Sustainable and Organic Agriculture Program
2015 Hawai'i WSARE Professional Development Program Summer Update
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Building the Future on a Foundation of Soil Health
Producing clean seed for Edible Ginger using Sub-irrigation methods
Growing area: 1 acre plus other cooperative arrangements
Years farming in Hawai'i: 25 years
Crops: mangoes, tropical fruits, sheep and goats
Fertility management: Evolving from traditional to mulches and foliars to Effective Microorganisms. Occasional soil and tissue analysis
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 Kupa'a Farm
--Thereʻs lots of information on YouTube and Google. Sharing information with others helps us all get better.
--Ultimately it is production that makes the difference.
--Tree ripened fruit is the best there is. I do not like to let anything leave the farm unless it is ripe. Fruit does not ripen well off of the farm. I use a brix meter to verify the ripeness of the fruit.
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