January – February 2013

All About ‘Uala (Sweetpotato) @ Puanui (off the Kohala Mountain Road-Meet at Kohala Intergenerational Center
Jan 19 @ 8:30 am – 1:00 pm

Did you know that the Kohala Dryland Field System was once one of the keys to Kohala’s food security? Native Hawaiians grew tons of ‘uala (sweetpotato) in the Kohala Field System. There used to be over 200 varieties of sweetpotato, today there are about 20. Come take advantage of this opportunity to learn from the ‘uala experts—Kehaulani Marshall and Ala Lindsey—about this amazing Hawaiian agricultural system. Includes ‘uala variety tasting and cuttings to take home.

Free, but advance registration required.  Please click here to register, or call Karla at 808-224-1404.

Meet at Kohala Intergenerational Center at 8:30 am sharp to carpool to Puanui.


The Sustainable Saturdays Series is co-sponsored with Sustainable Kohala

Loving Local Foods – Making Rockin’ Rolls @ Kohala Elementary School Discovery Garden
Jan 26 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

PeterWe’re loving local foods at the Kohala Elementary School Discovery Garden! Bring the keiki and join in an ongoing a series of cooking classes at the garden. This month, learn how to make expert sushi rolls with local ingredients. Guest chef from Sushi Rock Hawi. Wear your garden clothes and help out in the garden…sushi rolls and local foods to follow!


The Sustainable Saturdays Series is co-sponsored with Sustainable Kohala

Home Gardening – Making Great Compost @ Kohala Senior Center
Jan 26 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

The North Kohala Eat Locally Grown Campaign is hosting quarterly “Home Gardening” workshops. This month we are focusing on compost and learning how to feed our gardens right. Taught by Ben Nicholson of Sage Farms.

Tell us what you’d like learn about…and if you’d like to host an event at your home!



The Sustainable Saturdays Series is co-sponsored with Sustainable Kohala

Farm-to-Fork Tour #1: Lokahi Farms, Palili ‘O Kohala & Sage Farms @ Ho'ea Road, Hawi
Feb 2 @ 8:30 am – 12:30 pm

paliliokohala2-445x273Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to tour three unique farms and discover what it means to eat local in Hawi:

Lokahi Farm is a working organic farm and tropical botanical garden. Our hosts Richard Liebmann and Natalie Young will share how they incorporate farming with their healing philosophy.

Palili ‘O Kohala is a Natural Farming Model Farm that aims to serve and inspire a new generation of families in Kohala.  This ten family cooperative is primarily focused on growing taro using Korean Natural Farming to increase yields.

Sage Farms is a 5-acre Certified Organic family farm.  Learn how long time farmers Fara Boisvert and Ben Nicholson make organic farming in Kohala profitable and efficient.

 The tour will meet at Lokahi Farm at 8:30 am.  A $10 fee will be collected on the day of the tour.  Please kokua and register here.


The Sustainable Saturdays Series is co-sponsored with Sustainable Kohala

Home Gardening – Seed Saving @ Wishing Well (the old chicken farm), 55-230 Ho'ea Rd.
Feb 16 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

LynWhether your goal is to preserve an heirloom variety or to simply become more self-sufficient, seed saving is an important part of sustainable gardening.  At this workshop, Lyn Howe and Travis Dodson will share the history and science behind seed production and teach us how to  successfully save and store seeds from our gardens.

Lyn Howe has been a gardener, small farmer, herbalist and seed saver for many years. Over the past 11 years, she and her husband have developed a small, sustainable eco-farm in the Puna district. Together they developed the “Know Your Farmer Alliance” and for many years organized annual seed exchanges on the Hawaii Island’s East Side. Lyn is presently Program Coordinator for the Hawai‘i Public Seed Initiative which has partnered with The Kohala Center, the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa Extension Service and Ceres Trust to bring seed saving workshops to all five of the Hawaiian islands.

Travis Dodson has been working with the ‘aina since he stepped off a metal bird and onto the Island a few years ago. Dedicated to abundant edible landscapes and easy access to food, he sees saving seed as the first step. Through teaching with HIP Agriculture and working under many farmer mentors, he has accumulated through hard work and experience a knowledge base valuable to anyone wanting to grow food in North Kohala.

Pre-registration is encouraged for this event.  Please click here to register.

This Sustainable Saturdays Series is Co-Sponsored with Sustainable Kohala