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Newsletter 60 - February 2014

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For nearly five years we at the Hawai’i Homegrown Food Network have written about, photographed, given workshops on, sponsored festivals about, and generally promoted and advocated the growing, selling, buying and eating of local, sustainably grown food.

In presenting “sustainable farming” to our readers and viewers, we’ve featured organic farmers, biodynamic gardens, permaculture trainings, and when appropriate, traditional Hawaiian agriculture and the value of integrating ancient Polynesian farming methods with contemporary, scientific sustainable agriculture.

We recognize that precontact traditional agriculture on these islands had always been “organic;” it had always embodied “permaculture” principles; and it practiced “biodynamic” methods long before those concepts were named. Moreover, it was an agriculture deeply embedded in, and growing out of, its local community.

Perhaps right under our noses, if we look long and hard and well enough with humility, there are traditional Pacific agricultural methods, being practiced here every day, that can provide us with the values, knowledge, wisdom, and spirit to regenerate a truly local and sustainable food system.

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


Thursday, February 06, 2014, from 09:00 am - 04:00 pm, Hilo
Pollinator Conservation Short Course

Saturday, February 08, 2014, 08:00 am - 05:30 pm, Oahu
Grow Organic: A One Day Hands-On Organic Event

Tuesday, February 11, 2014, 06:00 pm - 08:00 pm, Hilo
Hilo Natural Farmers Monthly Meeting

Monday, February 17, 2014, 07:00 pm - 09:00 pm, North Kona
Tropical Fruit Growers Meeting

Sunday, February 23, 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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Teeny Tiny Laupahoehoe Farmers Market

Laupahoehoe-P1017592Laupahoehoe farmers market.The Laupahoehoe Farmers Market started in September of 2009 with two enterprising women setting up a tent and selling their harvest and that of their neighbors. They persevered for several weeks until another vendor, and then another, started setting up Sunday after Sunday.

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From tree to nib: making a small batch of cacao

cacaopodsandnibsCacao pods and seeds with pulp. One of the many lovely things about Hawai’i is we can grow our own cacao or find the pods fresh for sale. Although making chocolate is pretty complex and involves some expensive equipment (Champion juicer, Cuisinart or melanger, molds), you can get a great chocolatey result from just using the nibs. Here is how to select a handful of fresh cacao pods and then ferment, dry, roast, and winnow them to create bitter yet delicious and nutritious nibs, and a few ways to use those nibs.

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Hyperlocal frozen dessert by OnoPops

Ono PopsOnoPops produces a variety of flavors depending on local ingredient availabilty.

In 2010 brothers Josh Lanthier-Welch and Joe Welch established OnoPops, whose flagship product line consists of ice pops made from local and organic ingredients. Profoundly inspired by the patela tradition of ice and milk-based frozen pops in Latin America, the brothers based their product line on a marriage of the Mexican patela and Hawaiian regional cuisine. The result is an endless range of creative flavor combinations that changes continually based on which ingredients are available from local sources.

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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.

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