Supports Students like Lehia Apana

Myra & Drew with Earthbound Truck
Earthbound Farm founders Myra and Drew Goodman were fresh out of college when they decided to move to the Salinas Valley. With the intention of taking a year off before entering the “real” world, Myra and Drew agreed to clean up the farm on which they lived in exchange for free rent. 
 
The Goodmans were shocked to discover that part of maintaining the farm was adhering to a strict chemical spray schedule to keep the raspberries free of pests. They saw this and thought, “This is how our food is made?” 
 
When Myra and Drew realized that the fruits and vegetables they eat were being treated with endless amounts of chemicals, they decided they needed to find another way to farm. And just like that, the Goodmans became organic farmers. 
 
Their decision to farm organically came before the birth of the internet; Myra and Drew couldn’t simply do a Google search of “how to farm organically,” so they took to the encyclopedias and spoke with the staff of their local nursery. Eventually, they became Earthbound Farm and CCOF-certified organic members.
 
The Goodmans were lucky enough to receive the wisdom of organic farmers who came before them, and now Earthbound Farm is giving back as Champion supporters of the CCOF Foundation.  
 
As some of the CCOF Foundation’s biggest supporters, donations from Earthbound and our other supporters help students like Lehia Apana get started in their careers as organic farmers. 
 
Lehia Apana
 
Lehia Apana and her husband own a three-acre property in Waiehu on the island of Maui. This small town is part of a larger area that was historically considered Maui’s “breadbasket” because of its food abundance. When Apana and her husband purchased their property in 2017, it was covered in eight-foot-tall guinea grass. As they cleared the land to prepare for farming, they were surprised and delighted to find that the traditional-style terraces used for growing taro were still intact! As a Native Hawaiian, Apana understands that kalo (taro) is more than food, it’s identity. The Kumulipo, or Hawaiian creation chant, tells of Hāloanakalaukapalili, the stillborn son of Wākea (Sky Father) and Ho‘ohōkūkalani. From his grave grew a kalo plant, nourishing a second child to whom all Hawaiians trace their roots. 
 
From Salinas to the Hawaiian Islands, from Pennsylvania to Alabama, the CCOF Foundation reaches far and wide, supporting the future of our land and the stewards who nourish it with the support of companies like Earthbound Farm.
 
You can contribute to the CCOF Foundation, too! Join us for our “We Are Organic” benefit dinner on December 12 in Monterey, California, or donate directly to support all of our programs

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