Archive for April, 2009

Thank you KHON!

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

Mahalo to the KHON2 team for sharing the backyard chicken revival with Hawaii viewers. Jai and Kenny came down on Friday early afternoon and we were on tv by the six o’clock news. A couple of people in the newsroom are already raising chicks, so KHON2 came to see what the growing interest was all about.
Anchor Joe Moore mentioned that the hatchery business is booming because of the downturn in the economy and people wanting to raise their own food.
No boom here. Like everyone else, we are managing to stay afloat by choosing to know how fortunate we are to be doing something we care about and to have the chance to meet great people everyday. We’re so lucky to have customers that are really good fun and interested in exploring all kinds of things – chickens, eggs, chickens as pets and companions, growing their own food, getting in touch with their inner farmer, adding chickens to the garden systems. Makes every day an adventure here at the hatchery.
Fun.

Growing Power and Urban Food Growing

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

Last October, Agriculturalist Will Allen was awarded the prestigious MacArthur Genius award for his work developing sustainable urban food growing models.

Here is Will Allen talking about his work and why developing urban and inner city food growing centers is where it’s at:

He is the founder of Growing Power, an inner city farm in Milwaukee, what was once considered a food desert – a region where all food was being trucked in and sold in convenience stores, fast food outlets, and big box stores.

Please visit Growing Power’s website to see the scope, scale, heart and vision behind the work being done. They are aiming to build closed system farming – they are composting to grow their own soil, developing vertical aquaponic systems, raising their own flocks of chickens. If you can, do the three minute video tours — pretty amazing!
http://www.growingpower.org/Index.htm

We’re all inspired over here. As land and water become immediate conservation concerns, we should all be looking at models like Will Allen’s.

Growing Power began in 1999 on the last remaining farm and greenhouse operation in the City of Milwaukee — on just two acres. The original vision is still the same “Community Food Center has provided a wonderful space for hands-on activities, large-scale demonstration projects, and for growing a myriad of plants, vegetables, and herbs.” In ten years, the operation has grown, and in that two acre space the size of a small supermarket “live some 20,000 plants and vegetables, thousands of fish, and a livestock inventory of chickens, goats, ducks, rabbits, and bees.”

Their urban farm currently includes:

– six greenhouses growing over 12,000 pots of herbs, salad mix, beet greens, arugula, mustards, seedlings, sunflower and radish sprouts. These greenhouses also host production of six hydroponic systems growing Tilapia, Perch, and a variety of herb and salad greens, and over 50 bins of red wriggler worms;

– a aquaponics hoop house with two independent fish runs and growing beds for additional salad mix and seedlings;

– three hoop houses growing a mixture of salad greens;

– a worm depository hoop house;

– an apiary with 5 beehives;

– three poultry hoop houses with laying hens and ducks;

– outdoor pens for livestock including goats, rabbits, and turkeys;

– a large plot of land on which the first stage of the organization’s sophisticated composting operation is located including 30 pallet compost systems;

– an anerobic digester to produce energy from the farm’s food waste; and

– a small retail store to sell produce, meat, worm castings, and compost to the community.

And they are reaching out and educating. They offer schools, universities, government agencies, farmers, activists, and community members opportunities to learn from and participate in the development and operation of Community Food Systems.

Just think. In the space smaller than the Costco on Iwilei, we could have something like this.

Something to think about as our food security issues continue to grow. We can do only so much on our own. Might be time to start working together.

Thank you KHON!

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

Mahalo to the KHON2 team for sharing the backyard chicken revival with Hawaii viewers. Jai and Kenny came down on Friday early afternoon and we were on tv by the six o’clock news. A couple of people in the newsroom are already raising chicks, so KHON2 came to see what the growing interest was all about.

Anchor Joe Moore mentioned that the hatchery business is booming because of the downturn in the economy and people wanting to raise their own food.

No boom here. Like everyone else, we are managing to stay afloat by choosing to know how fortunate we are to be doing something we care about and to have the chance to meet great people everyday. We’re so lucky to have customers that are really good fun and interested in exploring all kinds of things – chickens, eggs, chickens as pets and companions, growing their own food, getting in touch with their inner farmer, adding chickens to the garden systems. Makes every day an adventure here at the hatchery.

Fun.

Hawaii Backyard Chickens Facebook Group

Friday, April 24th, 2009

Over the last few years, we’ve seen the interest in backyard chicken raising grow to a level we could call a movement, but what is more of a revival.
A lot of people coming back to the old-style, old-school, common sense idea of raising a few chickens in the backyard for a steady supply of fresh eggs. Eggs, organic weed and pest control, and plain old companionship and entertainment.
In a lot of folks we have met over these years we sense a real community or a connection that we feel is community. We’ve created a Facebook Group hoping that it could be space for this connection to grow stronger. We encourage you to connect, to share, and to know you are a part of something larger. Something that has to do with learning how to care for things, especially fun and feathery things. To share resources, info, stories, and especially pictures.
The Facebook group site called: Hawaii Backyard Chickens.
We’ll be posting resources and blog entries from our website. Think about joining us there.
Thanks to our good friend Cameron D for inspiring us with his Pigeon and Hawaii Chickens show bird sites on ning, mentioned in one of our last posts.
P.S. — We’ve extended our deadline for the next Heritage Hatch orders! You have until April 29 to get your orders in!

More photos from our March 6th hatch!

Friday, April 10th, 2009

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Birchen Cochin Bantams
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Buff Cochin Bantams
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Buff Orpington
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Araucana
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Golden Laced Cochins
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Golden Sebright Bantams
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Araucana
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Old English Game Bantams
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Partridge Cochin Bantams
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Silver Laced Wyandotte
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White Silkie Bantams

Asagi Hatchery and Cameron D on KITV Morning Show

Thursday, April 9th, 2009

We were on the KITV morning show this morning, bringing Easter cheer to the already cheerful news studio of the very fun KITV gang. Thank you Janelle Shiraishi and Hawaii Department of Agriculture for inviting Asagi Hatchery to make an appearance on the “Buy Fresh, Buy Local” segment. Thank you also to KITV’s morning show stars Dan and Yasmin and Moani. Also a very special thank you to Cameron Datanagan and his family for coming on the show too and sharing their heritage breed chickens.
Here is a clip of our spot in case you missed it: http://www.kitv.com/video/19139929/index.html
We’re lucky to have met such great people through a common love of chickens, Cameron is one of them. He’s been raising pigeons for show for years and recently started raising heritage breed chickens for show as well. He’s even set up a great social sharing website — Hawaii Chicken Club http://hawaiichicken.ning.com/
and he’s also created a social network for pigeon raising and showing too http://hawaiiperformingrollerclub.ning.com/
We’ve written about the backyard chicken movement, mainly focusing on its connection to the local food movement – a desire for and the growing necessity to have more control over where our food is coming from, growing it ourselves and supporting food growing in our own communities, especially the family farms. Now the situation with the economy is turning this movement into a very practical thing: seed sales are up and people in cities across the country are finding wisdom in having a garden and a backyard flock. A victory garden and a small flock of chickens helped many families through the days of rationing during World War II.
What Cameron and his Hawaii Chicken Club crew are adding to the conversation is the beauty of chickens and birds. The beauty and the diversity of chickens. The 4 H Club is also for the first time in a long time, adding a Show Chicken program to the Farm Fair line-up.
We hope to continue this conversation in the next weeks. Being on today’s show really opened up a feeling that there is a lot to share.

Next Heritage Hatch Order – April 20th

Thursday, April 9th, 2009

Our order for the next heritage breeds hatch will go in on April 20th, so please email us if you are interested. These breeds are only available for hatching from January thru June, so we are nearing the end of 2009 heritage hatches. This might be second to the last.
We’re going to try and order the following breeds, if you are interested, please let us know which breeds and how many and we’ll get back to you. Prices will vary, anywhere from $4-9 per chick, depending on the rarity of the breed. Remember, these are straight-run and we won’t know if the chicks you are getting will be males or females. If you are interested in just females, we’re having hatches of Rhode Island Red/White Leghorns (great egg layers) on April 21 and 28.
Here is a list of heritage breeds that may be available by order:
Standards
Rhode Island Reds
Barred Plymouth
Buff Orpington
Golden Sex Link
Black Australorp
Exotics
Araucana
Silver Lace Wyandottes
Light Brahmas
Columbian Rock
White Crested Black Polish
Blue Polish
Bantams
Mille Fleur
Blue Cochin
Barred Cochin
Golden Laced Cochin
Buff Cochin
Birchen Cochin
Partridge Cochin
Silver Seabright
Old English
Golden Sebright
White Silkie
Black Silkie
Black Spanish
Just let us know!
Thanks again for your support.