Ulupono Initiative

The Trust for Public Land

Increasing farmers’ access to affordable agricultural land.

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Background

Since 1979, The Trust for Public Land (TPL) and its donors have worked with local communities and public agencies to conserve Hawaii’s best lands. Their collective efforts have helped to build national and state parks, and to conserve coasts, cultural landscapes, beaches, farms, and forests.

In 2013, Ulupono Initiative partnered with TPL on the Agricultural Land Initiative to increase farmers’ access to affordable agricultural land. The partnership hopes to conserve 2,850 or more acres of agricultural land (plus at least 1,800 acres of conservation land) across the state. Through purchases and easements in partnership with the government and NGO partners, TPL provides landowners with incentives to provide long term-leases to farmers and ranchers. These lands, restricted from urban development, can be used to more effectively increase local food production. 

Why We Invested

The investment allows TPL to leverage public and private funding sources to conserve agricultural land, provide farmers and ranchers with greater opportunity to lease or buy affordable land, and incentivize landowners to provide long-term and affordable leases for food production. 

Impact

  • Increase farmers’ access to affordable agricultural land
  • Aims to conserve 2,850 or more acres of agricultural land
  • TPL provides landowners with incentives to provide long term-leases to farmers and ranchers

At a Glance

Investment Area
Food
Financial Model
Non-Profit
Total Investment

$225,000 

2015: $75,000
2014: $75,000 
2013: $75,000

Support for The Trust for Public Land is provided through annual grants from the Ulupono Donor-Advised Fund at the Hawaii Community Foundation.

Website
TPL.org