We’re pleased to announce our fall lineup of classes and farm tours! The program will run from October 30 to December 14 with classes on Wednesdays from 6-8pm at Laupāhoehoe Community Public Charter School and free farm tours on Saturdays from 9am – noon at local farms. Materials fee for classes is $10 or $5 for students/seniors (60+). Farm tours are free!

Building with Bamboo in the Garden with Bobby Grimes
Wednesday, October 30 6pm – 8pm
Learn to split bamboo and make a bamboo wall, trellis system and bamboo stakes. Learn how to harvest, cure, cut and build a small fence. Explore bamboo species and how they can be used for food, fuel, building materials and many other uses.

Soils of Hāmākua with Dr. Jonathan Deenik
Wednesday, November 6 *5:30pm – 7:30pm*
The soils of the Hāmākua Coast are unique in their physical, chemical and biological properties. This presentation will highlight some of the extraordinary properties of these soils, provide an exciting glimpse into the science of soils, explain key water and nutrient relationships, and expose different soil management strategies for sustainable crop production.

A Diverse Approach to Beekeeping in Hawai‘i with Jenny Bach
Wednesday, November 13 6pm – 8pm
A few years ago, Hawai‘i was a honeybee heaven. With the arrival of 2 major honeybee pests, beekeeping changed forever. This presentation will cover the natural and organic beekeeping practices that support honeybees for years to come.

Saving and Selecting Seeds with Dr. Russell Nagata
*Monday, November 18* 6pm – 8pm
The fundamentals of seed saving and selecting in support of being seed independent will be presented. Basic botany of plants and seed biology will be referenced to how they affect your seed production goals. Parameters essential in maintaining a variety’s identity such as how many plants to save from, isolation distance and other topics will be covered. Examples of specific methods to control pollen flow will be provided.

Ethnobotanical Crops from Peru with John Mood
*Monday, November 25*6pm – 8pm
Learn about potential crops for Hawai‘i from Peru based on recent experience growing them on the Hāmākua coast. The presentation will be followed by an open question period on any tropical tree crop subject the audience might have.

Raise Pigs and Chickens with No Smell; Grow Nutrient-Dense Food with Drake Weinert
Wednesday, December 4 6pm – 8pm
Microbes, tiny bits of life, are the key to natural farming. By carefully constructing a simple pig or chicken pen and introducing the right microbes, all the waste is digested right on the floor eliminating any odor, flies, or need for cleaning. Microbes also contribute to plant growth by virtually extending roots thousands of miles to get hard to reach nutrients and put them in the food you eat. Let the microbes help you grow naturally better food for your family.

Whole Systems Design: An Introduction to Permaculture Design Methods with Tracy Matfin
Wednesday, December 11 6pm – 8pm
Bring your questions, excitement and ideas about areas on land you steward that you would like to re-create. This class introduces basic principles used in permaculture design. We will complete several exercises to get you started. If you don’t have anything to work on right now, no problem, these skills may be used another day. Information about a sample design will be available for those without a current situation.


Saturday, November 16 9am – noon
Jenny Bach: Bee Love Sanctuary, Pāpa‘aloa

Saturday, November 30 9am – noon
Keali‘i Lilly: Hawai‘i Community College, Hilo

Saturday, December 7
John Mood: Ninole Orchard

Saturday, December 14 9am – noon
Kyle Studer: Pa‘auilo Forest Farms
Permaculture for Production Farms

4 thoughts on “SCHEDULE FALL 2013

  1. Growing food production for local consumption on the Hamakua Coast is very valuable. Two publications that are relevant for stakeholders to read:

    Hawai’i County Food Self-Sufficiency Baseline 2012 – Prepared by UH-Hilo Geography and Environmental Studies Department, Jeffrey Melrose MURP and Donna Delparte PhD

    Hawai’i Island Farmer’s Guide To Accessing Local Markets – Prepared by Craig Elevitch, Nicole Milne and Jim Cain

    I think these classes offered by Practical Agriculture for Hamakua are outstanding. Mahalo!

  2. John Mood’s presentation on Peach Palm was amazing. Can’t wait for the farm tour on Saturday. It will be my 3rd visit. Each time is an education.

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