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Happy New Year and a White Christmas video from Hawaii!

Last blog, just before Christmas, I had a snapshot of snow-capped Mauna Kea, in the northern part of the Big Island.  For Christmas, I went down to my new land at South Point, and it was a glorious, clear day with a full view of snow-capped Mauna Loa!  If you recall from last post, Mauna Loa, which means “long mountain”, is the largest cubic volume mountain in the world.  It is nearly 14,000 feet high, and still considered an active volcano.  Fortunately, my land is in Lava Zone 6, where it is highly unlikely to be affected by a lava flow.

I hope you have some amazing plans for 2018.  I’m planning to build on my land, and then have a Nutrition Grown(TM) orchard and garden, of course. Plus some horses!

Blessings for an awesome, dream-fulfilling year!  Dr. Jana

You’re invited to the 9th Annual Kona Coffee Farmers Expo

Come to the Kona Coffee Farmers Expo this year to hear special guest speakers, see displays of various resources, and talk story about technical issues.  It is being held at the Old Airport Pavilion in Kailua-Kona on Friday, March 18, 2016, from 10am-4pm.  Beyond Organic Consulting will have a free prize drawing and show specials.  Hope to see you there!

Beautiful coffee flowers turn into...

Beautiful coffee flowers turn into…

...loads of coffee cherries!

…loads of coffee cherries!

Dr. Jana Bogs at the Kona Coffee Expo 2015

Dr. Jana Bogs at the Kona Coffee Expo 2015

Going Nuts for the Holidays! Fun event in Kona!

Patterned after the Avocado and Mango Festivals, Going Nuts for the Holidays! promises fun for all!  This FREE event is being held at the Keauhou Sheraton Convention Center.  Dr. Bogs has been invited to speak on Keeping the Culture in Agriculture, and sign her books in the Authors’ Corner.  Mark your calendar!  A hui hou!

(By the way, if you haven’t figured it out, that’s a mac nut and a coconut partying on the poster.) Going Nuts flyer

Nutrition Grown Farmland Closes Escrow

It’s a stunning 20 acres of deep soil in North Kohala, on the Big Island of Hawai`i.  Long-fallowed in grass, this land will soon be growing Beyond Organic, nutrient-rich produce.  With a full ocean and Maui view (look closely in the photo–Maui is somewhat hidden in clouds), the land is true joy to behold!

Nutrition Grown Farm in Hawai`i

Nutrition Grown Farm in Hawai`i

Big Island Avocado Festival and a Visit with the Mayor

Aloha All,  My good friend, Dr. Randyl Rupar, is the driving force behind the wonderful Avocado Festival each year.  This Saturday, February 21, will be the 9th Annual festival, which features live music, a myriad of vendor booths, and, of course, lots and lots of avocados!  Avocados are incorporated into interesting and delicious dishes, some of which will be entered in contests and given out as free samples.  This is a free event for the public to attend and located on the magnificent, historic grounds of the Sheraton Kona Resort overlooking lovely Keauhou Bay.  Please come!  For more info, visit www.AvocadoFestival.org.

This festival is a huge amount of work for Randyl, and he and I visited the mayor of the Big Island, Billy Kenoi, on February 10 to ask for his blessing and support of this amazing event.   Mayor Kenoi received us very warmly.  I was pleased to be able to also share my vision of Beyond Organic agriculture with him and his staff.  My concepts were well received, and he thanked both Randyl and me for the work we do.  In turn, we thanked the Mayor for his help in keeping GMOs off of our island and stopping the incinerator project, which supports the return of green waste to our soil through composting and mulch instead of burning it.

Avocado Festival Flyer 2015

Kohala Chapter of Hawaii Farmers Union United Established and Working

Here’s a sneak preview of an article I submitted to the Kohala Mountain News.  You heard it here first!

Kohala has recently formed a chapter of the National Farmers Union, an organization established in 1902 to unite farmers and others interested in food in cooperative efforts of education and legislation.

The National Farmers Union mission is to advocate for the economic and social well-being, and quality of life of family farmers, ranchers, fishermen and consumers and their communities through education, cooperation and legislation. National Farmers Union advocates sustainable production of food, fiber, feed and fuel.  The Vision of the National Farmers Union is to continue to be the respected, influential and independent national voice and coalition leader that bridges family producers and consumers on behalf of a vibrant and growing grassroots membership.  See more at: http://nfu.org .  Follow the drop-down tabs to get to the Hawaii section.

Our local chapter joins seven other chapters in Hawaii, falling under the umbrella of the Hawaii Farmers Union United.

On December 9th, elections were held and a board established.  Dash Kuhr is serving as president, Nate Hayward as vice president, Jim Land as secretary, and Andrea Clipson as treasurer.  Other board members include Clarence A. “Cab” Baber, Gail Byrne Baber, Jana Bogs, and Peter deVries.

Cab Baber with Senator Thielen and her hempcrete building block

Cab Baber with Senator Thielen and her hempcrete building block

Our board has been busy attending influential, legislation-related events on Oahu and the Big Island.  Some items on the legislative agendas include industrial hemp production, an on-farm mentoring bill, direct farm to school food sales, legalizing cottage industry sales (items made in home kitchens), and cow share and raw milk legalization.  Our board members found our elected legislators very interested in the needs of small farmers.

Our last meeting, on January 8th, hosted Ed Boteilho Jr. of Cloverleaf Dairy here in Hawi.   After his family’s more than 50 years of milk production, he is forced to sell due to price controls by Meadow Gold, Hawaii’s only milk processor.  Boteilho is hoping that Ulupono, a Hawaii-based investment company, will take over operations.

To address concerns about the dairy expressed by some of our members, the Kohala HFUU passed a resolution which recognized Mr. Boteilho’s history of avoiding rBST (genetically-engineered hormone injections) and GMO (genetically-modified organism) practices (which are common to the dairy industry) as examples of good management essential for the future sustainability of the ‘aina.  The resolution supports the operation of a local non-GMO dairy in North Kohala; and supports all regenerative practices related to dairy farming and farming in general.

Our Farmers Union chapter meets once a month, at 6pm on the Thursday nearest the new moon at the Kohala Hub in downtown Hawi.  We have a yummy potluck dinner featuring locally-produced foods, interesting speakers, and just plain fun.  Our next meeting will be on Thursday, February 12th at 6pm.  Please come join us!  Our membership goal for 2015 is to have 200 members.  The nearest chapter is in Kona, so we expect to welcome members from the Waimea area too.  Come help us improve our local food production and “Keep Kohala, Kohala” by sharing your mana`o.

“Wheel of Fortune” Rolls Across “Beyond Organic Grass”

Wheel of Fortune ticket 9-2014Wheel of Fortune came to Hawaii this past week.  The Hilton wanted the grounds for the set to look great and called on a turf grower I work with to get some grass.  No pictures were allowed to be taken of the set, but here’s a copy of my ticket I used to see the show (and the grass).  It was fun to see Vanna White and Pat Sajak in person.  The set was impressive and crew member said the grass looked beautiful.  The show that got taped that night will air in February.  The cameras were flying around capturing shots of the audience as well as the main show.  I don’t know if I’ll make it on the final video, but it was certainly fun to be a part of it!

Please join us for a great gardening event at Basically Books in Hilo this Saturday, July 26 at 2pm

061914 Cover with Flavor BEST ONEThree speakers–all about growing great food!

Dr. Bogs covers all aspects of what makes food more nutritious and shows that even foods produced under certified organic systems often have little more nutrition than their conventionally grown counterparts. Throughout the book, Dr. Bogs reveals how our personal health is directly tied to the nutritional value of the food we eat and how that value directly ties to the health of the soil in which the food was grown.

Meet DR. JANA BOGS

Dr. Jana Bogs is a nutritionist turned horticulturist with the aim of growing the best quality food possible, the most nutritious and the best tasting. Jana works as a soil and crop consultant on the island of Hawai ‘i.

Ask the Garden Guy covers science-based answers to questions asked by Hawai‘i’s gardeners – from fruits and vegetables, pests and weeds to plant propagation; from bumpy hibiscus leaves to sour citrus. Learn about growing tea and asparagus, applying organic pest control and controlling slugs and snails safely.

Meet NICK SAKOVICH

Nick Sakovich is Professor Emeritus of Agriculture of the University of California . Nick is a UH Master Gardener, teaches garden classes through UH Continuing Education and writes a weekly gardening column in the Hawaii Tribune Herald.

Plants of Hawai‘i – How to Grow Them explores Hawaii ’s verdant environment, examining both ornamental and food plants. This easy read book contains a description of each plant and its origins, as well as information about propagation, culture, and pest control. The latest edition of this gardening classic includes a new chapter on Integrated Pest Management.

Christine Reed will discuss the recent update to this gardening classic by Fortunato Teho.

FORTUNATO TEHO was Hawaii ’s gardening expert for a quarter century. Through his newspaper columns, radio and television broadcasts, personal appearances, Teho’s influence on home gardening in the islands was unparalleled from the late 1940’s until his death in 1986.

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Beyond Organic Book Hits #1 on Amazon Again

Here’s the screen shot from Amazon–

#1 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Crafts, Hobbies & Home > Gardening & Horticulture > Vegetables

Thanks for your support!   061914 Cover with Flavor BEST ONEAloha