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Diversified Crops Such As Tea Can Boost Hawaii's Agriculture Sector

Elyse Petersen

Hawaii agriculture has recently struggled to compete with corporate agriculture due to high costs of land, water, and labor. Specialty crops such as tea yield a fair price in the market and serve as an opportunity for farmers to diversify and become profitable. Learn about Hawaii's growing tea industry in this article.

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  • Alessandra Rizzotti

    So interesting! I'd love to know more about the work you've done as a food scientist, Elyse!

    • Elyse Petersen

      Sure, I studied at Cal Poly Pomona and worked in the food industry in Southern California in the dairy, meat, sushi, dry mix, and soft drink sectors. Most of my professional experience is in quality assurance and product development. I then joined the Peace Corps and worked with farmers in Niger, West Africa. I also served with an agroprocessors group in Antigua and Barbuda, Eastern Caribbean where I helped develop curriculum for high school students to build, operate, and market solar dryers with used building materials. Now I am building a socially conscious tea company called Tealet (

      • Alessandra Rizzotti

        That's so great! Always let us know about what you're doing!