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Beginnng Agriculture Workshop Series
Hawaiʻi Farmers Union United is thrilled to collaborate with the University of Hawaiʻi Hilo and the Marine and Environmental Research Institute of the Pacific to bring you a series of workshops this summer. The free workshop series will cover a range of topics including Soil Fertility, Agroforestry, Vermiculture & Composting, Aquaculture & Production, and Water Rights. With support from the USDA Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers Program, our goal is to make these workshops accessible to anyone interested in learning about these subjects.
Introduction to Soils and Soil Fertility Management
Wednesday, June 14th - 6pm
Soil is the foundation of all agricultural enterprises. Both establishing and maintaining healthy soil are essential for crop health and production. The presentation will cover: the importance of healthy soil, soil analysis and understanding your soil, and soil amendments and fertility strategies that establish and maintain soil fertility.
About the Presenter
Payton is currently working as a UH Hilo Extension Specialist and has 40 years of experience in the field of agriculture. He has worked as a WOOFER, farm laborer, farm owner and operator, holds a masters’ degree in agriculture science from Cal Poly, SLO, and is a teacher of agricultural science.
HFUU represents and advocates for family farmers and ranchers on all of the Hawaiian Islands. Our members represent: Farm Owners/Operators, Foodies, Ranchers, Gardeners, Perma-culturalists, Cultural practitioners, Landscapers, and Suppliers & Businesses that are part of the local food chain.
HFUU and NFU (National Farmers Union) membership offers educational opportunities for youth and adults at local, state and national levels; an On-Farm Mentoring (FAM) Program in Hawaii, Internship Program in Washington, D.C., and many others.
The HFUU Legislative Committee participates collaboratively with the Policy Committee, coalitions, organizations, and agencies to articulate, promote and work to establish legislation and policies that align with the mission and vision of HFUU.
Blog: Union Statewide News and Updates
Aloha ‘Āina: Thoughts on the 2022 Convention
Aloha ʻāina! The recently concluded Hawaii Farmers Union United convention was, for those of us fortunate enough to attend, pāhoehoe. That is to say, it was a powerful, Aina-driven eruption and also an ultimately smooth flow of energy. Bobby Paia, our generous host, master kalo grower and steward of 850+ agricultural acres in central Maui, embodied…
Possibilities Rather than Claiming Perfection
Wandering through the fenced off garden beds made of upcycled materials and underneath a couple shade and greenhouse structures, there were beds of kalo, luffas, poha berries, squash, herbs and tomatoes. Several members of the East Hawai’i Chapter gathered to tour the regenerative farm and animal sanctuary of Seeger Institute at Eden Farms Hawai‘i (Seegerinstitute.com) on Saturday…
A Passion for Conservation
The heat of the afternoon sun takes a heavy toll when you are out in the field working your kalo.However, it is time well spent knowing you are providing fresh local food for your communityand caring for the land, ecosystems, and the future. Partnering with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), farmers, ranchers, andprivate forest…
Technology is Changing Agriculture, But is It For the Better?
Written by Carrie Spencer of thespencersadventures.net Agriculture has grown in leaps and bounds in the last century or so, owing to fast-moving technology. But of course, whether or not this growth is for the general good of the population and the environment is also a legitimate question. Hawai’i Farmers Union United takes a closer look…
Study: Regenerative farming boosts soil health, yielding more nutritious crops
by Liz Kimbrough, originally printed in Mongabay, News & Inspiration from Nature’s Frontline Researchers compared the nutritional content of the food crops grown using conventional versus regenerative farming practices — those that build the soil by using cover crops, a diverse rotation of crops and minimal tilling Food grown on the regenerative farms contained, on…
WHAT IS REGENERATIVE AGRICULTURE ?
Written by HFUU Member Hank Kline Regenerative agriculture is an advanced method of agriculture that follows the example of nature to grow healthy nutrient dense crops profitably without chemical fertilizers or poisons. It increases plant health and nutrient density, which increases the health of the people that eat these plants. It is also a major…
National Farmers Union Convention 2022 Report
By:Vincent Mina President HFUU/HFUF NFU convention this year was held in the last week of Feb and beginning of March in Denver Colorado. NFU Rocky Mountain chapter was the host state. Reflective of HFUU membership numbers including myself as state president, Hawaii had three delegates on the policy floor debate, that spanned over two days.…
Kaʻū Chapter Spring Update 2022
by Megan Taylor A special thank you to Manadina Farm for opening their doors to Kaʻū Chapter for our monthly meeting the first weekend of April. We had special guest Lisa from Kōkua Harvest inform us about her food basket program. They service the entire island and with a week notice can rescue any fruit…