Sustainable and Organic Agriculture Program
Effect of Intercropping Three Legume Species on Early Growth of Sweet Corn (Zea mays)
Evaluation of Pathogen Remediation Strategies for Soil and Soil- less Farming Systems in Anticipation of the New Food Safety Guidelines
Growing area: 12 acres non-certified organic
Years farming in Hawai'i: 40 years
Crops: Longon is my primary crop. Also lychee and breadfruit, and have begun preparing areas for both dry and flooded kalo (taro).
Fertility management: Combination of conventional and organic: mulch, compost, and commercial fertilizers when necessary as indicated by soil tests. Foliar feed with kelp extract and conventional fertilizers when trees are fruiting.
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
Hot Tip from Jerry's Farm
--Don't try to fit a square peg in a round hole! Fit crop selection and management to the land.
--Marketing, Marketing, Marketing.
Create demand before planting.
--All agriculture is local.
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