Hawaii Homegrown Food Newsletter 18 - August 2010
Building local, sustainable food communities on Hawai'i Island
In this edition, we continue with our farmer's market series by Sonia Martinez by highlighting the venerable 18-year-old, locally-grown Waimea Homestead Farmers Market. As a follow up to Jackie Prell's popular Natural Farming article that appeared in our March edition, this month Jackie contributed an article about making Natural Farming Inputs at home. Also, check out the report on Tim Lloyd's ingenious low-tech home gardening techniques workshop.
I addition to the calendar below, you can also follow events in a comprehensive calendar that is updated in real-time at the Hawai'i Homegrown Food Network web site. The Farmers' Market and Community Supported Agriculture page is also continuously updated.
We wish you the best in your local and sustainable food endeavors. Keep us posted!
A hui hou,
Saturday, July 24, 2010, 10:00am - 12:00pm, South Kohala
Saturday, July 24, 2010, 10 am – 2:30 PM, North Kona
Saturday, July 24, 2010, 02:00pm - 04:00pm, North Kona
Sunday, July 25, 2010, 09:00am - 04:00pm, North Kona
Sunday, July 25, 2010, 01:00pm, Puna
Saturday, July 31, 2010, North Kona
Saturday, July 31, 2010, 10:00am - 05:00pm, North Kona
Sunday, August 01, 2010, 02:00pm, South Hilo
Wednesday, August 04, 2010, 03:30pm - 05:00pm, South Kona
Tuesday, August 10, 2010, 08:00pm, South Hilo
Sunday, August 15, 2010, 09:00am - 12:00pm, Puna
Monday, August 16, 2010 to Friday, August 20, 2010, South Hilo
Monday, August 16, 2010, 07:00pm - 09:00pm, North Kona
From Saturday, August 28, to Sunday, August 29, 2010, Hamakua
Wednesday, September 01, 2010, 03:30pm - 05:00pm, South Kona
Friday, September 10, 2010, 05:00pm - 08:00pm, South Kohala
From Friday, September 24, to Sunday, September 26, 2010, Kaua‘i
From Saturday, September 25, 2010 to Friday, October 01, 2010, North Kohala
Saturday, October 23, 2010, 09:00am - 03:00pm, Hamakua
Written by Sonia Martinez | 22 July 2010For years, any time we passed by the Waimea Homestead Farmers Market site it was usually during a week day and the market was closed. A couple of months ago when we were on our way to the Kohala area on a Saturday, we decided to make a stop and check out the market. Two weeks later, a friend invited us to meet her at the market for breakfast. There is a breakfast tent she recommended and that is where we had a long breakfast while being introduced to some of her friends. The breakfast tent feels like the social hub of the market. Here you will find a bit of everything that is made fresh, including a delicious plate of Eggs Benedict. We have been back three times in the past two months!
Written by Jackie Prell | 23 July 2010Natural Farming with Indigenous Microorganisms (IMO) is a method of farming using naturally occurring soil microorganisms that are deliberately collected and cultured. It has been practiced throughout Asia and Korea for centuries. It enhances soil fertility and plant nutrient uptake through the introduction and proliferation of beneficial soil microbes or mycorrhizae. The originator and founder of Natural Farming, Mr. Han Kyu Cho, has visited Hawaii several times and this practice is taking root, getting attention and support from the county and state as well as from many small-scale and commercial farmers.
Written by Lokahi | 22 July 2010I must say I was more than a little skeptical. I had seen the flyer for the Self-Reliant Home Garden Techniques (June 16-17, 2010, Holualoa, North Kona) workshop with the photograph of the presenter, Tim Lloyd, standing on top of his “garden bench” (isn’t a garden bench something you sit on to enjoy the view and smell the flowers?) made out of a couple of pallets. I thought he might just be talented at balancing himself. And a pallet has lots of gaps between the slats—how would the soil stay in? And if it was lined with, say, plastic, how would it drain? Not to mention that the sides were only 3” high—what can you grow in 3” of soil, other than starts?
Demeter-certified coffee sought
Do you know any coffee growers that may be interested in wholesaling t, a majoro an American roaster and distributor? They would need to get Demeter certified.Elizabeth Candelario, Marketing Director, Demeter USABoard Chair, Stellar Organic Certification Services
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Call a Master Gardener!
Master Gardeners are volunteers at their respective Ag Depts in the local University across the country. We have an avid group of volunteers ready to answer your garden and plant questions right here on the BI. The Master Gardener office is located in the UH CTAHR office on Komohana in central Hilo.
New CSA: Kuaiwi Farm in South Kona
HOFA-Certified Organic Veggies, fruits BE HEALTHY, EAT LOCAL. Baskets available weekly or bi-weekly ( every two weeks) in the Kona districts. Home Delivery from Captain Cook to Holualoa. A typical basket will include: Assortment of salad and cooking greens, plus one or two bags of other hardy veggies and fruits. We can work around allergies, and true dislikes to vegetables. We encourage our customers to try and taste these vegetables again, and check out new recipes. Baskets can be personalized. Communicate with me by email about veggie and herb choices/preferences/dislikes etc. Baskets $25. Eggs $7/dozen extra (from our free ranging chickens fed on only certified organic feed and organic produce and organic nuts from our farm. NO GMO GRAIN; eggs are not certified organic).
Written by Ted Radovich | 22 July 2010Whole fresh pumpkin and squash fruits are the primary product of commerce. Cooked squash may be canned or dried for storage. Seed can also be consumed. Flowers and tender vine tips of all edible types are sold and consumed as vegetables. Male flowers and vine tips provide a source of income for growers prior to fruits reaching marketable stage, although care should be taken to leave some male flowers as a pollen source for female flowers. Selective, judicial harvesting of young shoots should preserve and promote canopy development and is not expected to significantly reduce yields.
New web site listings
Mala ‘Ai Culinary Garden at Waimea Middle School
Andrea Dean, project manager, How Hawaii Eats, Kapa‘au
Bruce Mathews, professor of Soil Science, UH Hilo
Deborah Ward, retired UH CTAHR extension agent and farmer, Kea‘au
Geoff Rauch, director of Know Your Farmer Alliance and farmer, Kapoho
Hector Valenzuela, vegetable crops extension specialist, UH Manoa
Jerry Konanui, mahi 'ai and educator, Pahoa
Joe Kassel, naturopathic physician and farmer, Holualoa
Ken Love, tropical fruit horticulture and marketing specialist, Captain Cook
Lyn Howe, director of Know Your Farmer Alliance and farmer, Kapoho
Mary Lynn Garner, Konawaena High School teacher and farmer, Kealakekua
Nancy Miller, marketing specialist and manager of Keauhou Farmers’ Market
Roen & Ken Hufford, Honopua Farm, managers, Hawaiian Homestead Farmers Market, Waimea
Ted Radovich, crop specialist, Sustainable Farming Systems Laboratory, UH Manoa
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