Archive for June, 2009

Heritage Hatch, Fruit Trees, Honolulu Farmers Market, and New Things in the Works!

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

Sorry, we’ve missed a few posting dates over here.

Been pretty busy with another heritage hatch (a bunch of you probably got a phone call and now have some new chicks running around) and more fruit trees in.

The trees are all minimum of two years old, their roots protected in black plastic transportation sacks, ready to pick up and plant. We bring in a lot of dwarf trees because a lot of us live in urban areas and don’t have a lot of room.

Here is a list of trees currently in stock:

Dwarf Calamondin Lime (when we ordered kalamansi trees they said this was it!)

Dward Kaffir Lime

Dwarf Clementine Tangerine

Dward Chandler Pommelo

Manoa Sweet Acerola

Sharwil Avocado

Golden Nugget Loquat

Murta Jabotica Mulberry

Red Mountain Apple

Kumquat Surinam Cherry

We’ve also been running around with our new work with Hawaii Farm Bureau, helping to manage a few of the farmers markets around town. We’re busy with the new Honolulu Farmers’ Market at the Blaisdell get on its feet, that is the one that happens every Wednesday, 4-7 p.m. We are also helping to grow the one at Mililani High School that is on Sundays, 8-11 a.m.

We view our work with the farmers markets as an extension of our family’s efforts to help other families (most of the food growing farms in Hawaii are still family owned and operated) who are trying to keep the food growing systems in Hawaii alive.

We’ll keep you posted on more developments in this area of our work, we are working to create more opportunities for community to become more involved in this effort, because we know its been on everyone’s mind lately — our food security, our food safety, and how it can be a way to fortify our local economy.

Take care and hope you are having a good start to a great summer.

Community Chickens Website

Friday, June 5th, 2009

Wow! Our two favorite magazines, Grit and Mother Earth News, have teamed up to produce a great new on-line resource for all things poultry.
The first issue looks wonderful, with a guide to heritage chicken breeds and designs for homemade incubators.
Here is a link to that website:
Hope you find it helpful!

Ma`o Organic Farm Food Sovereignty Conference

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009

One of our most favorite organizations, Ma`o Organic Farm, is organizing what will prove to be an incredible conference on food sovereignty over the weekend of June 12-13, 2009.

Here is a link to the schedule.

t is the first in a series of conferences with a focus on bringing youth together around these important issues, on several islands.

The conference is called ‘Āina Ho‘ōla o Ma‘ilikukahi and here is an excerpt from the Call to Action Narrative on the conference website:

“As evident by the global economic and climate crises, and in the socioeconomic conditions of our communities, there is a desperate need to take action in ensuring our island‘s movement towards self-sufficiency which calls upon ‘aina based action and kuleana based purpose. The ‘āina, as taught in the story of Hāloa, is that which feeds us, its younger sibling. The reciprocal responsibility then for kanaka is to return the favor. Here on O‘ahu, we have been overwhelmed with the pressures of a globalized food system that disconnects us from the ‘āina, maintains social and environmental injustice, and blocks our ability to feed ourselves. It is time for ‘āina reinvigoration and kanaka action.”

We’re just spreading the word. We thank Ma`o Organic Farm and the conference organizers for their leadership. If you can’t make it to the conference but would like to support their efforts, they are a non-profit and you can support them via website with donation or help on their monthly service days.