Michael Hodson, and his wife, Tricia Hodson, inherited her father’s 5 acre agriculture homestead lot in Waimea in 1989. Mr. Hodson, who had spent 27 years as a police officer with the Hawaii County Police Department, had very little background about agriculture and farming. In 2005, Mr. Hodson retired from the Police Department as a member of its Vice Squad, and focused on learning how to farm. Today, Wow Farm is one of the most successful organic farms in Hawaii, selling between 5,000 – 10,000 lbs per week of high value tomatoes from their five-acre lot.
Mr. Hodson has also led the development of the groundbreaking Waimea Nui Community Development Initiative. The Iniatiative is a comprehensive economic and community revitalization plan that includes a Community Agriculture Complex featuring a bio-energy, post-harvest and value added capability with a Community Agriculture Park which enables the extension of the farmer training program to families and individuals who do not have land of their own to farm. The Initiative is designed to be a blueprint which can be repeated across the State and the nation to grow farmers, and to restore food security to the communities that adopt the blueprint.