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Farmacy Grows Healing Plants

Doug and Genna Wolkon, along with business partner Aaron Moeller, own and operate Kauai Farmacy, a quarter-acre herbal tea farm in Kilauea. Medicinal plants are grown with eco-friendly methods, such as neem spray and plant diversity for natural pest control, and biochar in soil amendments. Kauai Farmacy blends mamaki leaves into its House Blend, Energy […]

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Cauliflower Power For The Body

Brad and Amy Smith grow exotic fruit on 30 acres, as well as vegetables on a quarter-acre in Moloaa. Brad has farmed since 1999, and the couple has farmed together for the last eight years. What’s growing: Asparagus, avocados, atamoya, beets, carrots, chicu, cilantro, cream apple, jack-fruit, kale, lettuce, longan, lychee, mangosteen, onions (bulbing), rambutan, […]

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Growing Your Own Healthy Food

If you read this week’s “Tastes of Kauai” column, you’ll know that my husband Dan and I are on a quest to lose weight and reclaim our health. During the holiday season, we quit smoking, went on a juice cleanse and put in a garden. Gardening is a wonderful way to get exercise and save […]

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Sharing Your Garden’s Abundance

Garden Shares across the country seek to end hunger by sharing extras from home gardens while strengthening food security and community. The concept is simple: Bring something you have, take something you do not. Members (signing up is free) trade homegrown fruit, vegetables, eggs, herbs, honey, flowers, seedlings, plants and seeds. If a garden isn’t […]

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Learning To Be A Farmer At KCC

“Hawaii is deeply embedded in a global food system that relies heavily on cheap energy and oil for transportation. This won’t last. We need to start focusing on community food systems for long-term sustainability,” says Kathryn O’Brien, a sustainable agriculture instructor at Kauai Community College. “The state government knows this and is supporting a local […]

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Aromatic, Flavorful Curry Leaves

Wootens Produce of Kauai is celebrating its 18th year of farming on the island. John Wooten’s farming practices are based on what he learned more than 50 years ago when he read Robert Rodale’s Organic Farming and Gardening magazine. What’s growing: Avocados, arugula, atamoya, bananas, basil, beets, bok choy, breadfruit, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, celery, chard, […]

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Eureka! Perky Pink Lemons

Thirty-five years ago, Lelan Nishek started Kauai Nursery & Landscaping (KN&L). Since then, the one-man operation has grown into a 150-acre property with close to 80 employees, including three of Nishek’s brothers, their families and his daughter Sandy. KN&L citrus varieties: Kauai Nursery & Landscaping sells citrus varieties that are adapted to Hawaiian conditions. All […]

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A Few Foodie Farm-fresh Faves

Just as I’m writing about our top five restaurant picks in this week’s “Tastes of Kauai” column, I’d like to share our top farm freshies here. The only problem is, I can’t settle on just five. Since my husband, Dan, and I contributed our first article to this column for the June 2, 2011, issue […]

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A Sweet Harvest In Kapahi

George Mukai’s gardens meander through his residential property in Kapahi. At 85 years old, he can still climb 25-foot ladders to harvest fruit and cut thick stalks of sugarcane. What’s growing: Asparagus, apple bananas, avocado, breadfruit, flowers, Hawaiian chili pepper, honey tangerine, lilikoi, lychee, macadamia nut, mango, mulberry, noni, Okinawan spinach, oriental squash, papaya, pomelo, […]

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Spicing Up Holidays With Mace

Husband-and-wife team Rich Waxman and Cathy Moratto grow spices, vegetables and exotic fruit on three acres in Kalaheo. What’s growing: Avocado, apple banana, celery, cherry tomatoes, clove, durian, figs, Hawaiian chili peppers, kale, lemongrass, lettuce, lima bean, mace, mamey sapote, mangosteen, Meyer lemon, nutmeg, onions, passion fruit, papaya, pomegranate, sage, star fruit, Swiss chard, vanilla. […]