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.
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

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