PAL PAPERS: “Grow your own” – It’s easier than you think

PAL Kaua’i’s mission is to provide sustainable housing and living solutions, within reach, giving hope to the people of Kaua’i.

By now you may know that we are PAL: LIFE At A Permanently Affordable Price – NOT just housing.

We say: it’s housing and much more! Today we’re going to help you with one of your biggest costs of living: FOOD. The three main contributors to these costs are housing, transportation and food. Tomorrow, the fourth Monday in August, we’ll dive deeper into fine dining on our PAL KKCR radio show from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on August 23.

An affordable food source is a crucial part of an affordable lifestyle. We are fortunate to live on The Garden Island, where we can plant, grow and harvest food, flowers, fiber and fuel right here.

With a little time and effort, you can produce delicious fresh herbs and produce them right on your porch or in your garden. It doesn’t take up much space. Reduce your dependence on big box stores and grocery stores, with their long and vulnerable supply chains. Grow some of your essential foods and save money on your food budget.

DID YOU KNOW that during the COVID-19 shutdown, Hawai’i almost ran out of food? About 90% of our food is imported and COVID closures have broken our food supply chains!

For a great documentary on both how scary it was – and still is – for those in the know AND some great news in the second half on how we can eliminate this threat to our food supply, check out this documentary. free, produced by Hawai’i News now on PAL-Kaua’ / Resources.

We are so lucky to have such great people who care and provide advice, guidance, help with seeds, information on soil quality and plant diseases, etc.

You think of “Dig?” (Pun intended) Here are some important local resources. Almost all of them have websites, but they are too long for this column or for you to type. You can find ALL of them and more at PAL-Kaua’ / Resources, or search for them on Google, and please suggest more to [email protected]’

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• Heaven on Earth Begins – Saturdays 9 am-11am at Anaina Hou Farmer’s Market in Kilauea and plant stand in front of Hoku and Papaya’s Natural Foods in Kapa’a;

• Garden ponds nursery in Kilauea: Wednesday to Sunday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. 808-828-6400;

• Ka’apuni Nursery – 5776 Ka’apuni Rd., Kapahi, Tuesday to Saturday, 11 am to 5 pm, 808-645-6303;

• Ancient Spin (Wailua / remote) – vegetable and perennial start-ups and cuttings; Tammy 541-510-9658;

• Malama Kaua’i (Kalihiwai) – sale of plants and free gifts; follow on social networks;

• Rosies Gardening – island-wide plant delivery;

• Papaya’s Natural Foods, 4-901 Kuhio Hwy., Kapa’a 808-823-0190. You can use your EBT cards for 50% off products and points of sale;

• The Da Bux Double Up Food Bucks program offers 50% off bags of fresh produce and poi for all SNAP users. Check as usual for SNAP and they will process your rebate when they process your payment;

• What is allowed (and not): Only grocery-type food products and plants that produce food are eligible for SNAP; only poi and products are eligible for Da Bux. Goods, flowers and ornamental plants are not eligible.

Compost, soil and supplies

• Home Depot (Lihu’e) – potting soil, fertilizer, pots, seeds, irrigation;

• Walmart (Lihu’e) – Pots, fertilizers, supplies and some plants;

• Ace Hardware (Princeville, Kapa’a, Lihu’e, ‘Ele’ele) – potting soil, fertilizer, pots, seeds, irrigation;

• Garden Island Hydro (Lihu’e) – potting soil, fertilizer, pots, seeds, irrigation;

• Kaua’i Paint & Feed (Kilauea) – Hendrikus high performance organic fertilizer;

• Irrigation Kaua’i (Lihu’e) – irrigation systems and supplies;

• Heart & Soul Organics (Moloa’a) – Compost, soil, mulch, etc. Bring a tarp, they will load. 6020 Ko’olau Road. 808-823-1007;

• GEM – Green Earth Matters (Moloa’a) – Commercial / Residential Green Waste Facility (10 cubic yard dump fee). Compost and mulch available for purchase. Collection or delivery. 808-828-1114;

• Kaua’i Nursery and Landscaping (Lihu’e) – 3-1550 Kaumuali’i Hwy. Lihu’e. 808-245-7747;

• Seascapes Nursery (Kilauea) – 4741 Kahiliholo Rd # A, Kilauea. 808-828-0444;

• Wiki Wiki Worm Ranch (Kalaheo) – composting worms, etc. 808-639-2016.

Soil analysis

• A & L Western Laboratories – Soil Analysis Laboratory;

• Analyze your soil: why and how to take a soil test sample.

Information, support

• Ancient Spin – Tammy Davis, consultant (Wailua / remote) – permaculture garden design and sustainable systems; payment or trade. 541-510-9658;

• Help line for the master gardener and plant diagnostic tool;

• “Go Farm” program at KCC – Eric Hansen 808-245-0129;

• Topher’s Go-fors (island-wide) – permaculture garden design, earthworks and installation, transportation, irrigation, tree pruning, garden / landscaping and robotic lawn care services. 808-631-7132;

• Kama’aina Gardens (Kilauea) – Custom designed and assembled garden beds. 808-639-3007.

General resources

• Canoe Plants of Ancient Hawaii – agricultural blessings of the Hawaiian nation;

• Kaua’i Local Food Connector – Where to buy local Kaua’i food, emergency food aid or start your garden;

• Kilauea Ag Park (AHK) has a CSA (community supported agriculture), community garden plots, a program for families to raise two ‘heritage pigs’ (locally adapted breed – they give two piglets to the family to be raised until the time of the “harvest”, one that the family keeps, the other returns to AHK).

If you’d like to dig a little deeper, tomorrow’s guests include James Keach, PhD, coordinator of the Master Gardener program – a volunteer program administered by the Cooperative Extension Service (CES) of the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources at the ‘University of Hawaii (CTAHR). ). They are trained volunteers who help UH provide relevant and environmentally friendly horticultural information, promoting good gardening practices to the public in Kaua’i.

The Master Gardener training program is offered once a year from February to May. It is led by UH professors and local experts, offering 48 hours of training, the equivalent of a college-level introductory horticulture course. The program covers the following:

• Introduction to gardening in Hawai’i;

• Propagation and pruning of plants;

• Soils and Fertilizers, Organic Gardening, Plant Pathology / Disease and Pest Control, Fruits and Vegetables, Tropical Trees, Lei Plants and Flowers, Lawns and Ground Covers, and Native Hawaiian Plants;

• Classes at the Kaua’i Agricultural Research Center in Wailua, or via Zoom. Course fees were $ 200 last year.

Our other guest tomorrow on the PAL-Kaua’i radio show is Meghan Pittsley-Fox from Malama Kaua’i. Founded in 2006, Malama Kaua’i is a 501 (c) 3 community-based non-profit organization that focuses on increasing local food production and access for Kaua’i, with a view to resilience and empowerment. durability. They work to increase the capacity of the community. Some of their many programs:

• Village Harvest – a volunteer-based Kaua’i ‘gleaning program’ that bridges the gap between food waste and food insecurity by collecting leftover crops from personal properties and farms and donating to pantry, youth programs, and home deliveries for home and homeless people. They also distribute and install food trees throughout the community to increase direct access to produce in the future, thus contributing to long-term food security .;

• Kaua’i School Garden Network & Farm to School Hui, established in 2010 and supports all schools, PreK-12, on Kaua’i. They provide financial, technical and volunteer support for school gardens, school sustainability initiatives, and local food in local schools and they offer a curriculum, training, networking opportunities and an e-newsletter filled with resources. They led Kaua’i’s first farm-to-school pilot project to support the creation of model school food programs and culturally appropriate gardens serving the keiki and young Hawaiians.

If you are a teacher or a school principal looking for help with a school garden or a sustainable development project, contact them at 808-828-0685.

• Support to Kaua’i Farmers – Malama Kaua’i has been providing support to Kaua’i farmers for over 15 years, organizing events, workshops and grant programs in direct response to the needs and interests of our people. farmers. They provide tax sponsorship and grant writing / management services for small farming groups in Kaua’i.

Also with us will be our PAL board member, Leilani Spencer, who wears many hats, including as a nutrition education assistant for the University of Hawai’i at Manoa CTAHR, and she offers a 4-6 week series of courses at SNAP- eligible individuals and families called Food and Money Basics that covers information and strategies on how to spend less and eat better, safe food handling and other tips and practical tips to reduce food expenses.

We hope all of this support and long list of resources will inspire you to go out into your backyard and GROW YOURS!

You can find links to almost ALL and more at PAL-Kaua’ / Resources and please suggest more to [email protected]’ And call to contribute or ask questions at 826-7771 – 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. tomorrow.



Jim edmonds, President of PAL (Permanally Affordable Living) Kaua’i, can be contacted at [email protected]’ PAL Kaua’i’s mission is to provide sustainable housing and living solutions, within reach, giving hope to the people of Kaua’i.

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