CTAHR’s Extension agents are helping those in need on the Valley Isle.
After harvesting 60 ‘ulu and seven bunches of bananas from an Extension planting on Maui, Rosemary Gutierrez-Coarite of the Department of Tropical Plant and Soil Sciences donated the entire harvest to the Maui Food Bank, even driving the truckload there herself.
She hopes to be able to bring similar amounts every week, a welcome effort considering the increased need on Maui due to COVID-19.
“I thought these fruits will benefit people who are struggling during this difficult time, and as a CTAHR Extension agent, I feel we are in a position to help the community,” says Rosemary. “I think if we have something to share with people in need, this is the time to do it, even if it is small.”