Edit ModuleShow Tags

Oh, No, Not Another One! Landmark Otsuji Farms in Danger of Closing

Returning home from Utah to take over from father Ed Otsuji, a farmers market icon, Jonas Otsuji launches crowdfunding campaign.


Published:

Otsuji Farms

Photos: Courtesy of Otsuji Farms

 

Long-time patrons of Otsuji Farms and its fresh vegetables knew something was up when they stopped seeing tall, affable Ed Otsuji at his customary market stall. Otsuji is a man whose rumpled presence is as integral to the KCC Farmers Market as his Hawai‘i Kai farm’s local, GMO-free vegetables—as well as his Sushi Sliders stand. He seemed as strong as a koa tree.

 

Ed Otsuji

 

That’s why the news Wednesday afternoon—that the farm had launched a crowdfunding campaign that was already in its last four days—surprised many, even those in the local agriculture scene. In a press release sent by Jonas Otsuji, one of two sons and recently returned home from Utah, he stated that the farm is offering tote bags, farm-to-table tours and papaya frozen yogurt, an Otsuji specialty, for those contributing to the farm’s support.

 

Otsuji Farms

 

Funds will go toward obtaining organic certification, installing an automatic sprinkler system, the purchase of a Kubota tractor, repairs to the farm house and paying off loans and equipment. For more information, contact Jonas Otsuji at writejonas@yahoo.com or call (801) 808-9108.

 

To donate at the crowdfunding site Indiegogo, visit indiegogo.com/projects/help-save-otsuji-farm-farming-vegan

READ MORE STORIES BY DON WALLACE

 

Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module

Subscribe to Honolulu

Honolulu Magazine August 2018
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Trending

 

Remembering Anthony Bourdain, Who Helped Share the Stories of Hawai‘i

Anthony Bourdain

The chef, writer and TV host filmed episodes of "No Reservations" and "Parts Unknown" in the Islands.

 

7 Iconic Sugar Mill Smokestacks That Still Stand Tall in Hawai‘i

Smokestacks Sugar Mill Ladd

The landmark smokestacks serve as daily reminders of these communities’ rich plantation history.

 

Hawaiʻi Summer 2018 Bon Dance Schedule

Obon Festival Moiliili

Obon season is here, time to dance!

 

The Ultimate “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” Drinking Game

Jurassic World

The filmed-in-Hawai‘i sequel to 2015’s summer blockbuster premieres June 22.

Edit ModuleShow Tags