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Newsletter 58 - December 2013

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We have entered another season of turning and celebration. The sun’s course in the eastern and western skies will miraculously reverse itself from south to north.

We’re in the midst of Makahiki, Thanksgiving is around the corner, the winter solstice is but a moon away, and several major religious holidays, whose origins are embedded in nature’s cycles, will soon be upon us.

It is a time when food becomes more important than ever. And it provides an opportunity for us to celebrate where it comes from and how it is grown. Let’s renew our commitment to honor this place where we live by eating local, sustainably-grown food as we express our gratitude and celebrate.

Craig Elevitch and Pedro Tama
for the Hawai'i Homegrown Food Network
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Breadfruit tree in South Kona.


Sunday, November 24, 2013, 02:00 pm - 05:00 pm, Hilo
Let’s Grow Hilo Edible Landscaping Beautification Day

Saturday, November 30, 2013, 09:00 am - 12:00 pm, Hilo
Composting and Worm Composting Workshop

Monday, December 02, 2013 - Saturday, December 07, 2013, Kailua-Kona
Backyard Aquaponics Seminar

Saturday, December 07, 2013, 09:00 am - 12:00 pm, Hilo
Composting and Worm Composting Workshop

Tuesday, December 10, 2013, 06:00pm - 08:00pm, Hilo
Hilo Natural Farmers Monthly Meeting

Monday, December 16, 2013, 07:00 pm - 09:00 pm, North Kona
Grow Tea

Sunday, December 29, 2013, 02:00 pm - 05:00 pm, Hilo
Let’s Grow Hilo Edible Landscaping Beautification Day

Thursday-Saturday, January 9-11, 2014, 08:30 am – 12:00 pm, Maui, Oahu, and Kauai
Breadfruit - From Tree to Table Workshop

Saturday, January 25, 2014, 09:00 am - 12:00 pm, Pahoa
Cooking from the School Garden

Saturday, January 25, 2014 to Sunday, April 06, 2014, Oahu
Permaculture Design Course

Every Tuesday. 09:00 am - 12:00 pm, Puna
Hands in the Earth Practicum

Every Thursday. 09:00 am - 12:00 pm, Puna
Permaculture Classroom & Field Studies

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Harvest! Puna Makai Locavore Store

Written by Sonia R. Martinez

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

 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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Grow Grubs! Farming Black Soldier Fly Larvae

Written by Rachel Laderman

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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Joining Forces with Fungi

Written by Zach Mermel

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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Farmers' Markets and Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)

Visit our comprehensive directory of Hawai'i Island farmers' markets and Community Supported Agricuture.


Peach-Palm seedlings & seeds available

John Mood has lots of PP seedlings available. $1.50/seedling unspotted, or $4.00 potted in 3 in. pot. Also they are going into the fruiting season, so seed will be available in large quantities.  Contact John at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

New Rules for Shipping Hawai'i Avocados to the Mainland to Take Effect

The USDA Final Rule governing the shipment of untreated "Sharwil" avocdos from Hawai'i to the mainland will take effect on October 15, 2013. For all the requiremnts to satisfy this rule, see http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=APHIS-2012-0008-0036

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