A recent look at the plots of AgPro cohort at Waimanalo
As if beginning a 10 week CSA isn't enough to keep them busy, AgPro students planting a group sweet corn plot today and as a part of their Agroforestry module, visiting Frankie's Nursery in Waimanalo and planting trees around agpro plot area!
Small-kine research happening at our Windward program, facilitated by having multiple students grow at the same time. See notes and results below and note that taste was not evaluated:
We just completed a field trial of 17 napa cabbage (won bok) varieties with the AgPro Cohort 7 group. For AgIncubatees, there may be a window to grow a succession or two now before it gets too hot.
I am including the spreadsheet in which we took some minor field notes and came away with some winners and losers. I would definitely plant the 7 varieties highlighted in yellow again - and make additional observations about how they perform other times of the year.
Week 3: We've got seeds in the ground! We started our second round of greenhouse seedlings, our first round of direct seeded crops, and got the irrigation set up. Busy day! We're on our way! Aloha, DK
Saturday Week 3 of AgSchool on the NorthShore was full of excitement. It was a beautiful day from the start and we began by reviewing our soil test and amendment plan. We did some early morning math on the whiteboard converting acres, to feet, to beds oh my! Once we had the numbers we needed we hit the field armed with buckets, scales and lots of amazing and smelly ingredients. All 12 student plots were amended and beds built.
We also planted many of our communal crops including tomato, cucumber, kale, Asian greens, and eggplant! It was good to use the communal area to discuss and practice planting techniques, weeding, and installing drip irrigation.
After our group activities we greatly appreciated retreating to the shade to enjoy some food, lots of water, and some good discussion about our North Shore community and Farmers Markets.
The highlight of the day for me was the energy level after lunch and everyone's desire to go back to the field and set up irrigation for student plots. We ran our main irrigation line and cut drip tape to fit our beds.
At the end of the day we had a seed exchange and the students received their first round of direct seed crops to be planted this week! Excitement and energy remain at a high level and this group is ready to grow some amazing food.
Windward AgPro cohort 7... Beginning harvest for their 10 week CSA this coming week!
#GoFarmTKC The first cohort of AgSchool @TKC turned their hands to the soil this past weekend. The day started with a group photo on their first day at the farm, followed by a fun(ny) egg drop team building challenge (both teams' designs succeeded, no eggs were broken from the 14' fall), and then on to the task of the day... get our first round of greenhouse seedlings started. Lots of smiles, laughter, and stoke!! -DK
What a fun-looking cohort of students -- our first at GoFarm Hawai`i @ The Kohala Center. AgSchool launched this past weekend. Students are shown in front of the newly-mowed field where they each maintain their own small plot to apply the lessons learned and grow their own veggies. Exciting!
Great turnout last week at AgCurious on Kaua'i. Graduate Eric Shewchuk spoke passionately about how GoFarm Hawai`i has helped feed his family of five on his family farm in Anahola; Veteran farmer Jerry Ornellas talked about the "real deal" of farming and agriculture; Bryna Rose ʻOliko Storch from Lanipo Farms spoke about being a young commerical farmer and how she was able to use different government programs to develop her farm; FSA informed attendees about Federal farm loans; Jennifer Scotti of Kauaʻi Soil Water Conservation District talked about the technical assistance they provide; Jenna Dunn talked about services of the NRCS; and, Veteran farmer Joseph Dunsmoore shared some manaʻo about his over-35-year adventure in organic agriculture production in Hawaii, South America, and his recent endeavors farming in Europe.
Great turn out. Lots of action to come in 2017 from Kaua'i!
Also, photos my presentation up Mauka this weekend in Koke'e for the 'Aha 'Aina conference presented by H.A.P.A.
For all of you hoping to get into the GoFarm Hawai`i program on O'ahu, dates have just been set.
@Windward, Cohort 8
The GoFarm Hawai'i team..