Sustainable and Organic Agriculture Program
Field Evaluations of Tomato Yellow Leaf Curl Virus Resistant Varieties for Commercial Production
Improving the Status of Sunn hemp as a Cover Crop for Soil Health and Pest Management
Growing Local Beef Products
HFBF Organic Symposium
Growing Your Business: Outstanding in Their Field: Farmer Perspectives on Sustainable Agriculture in Hawai'i
Growing area: 16 acres - soon to be 23 acres (100% certified organic), Dept. of Hawaiian Homes homestead agricultural lot
Years farming in Hawai'i: 40 years backyard farming, 5 years commercial
Crops: strawberry sunrise papaya
Fertility management: We rely on CES agents for education, and use bone-fish meal (from Island Commodities), dolomite, crushed coral, and gypsum as amendments
Pest management: big problem with Axis deer - we currently have a 5ft electric fence, but are installing an 8ft hog-wire fence around our entire farm. CES agents provide education for other problems, and we are experimenting with sunn hemp for nematode control and to fix nitrogen
What Sustainability Means to You: do we have the resources and passion necessary to keep the homestead going through the generations? Can we do so while making a profit?
Hot Tip from Kupa'a Farm
--Don't ever do it for the money. Do what you are passionate about. It is your passion that will allow you to overcome the mistakes that you will undoubtedly make and barriers and obstacles that await. If you do what you are passionate about, the money will follow!
--For young adults on Molokai: If you want to farm and are going to a community college for a 2 year degree - get an accounting or business degree. We have the resources right here on the island to teach you all you need to know about agriculture.
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