Ken Love and www.Hawaiifruit.net have released two new posters featuring Big Island grown citrus and avocados. Each poster took over 2 years to complete. The avocado poster shows show's 118 varieties and promising seedlings. The citrus poster shows many of the varieties grown on the island including 23 types of tangerines, 23 types of oranges and 14 types of pummelo as well as various hybrids. The avocado poster, funded by the County of Hawaii office of Research and Development, and other Big Island Tropical fruit posters produced by Love can be seen on http://www.hawaiifruit.net/indexposter.html
This booklet with ideas on conservation for homeowners, is now available. Topics covered include composting, beneficial insects, integrated pest management, native plants, invasive plants, managing plant nutrients, xeriscaping, water conservation, sustainable storm water practices, general planting tips, wildlife habitat, and feral animals.
Garden visits are a wonderful way to learn how to grow food. Several upcoming events take place in gardens. Pictured: Mayumi Oda at Ginger Hill Farm.
On March 21st the Holuakoa Gardens and Café in Holualoa hosted a Spring Equinox Slow Food 5-course dinner that used only locally sourced food. This meant foregoing bread, rice, pasta, and olive oil, among other dinner favorites. About 95% of the food was organically grown.
Seed saving is a skill everyone should know. Three upcoming events listed below focus on saving and exchanging seeds.