Dog Eaters

Got to get out of the house sometimes…

Posted on 12.13.17 under Anekona, aquaponics, maui

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After ten years, Christopher Dolder (a Martha Graham soloist) came back to the scene of the original lot. Starting with “grubbing” the land of cane grass and heavily pruning the macadamia nut trees, then grading the land in preparation for building.

But before construction began, Christopher left to teach modern dance at SMU. Talk about eclectic!

We did some work and then hit the road…

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Anekona

Posted on 12.06.16 under Anekona, haiku

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Anekona, looking makai — where organically grown ag takes place.

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Made a labor-for-huli trade with Jonah and his mom. I worked for half a day at their farm in Haiku and got about 50 huli in return. I planted these the next day at Anekona and should be getting taro in a year.

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kalaupapa

Kalaupapa was the leper colony on Molokai established in the 1870s. The Kalaupapa Post Office had this shirt a couple of years ago. Cathy, Jonah’s mom, wears this one. She is a tireless farmer!

lower mala

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Planted out most of the lower and upper mala with taro.

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America Artistinal Fruit each get their own trophy and life history written in a little storybook. And this Wireless Pineapple comes with bluetooth so you can listen to music, blog, post to Instagram, twitter, and FB. Voice recognition make a keyboard obsolete. But wait there’s more! A 4K video camera that takes 24 mb stills as you film makes this the perfect vacation accessory. Until the fruit is eaten or rots, of course.

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kale

The Anekona Kale is more tender than any other kale you have eaten. Usually kale requires some bruising or massaging to break it down.

coffee fruit

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Picked and dried a gallon-sized ziplock bag of coffee. It’s surprising how different it is than “store-bought.”

Honolulu – Kahului

Posted on 11.25.16 under Anekona, Uncategorized

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uppermala

This is the lower mala at Anekona before it got cleaned up.

brandy'syard

This is Brandy’s place. Bobby Pahia “leases” it and is contemplating planting an organic ground cover. He has been a traditional farmer using fertilizers and herbicides. His kalo is huge…

Umahana Sensei at Anekona

Posted on 11.09.16 under Anekona, lei, Umahana Sensei, Yukio Otani

Japanese “delicious flower” Yukio Otani sensei is at Anekona on a lei-making retreat.

Sunrise Anekona

The other mountain I see all the time, Haleakala.

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Umahana Lei in Anekona

Umahama Sensei in Kauai

Umahama rose in Anekona

All creations made with the flora on Anekona.

Yes, we’re still growing vegetables!

Posted on 10.25.16 under Anekona, aquaponics, organic vegetables

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Small farmers are turning to aquaponics and hydroponics in droves. These have a proven record of safe and guaranteed pesticide-free production. And far from being “sterile,” studies overwhelmingly show beneficial, disease-fighting root flora– a staple of organics– in aquaponics and hydro.

Water use is 1/10 to 1/100th of growing the same food in soil. Finally, aquaponics and hydro are especially beneficial for helping to create new farmers and support the new field of urban agriculture because you don’t have to own land to use them.

In spite of these advantages, the USDA, through its National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) is considering banning aquaponics and organic hydro (hydroponics using organic nutrient sources) from organic farming certification.

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