Sustainable and Organic Agriculture Program
Promoting plant growth with Compost Teas
Nitrogen Synchronization from Organic Manure Applications as measured from Soil Solution and SPAD Readings for growing sweet corn
Effect of Irrigation Regime on Yield and Quality of Three Varieties of Taro (Colocasia esculenta)
Root growth of sweet corn as a function of organic manure applications to a Mollisol (Waimanalo soil) of Oʻahu, Hawai'i
Pigeon peas: A Multipurpose Crop for Hawaii
Message from Colehour Bondera, NOSB Board Member
Briefs from the USDA’s National Organic Program (NOP)
Growing Your Business: Understanding Entrepreneurship
Growing area: 17.5 acres non-certified organic
Years farming in Hawai'i: 35 years (Mākaha), 3 years current location
Crops: Mixed species ornamentals, including palms and some turf, have been integrated with aquaponic production of tilapia (300 lbs/week), lettuce (2 acres) and other vegetables; cucumbers, tomatoes, green onions, beets, etc.
Fertility management: Commercial synthetic fertilizers on most of the ornamentals. Recently have replaced some synthetic with fish effluent. Vegetables are fertilized in floating beds with fish effluent amended with chelated iron (NOP compliant).
Pest management: NOP compliant Neem and Spinosad based pesticides are used as needed in the vegetables. Pest tolerant varieties are used when available. Tomato and cucumbers are grown in screen houses. Commercial synthetic pesticides are used in the ornamental crops.
What Sustainability Means to You: Reduced food imports and reduced use of imported inputs. Increased food production on marginal land. Improved water use efficiency. Economic viability.
Hot Tip from Mari’s Garden
--Know your costs and set your price; do not be a price taker.
--Develop your market before you grow because there is no time to market while you are harvesting.
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