Maui Growing Local: Ideas and Action Steps

June 3, 2010 at 10:50 pm 1 comment


Group 1 Regional Composting

  1. Develop legislation requiring that all green waste go to composing sites (This has been in process for the past 10 years)
    1. Meet with county council members
    2. Educate the public
  2. Multiple Transfer Sites, rather than multiple composting sites
    1. Feasibility study
    2. Meet with county council members
    3. Locate sites and purchase large containers to hold the green waste
  3. Education
    1. Experts in composting to speak at schools
    2. PSAs and educational materials for the public
    3. Composting website

Group 2: Replenishing Soils

  1. Increase organic matter
    1. Education – Community gardenwork, UH, Farmbureau and Union, Consumers to pay more for local and organic, educate farmers about grants for change (Using cover crops) HRCS, WSARE
    2. Help with grant writing
    3. Build biochar plant
  2. Government planning and tax breaks
    1. Tax incentive for replenishing soil get farm bureau to make presentation to council
    2. Ag rate for water
    3. % of dedicated remediated land
  3. Prevent erosion
    1. NRSC program
    2. Education
  4. Amendments (rock powder and lime)
    1. Collaborate with local suppliers
    2. Growing/buying co-op

Group 3 Edible Landscapes

  1. Create a Planting Guide Resource (virtual and physical)
    1. create a committee
    2. have work-shops/tours
    3. identify resources
    4. create local edible landscape guide book
    5. connect with Maui Food Web online network
    6. create regional resource centers/meet-ups for education, model and seed swap
  2. Plant Share/Neighbor Swap
    1. Contact school/ churches to identify and organize grower swaps (e.g.~PTA meeting)
    2. Coordinate with farmerʼs markets and other events to schedule swaps.
    3. HOA’s coordinate neighborhood swaps
  3. Garden Kits -Suggest to plant oʼo~native hawaiian plant that is useful as a planting tool
    1. Coordinate bulk group purchases
    2. Acquire funding via grants (Tamara/Susan)
    3. Research current kits

Group 4 PROTECTION AGAINST INVASIVE SPECIES

  1. Upgrade harbor / inspection facilities
  2. U.H. to develop high-tech controls
  3. Community involvement to identify the species and help to implement controls
  4. School education / community awareness
  5. “Got Local” type initiatives, support local nurseries
  6. More stringent inspection / enforcement / penalties
  7. Restore funding which has been recently cut; possibly restructure G.E. or food tax to fund
  8. Re frame: use public relations to promote protection, as in “it’s a health issue”
  9. Use weed-risk assessments for new plants / crops / biofuels
  10. Mitigate/ change liability issues as in deer eradication: allow hunting
  11. Form collaboratives: schools, council, state government, etc.

Group 5: Native Hardwood Restoration

  1. Large and small scale propagation by comunities and individuals.
    1. Sustainability groups propagate native hardwoods-refer to LHWRP techniques
    2. Encourage schools to plant one tree, per child, per year
    3. Add to South West Maui Watershed Project agenda
  2. Locate funding for current and future projects created by LHWRP, DLNR, schools.
    1. Research stimulus money opportunities
    2. Research the Clean Water Act regarding the health of the reef
    3. Contact Earth Foundation
  3. Cultural Involvement
    1. Engage cultural practitioners
    2. Research historical references

Group 6 Fair Allocation of Water Resources

  1. Provide public educational forums to educate about water issues
    1. Create a group or a partnership of groups to organize the forums
    2. Create a system to make the public aware of dates, times and locations when decision-making will be happening
    3. Use water bills and/or yearly water report to send out notices and/or information about water issues
  2. Support water self-reliance for citizens by promoting various forms of home/business water catchment
    1. Identify present or proposed water policies that support catchment, greywater use, home reservoirs and other water self-sufficiency techniques
    2. Educate public about present or proposed water policies concerning ‘catchment’ through public forums
    3. Educate public about techniques to be water self-reliant
  3. Create infrastructure in Maui County to use R1 water
    1. Have a public forum with experts who could describe what it would take to make R1 water usable and available
    2. Support the DIRE Coalition which has detailed ideas on how to use R1 water and end the use of injection wells
  4. Support the restoration of stream flow
    1. Attend the hearing on May 26 of the State Water Use Council
    2. Highlight and support proposed policies that support restoration of stream flow
    3. Form a group to apply for a grant to study the cost/benefit analysis of stream flow restoration vs other options

Group 7 Construction Grade Bamboo

  1. Certify bamboo by the ICC-rated structural
    1. Must pass degree of testing to comply
    2. Takes time
    3. several years
    4. Need money
  2. University accredited testing lab
    1. Professor Carson is a good contact person
    2. Getting the lab approved by IAS ($100k)
    3. Getting the head of the lab to support construction grade bamboo
    4. Use alternative/already accredited University labs
    5. Test 5 species
  3. Needs a UL listing for safety and performance for commercial construction
    1. Needs to pass rigorous amount of testing , numerous times
  4. Write grants to pay for research, testing, etc.
    1. Find any and all grant opportunities

Group 8 Hemp

  1. First Step
    1. Research Hemp Farming: political solutions, industrial uses, financial impacts
    2. Gather existing research and data from U.S, Canada, Europe
    3. Get studies done by high-profile institutions like the University of Hawai’i
    4. Identify all existing hemp products
    5. Setup website or facebook page for exploring how to make hemp farming legal on Maui and in Hawai’i.
  2. Second Step
    1. Identify local opposition and local support – invite all stakeholders to the table for discussion and finding solutions.
    2. Conduct an Island specific study of impacts, problems, financial costs and savings, and benefits.
  3. Third Step
    1. Polling and Marketing: Maui news poll shows 70% pro industrial hem farming and industry, 80% pro medical marijuana.
    2. Partner with existing agricultural companies to promote and learn hemp farming and manufacturing
  4. Fourth Step
    1. Make the State and federal legislation to legalize hemp farming and manufacturing.

Group 9 Government Incentives

  1. Find incentives to acquire land and preserve it for ag/farming
    1. Form small group to gather information from stakeholders
    2. Take info/proposal to committee of stakeholders
    3. Identify “land candidates” and incentives necessary to make it work (i.e. zoning changes, water rights)

Group 10 Restoring Coastal Fishponds

  1. Utilize freshwater ponds and Reservoirs
    1. Inventory existing ponds, reservoirs and their water sources.
    2. Prioritize most likely ponds to use.
    3. Stock ‘em pono.
  2. Encourage menehune action
    1. Just do it!
  3. Localize fisheries management
    1. Amend laws
    2. Community will (responsibility)
    3. Community makes action plan
  4. Educational component
    1. Support and attend Statewide Fishpond Association (meeting on Molokai this summer?)
    2. Include in community plans
    3. Public awareness
    4. Begins at home

Group 11 Aquaponics

  1. Workshops – Breakdown the workshops into different sections :
    1. 101 Overview of Aquaponics: Informational -include safety of fish-address issue of creating our own local food source for fish
    2. 102 How to build a system: actually do it in a chosen site -Find place to have workshop #2 potential site, Temple of peace 5755 Haiku road
    3. 103 Commercial Aquaponics: create a way for creative work fund
    4. *Tours can be included at all levels of these workshops
    5. Workshops promoted through SMS, WMS, US and SLIM
    6. Get Bob, Mike, & Nick as trainers
    7. Pay them with a workshop fee
    8. Develop Web page on Sustainability Group web sites to promote workshops as well as inform the public about Aquaponics
  2. CERTIFICATION
    1. Certified Organic build system and get it certified organic
    2. Accredited professionals – create guild or association that furthers the mission of Aquaponics as a viable method of farming. The Guild would share common values, ethics, resources, etc.,
    3. Could be done within Maui College/UH system with Bob’s help, part of extension services
  3. TOURS
    1. Nick’s Aquaponics farm
    2. Mike to provide Slideshow of Aquaponics happening on Big Island
    3. Use Sustainability Groups to coordinate efforts.

Group #12 School and Community Gardens

  1. Education
    1. Sustainability Fair
    2. Keiki Garden Festival
    3. Classes at Temple of Peace
    4. Garden Tools
    5. Farm to School Symposium
  2. Collaboration
    1. Continue “Today”
    2. Form non-profit group
    3. Create Website
  3. Incentives
    1. Ag water for community gardens
    2. Change HOA rules
    3. Tax incentives
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