In This Issue:
Featured Farmer: Wooten ʻOhana
Kauaʻi Kunana Dairy, Kilauea, Kauaʻi
Area under production: 1½ acres in crops, 13 acres livestock including dairy goats and laying hens.
Years farming in Hawaii: Since 1979.
Crops: All crops are Certified Organic by HOFA: avocado, bananas, papayas, mango, citrus, lychee, soursop, salad crops, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, cucumbers, beans, spinach, green onions, herbs, all cabbage types, broccoli, cauliflower, turnips, radishes, beets, chards, kales, and arrugula.
Fertility management practices: We make 75% of our own fertilizer by composting our goat and chicken manure. Manure management is a big part of our operation. We do inter-planting and crop rotation as well as green manure crops.
Pest Management: We time our plantings, interplant with trap crops, plant pest resistant varieties, and use mulch and traps.
What Sustainability Means to You: Sustainability means being creative and innovative when challenges occur and using low-impact methods whenever possible.
Hot Tip from Kauaʻi Kunana Dairy
Integrating livestock into a sustainable farming system is something that every operation should consider. The benefits of keeping animals as part of a balanced farming system are many, even though they do require a lot of love and attention.