The Hawaii Agricultural Foundation’s Young Entrepreneurs Program has launched an online marketplace featuring nearly 300 student-created ag products.
From coconut and avocado ice pops to herbs and spice mixes, the marketplace showcases the real-world experience the program offers in building a business end-to-end.
Liz Stanton, HAF director of grants and education, praised this year’s cohort, saying, “It’s rewarding to see the students collaborate, learn the many aspects of operating a business, and share in their excitement to bring their products to market for consumers to enjoy.”
The marketplace features value-added agricultural products created by students from nearly 300 Young Entrepreneurs Program (YEP) participants. These students come from 17 schools across the state, and have gained real-world experience building their businesses from the ground up, from concept and business planning, to development, production and sales.
Visitors will discoer a variety of products, including poha and other fruit jams, wood-engraved coasters, koa pens, Gyotaku tote bags, jewelry, bath bombs, soaps, and candles.
The marketplace is open through March 22, and some products will also be available at the Kapiolani Community College Farmers Market on April 22.