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Newsletter 59 - January 2014

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The holiday season is about friendship and reconnecting with each other, meeting together and sharing meals. It's how we keep communities together. Over the past few years, we as a network of individuals, families, and friends have cultivated deeper connections with our food, which also implicity invigorates the fabric of our community.

This year it was pleasantly surprising to see how much of our Christmas dinner was locally sourced, seemingly without much effort or forethought. We can only hope that this is a sign of how our local food system is changing slowly but surely, right in front of us.

We wish you a Happy New Year with an abundance of local and nourishing food!

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


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

Thursday, January 09, 2014, 08:30 am - Saturday, January 11, 2014, 12:00 pm, Maui, Oahu, Kauai
Breadfruit - From Tree to Table Workshop

Tuesday, January 14, 2014, 06:00 pm - 08:00 pm, Hilo
Hilo Natural Farmers Monthly Meeting

Saturday, January 18, 2014, 09:00 am to Monday, January 20, 2014, 05:00 pm, Puna
Food Security and Sustainable Home Systems

Monday, January 20, 2014, 07:00 pm - 09:00 pm, North Kona
Hawai’i Tropical Fruit Growers Meeting: The Phillipines and Mangoes

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

Sunday, January 26, 2014, 02:00 pm - 05:00 pm, Hilo
Let’s Grow Hilo Edible Landscaping Beautification Day

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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Hawai'i Island Goat Dairy

Written by Sonia R.Martinez on Thursday, 26 December 2013 11:36.

HIGoatFarmCheesecave2Hawai'i Island Goat Farm cheeses.The Hawai'i Island Goat Dairy is a small goat farm and dairy that produces all handmade "Farmstead Goat Cheeses" the old fashioned way.

The farm is located in Ahualoa, above the Honoka'a area at about 1800 feet elevation, nestled into the flanks of Mauna Kea on a beautiful 10-acre property that was at one time a macadamia nut tree farm. The macnuts trees are still there but are not harvested commercially.

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Locally Grown Skin Care Products by Second Skin Naturals

Written by Craig Elevitch and Ken Love on Friday, 27 December 2013 00:00.

SSN 009Raven C.J. Liddle of Second Skin Naturals in Moloa'a, Kaua'i, harvesting ingredients for her line of skin care products.Second Skin Naturals™ produces beauty and skin care products, including its flagship Hawaiian Jungle Shield Spray, salves, scrubs, masks and rejuvenators, all made from certified organic and locally grown ingredients. The company’s founder Raven C.J. Liddle created the company out of her personal search for high-quality skin products, finding that the market did not supply what she was seeking.

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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.


Mayor Kenoi Signs Bill 113, restricts future GMO growing

On November 19th the Hawai'i County Council voted 6-3 in favor of Bill 113 (Council members Onishi, Yoshimoto and Ilagan voted Against), which restricts future cultivation of GMO crops on Hawai'i Island.  Mayor Kenoi, who faced substantial political pressure to veto the bill, instead signed Bill 113 into law on December 5th with a strong statement advocating local control of agriculture in Hawai'i County: "With this new ordinance we are conveying that instead of global agribusiness corporations, we want to encourage and support community-based farming and ranching."

For the complete text of Mayor Kenoi's powerful position supporting Bill 113 and sustainable agriculture, CLICK HERE.

Beginning Farmer Training Program accepting applications

KAMUELA, Hawai'i—December 12, 2013—Ku I Ka Mana, a beginning farmer-rancher training is accepting applications from prospective students for its third cohort. The 18-week course is conducted in Honokaa and begins on Friday, January 31. Application materials may be downloaded at http://www.kohalacenter.org/farmertraining/application.html.The application deadline is Friday, January 10. Although no previous farming experience is required, preference is given to veterans and to applicants who have taken steps to become agricultural producers but would benefit from a comprehensive, hands-on curriculum. Persons interested in learning more or applying to Ku I Ka Mana are encouraged to visit http://www.kohalacenter.org/farmertraining/home.html or contact Derrick Kiyabu at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 808-220-2312.

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