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Although conventional farming practices call for clearing away all growth from fields whenever food crops aren’t in the ground, there’s a lot of evidence that growing cover crops can have many beneficial effects on soil health, plant nutrition, and pest control. Find out more about this sustainable practice at the Cover Crop Field Day.
Aurora Saulo (Tropical Plant and Soil Sciences) recently published a column entitled “Are More Regulations Needed for Cottage Foods as Farmers Markets Grow in Popularity?” in the Food Quality and Safety newsletter. She defines “cottage foods” as prepared foods made in home kitchens or places other than regulated commercial establishments.
Welcome to Hallie Cristobal, who has joined the UH Cooperative Extension team in Kaua‘i County as a junior Extension agent in the department of Family and Consumer Science. Hallie grew up on the west side of Kaua‘i in Waimea. She has a BS in Health Promotion from Weber State University in Utah and is currently working online to get a Masters of Education from Capella University.
The “Get to Know…” video series by multimedia specialist Godwin Polendey (Office of Communication Services) is a bite-sized way to find out things you might not have known about recently hired faculty members, like what makes them proud of their departments, what their greatest inspirations are, and what they like to do when they’re not in the classroom. Check out the most recent installment, featuring Melissa Price (Natural Resources and Environmental Management).
A few years ago, local chef extraordinaire and co-founder of Hawai‘i Regional Cuisine Sam Choy had an idea for a new television show: eschewing high-end restaurant kitchens, he would visit the houses of local residents, invade their refrigerators, and whip up delicious dishes from whatever leftovers and neglected ingredients he could find there. His motivation was to decrease food waste by showing ordinary home cooks new ways to put together ‘ono recipes from foods they might otherwise have been tempted to throw away. The takeaway: don’t discount what’s right in front of you—it’s got more possibilities than you can imagine.