LEAF Project is participating with the UH Ag Incubator Program (AIP) at the University of Hawaii. The AIP offers new farmers consultation and business guidance and expertise. This is a wonderful blessing as LEAF begins to develop its first farm model in cooperation with the Honolulu Community Action Program on 2 acres of lush land in beautiful Waimanalo.
Things are looking up for LEAF in partnership with HCAP, Honolulu Community Action Program, to develop a 2-acre ag parcel in Waimanalo. The day before Thanksgiving, HCAP’s
executive team members, and LEAF Executive director,and permaculture specialist met together to do a site assessment of the property. Another LEAF project consultant, Ray Christopher, was on hand to give valuable advice on farming this land. The site assessment now gives us a clearer and broader perspective how to proceed best for cultivating, both our partnership, and the aina.
This was indeed a day fit for celebrating thanksgiving as LEAF moves closer to creating another healthy food system in beautiful God’s country, ‘take me home’ Waimanalo. Currently we are working together, laulima, to create a Memorandum of Understanding, (MOU) that will establish our formal commitment on this wonderful project.
This was a blessing to offer this healthy fresh meal to the wonderful folks at IHS. Connie Mitchell , Executive Director at IHS said it best, “I am so grateful to Laulima Ecofriendly Alliance of Farms (LEAF) for helping our IHS Meal Program staff serve up an onolicious all-local vegetarian lunch for our two homeless shelters today. Fabulous Cheese Broccoli Quiche, local greens doused in a lovely homemade dressing, fresh baked whole wheat rolls and a papaya crunch dessert that would knock your rubber zoris off! A minty ginger ice tea was a great cooler for a very hot day. How blessed we were for the loving hearts and hands that created a wonderfully healthy, impressively tasty and faithfully local grown meal. Mahalo nui loa to Down To Earth, Poamoho Organic and Ho Farm who supplied most of the fresh produce for the meal and Govinda’s for allowing use of your kitchen. The gastronomical experience inspired us to consider serving a local vegetarian meal at least once a month, resources permitting. Another seed has been planted!” LEAF is looking forward to taking up this inspired challenge to provide a vegetarian meal on a monthly basis . If you want to help with a donation or to volunteer, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, Mahalo nui loa!
Ashley is LEAF’s new garden assistant. She ensures there is always new seedling production at the seedling staging area, cleans any rubbish that blows in, harvests the continuous bounty of edibles, and replants new ones. She also keeps a supply of home garden gift kits onhand to offer any interested families and individuals as they transition into new housing. The seedling staging area was designed by Gordon, complete with shelves that hold enough seedlings to provide for both the edible ground landscape and vertical walls. Gordon created a very nice watering system for the seedlings, just like you see in the produce section of the grocery store, which sprays a fine mist set on a timer. He and his assistant, Jozer, recently installed an above ground sprinkler in the cage garden, which will save on water usage. He plans to extend that to the entire ground area. Gordon is da man!