Volume 20: June | July | Aug 2014

  • 2 August 2016
  • Author: Moore
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In This Issue:

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Maui Master Gardener Program: Attractors, Repellants, Trappers               and Pollinators – Insectary Plants
Small-scale Laying Hen Feeding Trial
Determining fruit fly (Family Tephritidae) host status of moringa             tree pods, Moringa oleifera Lam., in Hawaiʻi
Mushroom Compost to battle against nematode pests on                       vegetable crops
Quick & Applied Agricultural Trial: Persian Cucumber (Beit Alpha)             Variety Screening 2014
Hawai'i Beginning Farmer Programs

'Ulu! (Breadfruit)

ArgriBusiness Incubator: Cash Flow: Determine how much             cash you need to operate your business

Featured Farmer:
Paul & Charlie Reppun
Waianu Farm, Waiahole, Oʻahu

Growing area: 10 acres non-certified organic
Years farming in Hawai'i: 40 years
Crops: Taro is our primary crop. Also sweet corn, sweet potato, breadfruit, coffee, and cacao. We produce poi and several value added products from the coffee and cacao. We produce honey and have begun producing greenhouse grown produce, particularly tomatoes. We also grow a wide range of tropical fruits mostly for home consumption.
Fertility management: crop rotation, compost from food waste, cover crops, compost tea, feather meal as a solid amendment, and liquid fish through our drip system
Pest management: Crops to attract beneficials, organic pesticides as necessary, screen house for brassicas. Crop rotation and non-host cover crops to prevent root-knot nematode
What Sustainability Means to You: soil conservation, using the waste stream as a resource, building a farm that is close to a complex ecosystem, and keeping our family in the black

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Hot Tip from Waianu Farm
--Learn the basics of engine and automobile mechanics; it’s more important to have mechanic friends than farmer friends.

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