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No, it’s not pizza delivery, or that e-commerce package you’ve been waiting for weeks to arrive. The Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), has received reports of people across the U.S. receiving “suspicious, unsolicited packages of seed” that appear to be coming from China.
Golf courses, resorts, and homeowner lawns across the Islands rely on Hawai‘i sunshine, good irrigation, and the expert guidance of Zhiqiang Cheng of the Dept. of Plant & Environmental Protection Sciences.
What do intensive agricultural expansion, urbanization, sandalwood harvesting, and unmanaged grazing have in common? They all result in deforestation and depleted soil, both globally and across the Hawaiian Islands.
Mixed agroforestry systems, in which tree crops, perennial plants, and annuals are grown together as plant allies, provide many benefits over conventional monocrop systems. These include improved soil health and biodiversity, as well as increased resilience to climate change and resistance to some pest pressures.
Frederika Bain, writer and editor for CTAHR’s Office of Communication Services, will be leaving CTAHR on July 29 to start a new career as an English teacher. She is very grateful for the chance to have worked with the dedicated, intelligent, generous, and helpful people of the CTAHR ‘ohana.