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Hawaii Homegrown Food Newsletter 24 - February 2011

on 29 January 2011.

Newsletter #24, February 2011
 

Building local, sustainable food communities
on Hawai'i Island


Aloha!

After returning from two bustling farmers markets this morning, it has become apparent that locally and sustainably grown food has had a breakthrough in the number of producers and consumers over the past two years on Hawai'i Island. If you haven't done so recently, check out  our comprehensive page dedicated to Hawai'i Island farmers' markets and Community Supported Agricuture. There are now 26 Hawai'i Island farmers markets--ten of which are highlighted in full length articles by Sonia Martinez on our comprehensive page.

Enjoy eating local!

Mahalo nui loa,

Craig Elevitch and Pedro Tama
for the Hawai'i Homegrown Food Network
http://hawaiihomegrown.net

Breadfruit tree in South Kona.


Events

Every Thursday, 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm, Hilo
Raw Food Made Easy

Every Friday, 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm, Hilo
Vegetarian Cooking Made Easy

Saturday, January 29, 2011, 09:00am - 11:00am, South Kohala
Sustainable Pollination with Natural Bee Keeping Practices

Tuesday, February 08, 2011, 06:00pm - 08:00pm, Hilo
Natural Farming Meeting

Wednesday, February 09, 2011, 09:00am - 02:00pm, South Kona, and
Saturday,  February 12, 2011, 09:00am - 02:00pm, South Kona
Organic Gardening for Beginners

Sunday, February 13, 2011, 12:00pm - 06:00pm, Hilo
Bob Fest & Ag Fair 2011

Friday, February 18, 2011, 05:00pm - 09:00pm, North Kona
Annual Avocado Festival Fundraiser Dinner

Saturday, February 19, 2011, 10:00am - 04:00pm, South Kona
Fifth Annual Hawai'i Avocado Festival

Monday, February 21, 2011, 07:00pm - 09:00pm, North Kona
Hawai'i Tropical Fruit Growers Meeting

Saturday, February 26, 2011, 09:00am - 02:30pm, South Kona
7th Annual Grow Hawaiian Festival

Saturday, February 26, 2011, 10:00am, North Kona
Farmer & Chef Presentation

Wednesday, March 02, 2011, 09:00am - 02:00pm, South Kona, and
Saturday, March 5th, 2011, 09:00am - 02:00pm, South Kona
Cooking with Taro and 'Ulu

Tuesday, March 08, 2011, 06:00pm - 08:00pm, Hilo
Natural Farming Meeting

Saturday, March 12, 2011, 09:00am - 04:00pm, South Kona
Revitalizing 'Ulu (Breadfruit): A Workshop for Growers and Eaters

Sunday, March 13, 2011, 09:00am - 04:00pm, East Hawai’i
Revitalizing 'Ulu (Breadfruit): A Workshop for Growers and Eaters

Monday, March 21, 2011, 07:00pm - 09:00pm, North Kona
Hawai'i Tropical Fruit Growers Meeting

Saturday, March 26, 2011, 09:00am - 12:00pm, Hilo
Kalalau Ranch & Victory Garden Tour

Saturday, March 26, 2011, 05:30pm - 08:30pm, North Kona
Farmers & Friends Benefit Dinner: A Localvore Experience

Saturday, July 30, 2011, 10:00am - 05:00pm, North Kona
Healing Garden & Mango Festival 2011

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Reports

A scene at the busy Maku'u Market located between Kea'au and Pahoa in Puna.
A scene at the busy Maku'u Market located between Kea'au and Pahoa in Puna.

Our recent visit to the huge Maku’u Farmers Market took place on a breezy but gloriously sunny Sunday morning.  The market place was buzzing and the parking was ‘competitive’ with new arrivals waiting patiently for early birds to leave an empty spot…but the waiting didn’t take long as there was a steady stream of in-and-out, well-directed traffic.

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A regular Crop Share participant harvests a leek from Mala‘ai: The Culinary Garden of Waimea Middle School.
A regular Crop Share participant harvests a leek from Mala‘ai: The Culinary Garden of Waimea Middle School.

Depending on the season, the fruit trees and gardens in our backyards are overflowing with more food than we can consume.

Crop Share is an innovative project designed to gather these surplus fruits and vegetables from our communities and share them with individuals and families in need. Newly created non-monetary exchange markets, where no money changes hands, can serve as distribution channels for surplus backyard produce, and provide a welcoming environment where residents can share and trade community resources.

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Hair sheep grazing in Ka'u citrus/avocado orchard.
Hair sheep grazing in Ka'u citrus/avocado orchard.

Imagine owning a lawnmower that makes its own blades, moves itself around the lawn, requires no gasoline (it runs on grass), makes very little noise, replaces itself every year or so, and you can eat it as a delicious high protein food. All you need to provide is a fence around the pasture, a small shed, some water, and mineral supplements. Sound like a crazy fantasy? If you have some land with grass on it, and you can afford to put a fence around it, tropical hair sheep are a viable option.

Read more...


Vanilla beans in the process of curing, Honaunau, Hawaii.
Vanilla beans in the process of curing, Honaunau, Hawaii.

The highly aromatic, cured pod (or “bean”) of the vanilla orchid (Vanilla planifolia) is the primary product. Vanilla owes its properties to vanillin, a compound that is formed during pod maturation and in the curing process. Vanillin is believed to be one of most popular scents in the world. Natural vanillin is expensive by weight, but when used as a flavoring it is affordable.

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Announcements

HOLUALOA, HAWAI‘I—New extension publications advise farmers in developing value-added products from sustainably grown high-value crops in Hawai'i.
A series of new extension publications about high value crops including chocolate, coffee, tea, and vanilla has just been published. The photo-rich booklets focus on management, production, marketing and value-added processing in Hawai’i and the Pacific region. Specialty crops such as these provide a rapidly growing economic opportunity for farmers and gardeners who are interested in diversifying their crops and who are willing to innovate their production methods, post-harvest processing, and marketing. These publications are part of a series of specialty crop booklets designed to promote agroforestry and value-added product development in the Pacific. The specialty crop series is being coordinated by Craig Elevitch of Permanent Agriculture Resources in Holualoa, Hawai’i. The publications can be downloaded for free at  http://agroforestry.net/scps.


 Crop Share!! at Mala'ai Culinary Garden, Spring 2011

The Crop Share!! at Mala'ai Culinary Garden at Waimea Middle School will continue every Saturday (12:30 - 3 pm)  from January 15 to May 28.  See our Farmers Market & CSA website page for details and contact information.

Ohia Fields Winter CSA Opens (Hamakua)

Enrollment is open now for our Winter 2011 CSA - 12 weeks of veggies, herbs, eggs, lamb, chicken and recipes. Call Jeff at 345-8248 or Miliana at 430-3847 or e-mail us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for a copy of our brochure which has prices and information on the products we offer.  Or visit our facebook page for more information, including projected box contents for the season. Whether you buy at the farmers' market, the grocery store, or a CSA, thanks for supporting local agriculture!

New Mid-Week Market in Waimea

Announcing the opening of the new Mid-Week Market at Anna Ranch, on Kawaihae Road, Waimea, starting Wednesday, January 19, from 1pm to 5pm. The market  features local foods and crafts. Contact:  Vicki Dunaway, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Farmers' markets and Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)

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