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Small-scale farmers to get big assist in new agricultural community

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WAHIAWA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

A new agricultural community in Central Oahu is helping give small farmers a low-risk opportunity to build their businesses.

Aloun Farms has announced plans to offer more than 450 acres of agricultural land, divided into 35 farm-ready parcels in Wahiawa, for sale in the coming months. The fee-simple lots are between 10 and 18 acres, and prices range from $75,000 to $110,000 per acre. The new owners will be able to farm the land themselves, or have Aloun Farms manage the operations.

"The market demand is significant. We can't keep up with it. The only way is to bring in, create more opportunities for other farmers to come in," said Alec Sou, general manager of Aloun Farms.

The company hopes that the project, Ohana Farm Parcels, will make a significant impact in achieving the governor's goal is to double local food production by 2020.

"We know that part of us being successful in doubling food production is making lands available, having the mentorship, and making the opportunity for our young people who want to farm," said Governor David Ige.

Sou also believes there is potential for agritourism since the property is near the Dole Plantation Visitor Center.

The project is being developed by Helemano Ranch & Farms, an Aloun Farms affiliate.

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