Back in 2002, which was a long time ago, we were doing just fine.
That’s the year we were a finalist in the Patrick Madden Award for Sustainable Agriculture, given by Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SARE).
SARE’s mission is to advance—to the whole of American agriculture—innovations that improve profitability, stewardship and quality of life by investing in groundbreaking research and education.
SARE’s Patrick Madden Award for Sustainable Agriculture recognizes farmers or farm families who advance sustainable agriculture through innovation, leadership and good stewardship. The award is named for SARE’s first director, Patrick Madden, who was a pioneer in the movement toward a strong, independent agriculture.
I believe the rise in oil prices starting around 2005. It had a lot more impact than is easily identified.
From the Patrick Madden Award page of SARE:
Kea’au Banana Plantation, Hilo, Hawaii
- 800 acres of bananas on two plantations
- Long-term view, minimizing agri-chemicals, erosion and water use
- “Eco-friendly” labels; crew of 70 workers enjoy profit-sharing
“I had a philosophy that we should take a long-term view of how we affect our workers, our community and the environment. So far, this also has meant profitability for our company.”