Desiring to create your own little farm with a lifestyle of sustainable living? Anticipate living in Hawaii with a year round growing season. Though, if you think you can come to Hawaii and throw out your packet of seeds…..think again. The Big Island does not have many areas with what is referred to as “deep soil”. Remember, we have one of the world’s most active volcanos. Lava rock is the norm. The way people build their homes or farm on lava rock is to hire large D-9 caterpillars to “rip” the land. This creates the drainage needed to put in your home’s foundation. If you do not rip the ground, you may want to bring your rubber boots! That said, the ground is actually very fertile. Trees, seeds and grass will grow without ripping the ground. In fact, it will become a jungle, if not kept at bay. If the “soil” needs the quality improved upon, one can follow the ancient custom of the Hawaiian people by using Kukui nut to treat less fertile “soil”. (Kukui nuts are called Candle nuts as well, and due to their high oil content these can be burned like candles. Kukui is also used in making the local delicacy“Hawaiian fish poke” (pronounced like po’kay). Lava Zone? Another important aspect to keep in mind is the Lava Zones. While some mortgage lenders will allow loans in lava zone 1 & 2, insurance carriers prefer loans in lava zones 3 or higher. Irrigation? No need to worry about the water bill from the county. Tropical rain storms generally move into the island in late afternoon or evening. Often, nature’s natural watering process occurs during the night. Rarely is there a need… Read More »5 Reasons to Choose Hawaii for Sustainable Living
Interested in trying your hand at “sustainable living” in Hawaii? We have a year long growing “season”. Many homes on the Big Island are situated on that lots are 1-3 acres in size. Even a smaller quarter acre lot can produce an abundance of food. While researching articles on sustainable living , I recently came across this informative site called Fresh Take. “Fresh Take is your weekly roundup of all things related to organic and sustainable living. Join Florida Organic Growers staff and guest experts as we discuss everything you need to know about sustainable living, organic agriculture, and how to make the best lifestyle choices that benefit you and the environment. So if you’re an eco-warrior, a dedicated farmer, or just someone looking to make more conscious decisions, tune in every Friday to get your Fresh Take. Florida Certified Organic Growers and Consumers, Inc. (FOG) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit established in 1987 as a grassroots organization, formed by those who believe in organic, sustainable, and regenerative agriculture. Our vision is to create a more sustainable and just food system that benefits both consumers and the environment.” In Hilo, Hi we also have a local Department of Agriculture at 16 E Lanikaula St. who are very helpful with information on growing in our local environment.