Back in the 1940s, progressive and futuristic farmers were aware of the big mistakes farmers and ranchers had made in the earlier days causing lands to deteriorate. Today, we are still trying to improve our relationship with the environment Terms like sustainable agriculture, integrated pest management, organic farming and permaculture are used by folks concerned about minimizing our negative impact on the planet. We now focus on minimizing our carbon footprint as we experience the effects of global warming.
As fall nesting season returns, home décor retailers are presenting collections that reflect the idea that home is where our hearts and heads are.
A cattle egret perches on top of a Norfolk Island Pine in Hualalai Colony in Kona. The Hawaii Board of Agriculture and Forestry introduced cattle egrets to Hawaii in 1959 to help cattle ranchers manage flies. Today, cattle egrets are considered invasive because they eat eggs from nests of native birds. (Elizabeth Weintraub/Community contributor)
Learn recipes for locally grown and sustainable foods at AARP Hawaii’s popular Fast, Healthy and Ono cooking webinars with Windward Community College and ‘Uala Leaf Café Chef Daniel Swift.
Fall ushers in a different kind of cooking for many home cooks. When the weather gets cooler, we’re happy to trade cooking outside on the grill for baking, roasting or sauteing dinner on the stovetop.
Coca, opium, marijuana and hundreds of other plants used to alter our perceived reality are nothing new to earlier cultures and civilizations. We often think of mood altering drugs with trepidation but they have been part of the human condition for thousands of years. Marijuana, opium poppies and coca leaf have been used as were certain mushrooms and even the sap of the angel trumpet tree. As in the case of the angel trumpet, it can be also very poisonous so only the shamans of South and Central America might be trusted with its use. Many of the substances derived from these plants are now illegal in some countries due to the possibility of dangerous misuse. In the case of angel trumpet sap, it can easily kill you if ingested. Others are so much a part of our culture that we hardly give them second thought. These include coffee, tea and chocolate.
When Carolyn Witcover and Debbie Coke bought the lease on a ramshackle coffee farm in South Kona, they knew they had some work to do. Though they were prepared for a steep learning curve and months of hard labor, they were determined to make their farm productive and try to find pleasure in the process.