edible Hawaiian Islands 4th Annual Farm Day

edible Hawaiian Islands 4th Annual Farm Day

May 20, 2017 marks the 4th Annual Farm Day, a statewide movement to honor farmers and encourage families to visit and thank those who work hard to grow our local produce. This statewide effort is a collaboration of over 30 farms and 50 farmers markets with support from Edible Hawaiian Islands, FarmLovers Market, Kohala Village Hub, Ocean Vodka and RedBarn Farmstand.

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Team Volunteer Day at Kapahu Living Farm

Team Volunteer Day at Kapahu Living Farm

Last month our team and their families headed to Kipahulu for the day to volunteer at Kapahu Living Farm and help dig out their taro patch and get fresh water flowing. The Kipahulu ʻOhana is a nonprofit organization dedicated to teaching Hawaiian traditions through hands-on classes and demonstrations. Since 1995 they have been sharing native Hawaiian practices in Kipahulu to residents and visitors.

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Ranch Recipe: Chili Pepper Water

Ranch Recipe: Chili Pepper Water

It is common to find homemade chili pepper water in homes all over the state, and our team loves to make their own. Especially since we grow these peppers on the farm! We posted this recipe on our Facebook page a few months ago and it was a hit. This is a “family-friendly” version that Farmer Dan likes to use, if you want to spice it up more, double the amount of peppers.

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Organic Farming Workshop

Organic Farming Workshop

Join Hāna Ranch and Jean-Martin Fortier, the Market Gardener, for a full-day intensive farming workshop. For more than a decade Jean-Martin Fortier and his wife have been making a living growing vegetables on their 1.5 acres market garden, selling through their 140 member CSA and seasonal market stands, they gross more than $140,000 in sales with a profit margin of around 45%.

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Annual Ecosystem Testing

Annual Ecosystem Testing

Our agronomy team has just completed our second annual ecosystem testing. Our goal is to measure the ways that our ecosystem evolves under our stewardship from year to year. This event includes testing of soil chemistry, soil microbiology, soil carbon, mycorrhizal fungi root colonization, forage nutritional properties, livestock parasites, and water quality.

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Native plantings at the Ranch

Native plantings at the Ranch

Our farm team has been hard at work planting windbreaks with native species across the farm. These plantings will help us protect our crops from the wind, and contribute to our goal of helping protect and reestablish native Hawaiian plants. We would like to send a big thanks to our friends at Native Nursery, LLC on Maui for providing us with the plants. 

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