Why should I join?
Members of the Hawai‘i ‘Ulu Cooperative receive these benefits:
- Stable price and guaranteed market for their fruit
- Technical assistance and ongoing training in sustainable production practices
- Customized guidance and support from leading researchers and agronomists in the field
- Marketing, sales, education, outreach, and administration is all taken care of
- Being part of a community of like-minded producers with shared values
- Participating in the governance of a new, exciting, local farmer-owned and -operated venture
- Helping to increase Hawai‘i’s food security and sustainability
- Collaboration with other community groups to move Hawai‘i’s food system in the right direction
- Sharing in the earnings of the business
- Single taxation advantage
Why a cooperative structure?
We determined a co-op structure was the right business model for us because of our primary goal to develop a sustainable breadfruit industry in Hawai‘i that supports farmers and the community. To achieve this vision, we need a large number of small, diversified ‘ulu producers working together to meet Hawai‘i’s demand for nutritious food (rather than a small number of large plantations). By coming together in a co-op, local producers are able to develop economies of scale, ensure year-round production, attain bargaining power, and leverage each other’s social, economic, political, and other resources to bring the project to fruition and benefit more of Hawai‘i’s communities.
How do I join?
Hawai‘i ‘Ulu Cooperative: New Member Application Process
Listed below is the process for applying for membership in HUC; follow these steps to apply. If you have any questions, please email our Member Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sign & Return Member Agreement: If your application is approved by the Board, you will receive an official Membership Agreement form. Complete, sign, and submit this form by emailing email@example.com or mailing it to the address at the bottom of this page.
Pay New Member Dues - $125 Total: New Member dues include $100 to purchase one share of common voting stock, which is redeemable if you ever leave the co-op, as well as $25 for the first year’s annual member dues. This can be paid by check, cash or credit/debit card.
Please note that if paying by credit card, there is a 3% processing fee and the invoice can be paid online or by coming into one of the co-op facilities. If paying by check, please make checks payable to “Hawai‘i ‘Ulu Cooperative” and mail to address below or deliver to any co-op facility.
Once your member agreement form is signed and dues paid, you will receive a welcome packet including your common stock certificate, HUC organizational documents and policies, and farmer resource guides. You will also be added to the co-op member email list, Facebook page (if desired), and web portal, and receive exclusive invitations to participate in educational opportunities and cost-share programs (eg. fertilizer, crates). Co-op staff will also reach out to support you with one-on-one technical assistance, including annual on-arm consultations and annual tissue/soil sampling.
HUC Mailing Address for All Documents: 79-1017 E Honalo Rd, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740