Volume 13: Sept | Oct | Nov 2012

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In This Issue:

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Growing Farmers in the Northeast
The 4-R’s of Nutrient Management
CTAHR Agricultural Diagnostic Service Center (ADSC)
Prepare for the Rainy Season – Simple Steps to Reduce the Risk of         Soil Erosion
Release Secusio: Transitioning to a Biocontrol Management Program for Fireweed (Senecio madagasceriensis) on Maui
Punalu‘u Ahupua‘a Farms Open for Business
Growing Your Business: Business Basics for Beginning Farmers

Featured Farmer:
Alex and Mimi Karp
Island Harvest Organics, Pahoa, Hawaiʻi

Growing area: 50 acres non-certified organic
Years farming in Hawai'i: 3 years
Crops: certified organic coconuts, sprouted and potted Samoan and Malaysian coconut trees, avocados, longons, citrus fruits (lemons, limes, tangelos, and tangerines), breadfruit, tomatoes, heirloom tomatoes, basil, cilantro and other herbs, greens such as kale, collards, and lettuce, eggplant, squash, zucchini, kabocha pumpkins, and various plant starts
Fertility management: fertigation using compost teas, worm tea, soluble organic fertilizers, and Korean natural farming inputs. Beds amended when constructed with bokashi, dolomite, greensand, and other minerals and nutrients
Pest management: foliar spraying with organically approved inputs such as neem-based products as required, as well as fruit fly traps, and keeping greenhouses clean and free of fallen fruit and debris
What Sustainability Means to You: using local resources as much as possible, being certified organic, and keeping our carbon footprint as small as possible

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Hot Tip from Island Harvest Organics
Get to know the soil conditions and climate conditions in your specific location, to be able to match the best-suited crops to your location and growing conditions, to maximize the chances of growing success

Years farming in Hawaiʻi: 3½ years
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