Sustainable and Organic Agriculture Program
Area under production: about 60 acres
Years farming in Hawaii: Farming in the Kula area for four generations since the 1940s
Crops: strawberry, onions, various mixed vegetables including beets, Chinese peas, leafy greens, and pumpkins
Fertility management practices: synthetic fertilizers, integrating incorporating cover crops such sorghum-sudangrass hybrids (sudex, Sorghum bicolor x S. bicolor var. sudanense) and mustards and other strategies to build organic matter.
Pest Management: pesticide rotation, crop rotation, disease resistant varieties, low impact pesticides such as neem oil.
What Sustainability Means to You: Sustainability means local food production. Hawaii’s ability to feed itself is critical. We focus on Maui. Everything that can be done to support local production is important. We must educate the public, elementary school kids particularly, and we do this on Maui by bringing kids to visit our farm. We must improve access to land, labor and water. Where possible, we must increase the scale of operations, improving economies of scale, although even small guys can work together to make it feasible.
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