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Grow Grubs! Farming Black Soldier Fly Larvae

Written by Rachel Laderman on Thursday, 21 November 2013 13:03.

soldierflybinBlack soldier fly bin outside of chicken area.The self-harvesting, antibiotic-excreting, protein-rich larvae of a beneficial insect could be the answer to cutting our dependence on imported animal feed.

Every time a new guest visits our chicken area, they ask about the big orange and purple bin with tubes hanging out the back. “That,” I say proudly, “is our black soldier fly larvarium. Want to see inside?”

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Harvest! Puna Makai Locavore Store

Written by Sonia R. Martinez on Thursday, 21 November 2013 11:52.

Locavore-store1Harvest! Puna Makai Locavore Store.There is a new storefront on the boardwalk in Old Pahoa Town. You can find it tucked in between Paolo's Italian Restaurant and Mike's Pizza, almost right across the street from Luquin's Mexican Restaurant. Harvest! Puna Makai Locavore Store opened in early August. It had been doing business for the last 13 months out of a small fruit stand in an outdoor market space just two doors from the present location.

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Korean Natural Farming with Pigs

Written by Jacque Prell on Thursday, 21 November 2013 11:26.

 R0Y0573Pigs – you gotta love ‘em. Or hate them. Kama-pua’a was a pig-god to old Hawaiians, associated with Lono, the god of agriculture, and also was a lover of Pele. He was a shape shifter, capable of appearing as a handsome young man or randy, rascally hog with super powers of fertility. The epic story of Kama-pua’a is a wonderful example of ancient Hawaiian’s oral mythology and literature. Pigs were a special food for ancient Hawaiians and are still the centerpiece of a baby luau or graduation imu.

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Joining Forces with Fungi

Written by Zach Mermel on Thursday, 21 November 2013 11:13.

Mermel-Shiitake AcaciaKoaLogA partially mature Shiitake mushroom emerges from a koa log.Have you ever accidentally kicked over a log while wandering through a forest, and noticed the white mass of cobweb-like fibers running across the ground? That's mycelium. Only one cell-wall thick, yet capable of supporting more than 30,000 times its own weight, mycelium wend their way through nearly all healthy land-based ecosystems. Given the proper conditions, mushrooms can emerge from these fungal fabrics.

Long marginalized in Western culture, mushrooms are gaining greater recognition for their outstanding benefits to human and ecological health. As keystone organisms, fungi play a primary support role in the recycling of carbon, nitrogen, phosphorus, and various minerals.

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South Kona Green Market -- Revisited!

Written by Sonia R. Martinez on Saturday, 26 October 2013 10:21.

SKGM-overallSouth Kona Green Market located at Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden in Captain Cook. We first featured the South Kona Green Market (SKGM) in the December 2010 issue #23 of the HHFN newsletter. The Sunday market recently relocated to its original home, the Amy B. H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Gardens in Captain Cook, and also celebrated its 5th anniversary.

Visible and easily accessible from Mamalahoa Highway and with plenty of parking all around, the number of vendors has grown from approximately 78 members and 35 vendors to 200 members and 80 vendors. The market is self-funded by membership participation and weekly vendor fees.