Category Archives: Farming & Produce

Tractor-versary!

Looking back through some of our old farm pictures reminded us that we dragged our 1940-something red Farmall tractor up onto the rock wall at the entrance to the farm SEVEN YEARS ago! No, we can’t believe it either. The entire event took several hours of pushing, pulling, figuring, refiguring — and several minutes of […]

Challenges of Building an Agriculture-Based Business

Building a brand based on local agriculture in Hawaii is harder than it looks. Building a brand, and building a business, are things we know something about. Scott, our “Big Kahuna”, is an inventor and serial entrepreneur who has had both successes and challenges throughout his long career. Lili, our “Marketing Guru”, has spent most of […]

It’s Baby Duck Season!

At the beginning of May we noticed nests popping up all over our banana patches near the house, which is where our mommy ducks prefer to lay their eggs. We assume it feels very safe. The leaves of the banana trees provide good cover from airborne predators like hawks, and the proximity to the house […]

The Last Time It Rained This Much…

The Last Time It Rained This Much, Noah built himself a boat! (paraphrasing Wilfred Brimley‘s line from Absence of Malice — if you haven’t seen that movie, you really should. But we digress…) This year, February came in like a lamb, and is going out like a very ornery (that is, a very windy, rainy) […]

Garden Update July 2018

The greenhouse is looking amazing these days, if I do say so myself. We’re growing many different types of green leafy vegetables, and these just do so well in the aquaponics system. The roots on them are absolutely amazing, and we can keep harvesting from around the edges of the plants for weeks and weeks. […]

Farmstand renovations are still in the works

We’ve been so busy, and have had so many visitors to the farm stand lately, that we haven’t been able to make much progress on our farm stand expansion and renovation efforts. However, we were VERY fortunate to have been able to finish the majority of the roof replacement efforts before we were hit with […]

Adoriable!

One of our first time mama ducks hatched a single duckling yesterday, at the edge of one of our banana patches, close to where we know there are mongoose hanging out. In our haste to keep the baby safe, we tried to move mama and baby to a protective custody pen, but she was having […]

Protective Custody

  Oh, these mongoose! We’ve had several clutches of ducklings hatch lately, and even our poor matriarch Dee Dee lost a couple of the darling ducklings to the mongoose early yesterday morning. She had five, and then she had three, so we built yet another place to keep the rest of them safe. She wasn’t […]

Banishing Bug Bites!

Purple Bug Band

One of the things about having a farm in the tropics is that we have to deal with all sorts of biting bugs year round, because it never freezes. I’m loathe to use products with Deet in them, so am always on the lookout for products that don’t have Deet in them but that do […]

Deep Roots

In mid-May, I started some okra seeds in our greenhouse, and then when they were large enough to put into the aquaponics system, in they went. I was sort of amazed at how quickly they grew — like weeds! But things got busy, and all during June I totally meant to get them out of […]