Archive for November, 2008

Hui Garden Rock Wall Raised-bed Project

On Saturday morning (November 29) at Carole Burstein’s home we had a very interesting experience learning how to build a rock wall to contain a raised bed for our Hui garden.

We start with level ground and get out the larger rocks. It is important to have an horizontal surface to avoid water draining off from the plantings.

Folks from the group were willing to share what they learned and one person who couldn’t be there has an interesting proposal for us.

I learned that a rock-wall-raised-bed for a food garden should be high enough to sit on (at least 2 ft.) and only wide enough to be within hands reach from all sides without having to step in the bed. No mortar is used. I still wonder how the top will be made level enough and stable enough to sit comfortably on it.

Finished wall.

I learned something really interesting about how to get rid of white fly, etc. Mix water with a little bit of soap until it becomes very frothy. Put the suds on the leaves/plant and let sit for 30+minutes before rinsing. The suds draw out the moisture from the white fly or scales and they don’t survive. Optional to rinse off 30 minutes later or not.

Every rock has its place, and every place has a rock.

Small rocks are small for a reason. They started out as big rocks but were not strong enough to stay that way.


I would like to build a wind powered water pump for the garden I would use 100% recycled products from Maui
You could use it to run a nice water fall or to flow water through one of those organic fertilizer mixing systems.

For those who were interested in learning more about Emmer (the grain that Carole mentioned wanting to grow), I have attached a file that explains it.

Contact Hui Garden Committee

Next steps:
We now need to fill the bed with composted earth. We would like to recruit folks who have pick-up trucks (we need about 2 yds.) to drive to Maui Earth and Compost near the main landfill. Please let Carole know if you have a vehicle for this purpose.

We also need to meet again as a group and continue or planning process. The date and time will be announced very soon.

Warm regards,
Committee Chair

November 30, 2008 at 11:35 pm 2 comments

Food Security: Bill Moyers Interviews Michael Pollan

Bill Moyers sits down with Michael Pollan, Knight Professor of Journalism at UC Berkeley, to discuss what direction the U.S. should pursue in the often-overlooked question of food policy.


PART II (click here)

Moyers and Pollan discuss:

    Innovative schemes aiming to change the way our nation eats. View Will Allen, of Growing Power, a pioneer in the urban farming movement in action. Find out about what Alice Waters, international-known chef and sustainable farm advocate, is hoping to see on the White House Lawn. And take a virtual visit to one of artist Fritz Haeg’s Edible Estates.
    Find out simple ways that you can change the world one meal at a time.
    Why are America’s food banks suffering shortages? Find out what you can do to help.
    Is it a farm bill or a food bill? What’s behind the debate over American farm policy.

Pollan is author of In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto; The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals; A Plant’s-eye View of the World: A Place Of My Own and advice to the next president in An Open letter to the Farmer in Chief, an important article in the New York Times Magazine.

November 28, 2008 at 10:14 pm Leave a comment

SMS In The Newspapers

(Most recent at the top of the list)
An Edible Education: Maui Weekley, April 16, 209

Letter to the editor: Eat your yard: Maui Weekly, April 9, 2009

SMS Meeting, Connecting Hawai‘i’s Past to a More Sustainable Future: Maui Weekly, April 2, 2009

Upcoming events Tour of ‘edible backyards’ is Saturday: Maui News, April 1, 2009

Harvest at Kihei Elementary School Sampling the fruits of their labor: Maui News, April 10, 2009

Meeting announcement Hawaiian values to be linked with vision of sustainability: Maui News, March 8, 2009

Announcement for film FUEL: Maui Weekly, February 26, 2009

Environmentalists Recommend: ‘Think Global, But Act Local’, Maui Weekly, Thursday, October 16, 2008

Sustainability Meeting to Focus on Conservation, Maui Weekly, Thursday, October 09, 2008

Recycled water wanted, Maui Weekly, Thursday, September 25, 2008

A Sustainable South Maui, Maui Weekly, Thursday, August 21, 2008

November 28, 2008 at 2:16 am

Next Community Meeting: Saturday, December 13

We celebrate the holiday filled month of December with a Locavores (Local Food – food that is grown/produced primarily with local ingredients) “Dinner and a Movie” Potluck. Bring a “local ingredients” dish to share and see an inspiring film – The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil. Bring a beach chair or cushion if you like. Hosts for the evening are Bob and Kelly King, owners of Pacific Biodiesel. Bob, who is Chairperson of the State of Hawaii Environmental Council, will moderate our Q & A after the movie.

This is a “Trash Free” event and we ask that you bring your own plates and utensils so we won’t be using and discarding paper or plastic stuff. Don’t forget to bring serving utensils.

We expect a good turnout so come early to enjoy great locavore food and network on all aspects of sustainability.

Pot Luck starts at 5:30 p.m.
The movie will start about 7:15.

Location: Kihei VFW Hall, 2502 Uluniu Road
one block makai Kihei Road between Lipoa and Waipuilani
(click on map for detail)

November 14, 2008 at 12:19 am 1 comment

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