We are in the process of switching to Natural Farming Methods (including the use of Biochar) and creating our own IMO’s from Kokolulu Aina (land). This is a fascinating process. Here is a video of our sustainable farm.
Kokolulu Farm (along with Lokahi Garden Sanctuary and Kohala Medicinal Herb Farm – Kathie Pomeroy and Karl Toubman) have received a SARE grant from the federal government to grow 5 medicinal herbs. Lemongrass,Olena (Turmeric), Ashwagandha, Galangal ginger, and Moringa. The objectives of the program are:
1) Determine the optimum stress conditions for medicinal plant growth on the above mentioned tropical medicinal plants
2) Provide additional on-farm income for small, tropical family farms through the marketing of tropical medicinals
3) Provide local youth with inspiration and knowledge of sustainable agricultural practices through paid farm internships grant
When Kokolulu was first established in 1999, we made a conscious decision to establish our farm in a fully sustainable way (long before the term became a buzz word). We have always been off the grid (meaning that we are totally energy independent. We generate all of our power via the sun, wind, and water. To see a short video of our farm and retreat center and the energy systems we use including the first vertical access wind machine in Hawaiiclick on the link below.
We are currently harvesting 3 different kinds of string beans, Mamaki, lemograss, tropical okra, 2 kinds of sweet potatoes, Galangal ginger, 3 kinds of papayas, tomatillos, 3 kinds of chilies, green peppers, turmeric, ginger, tomatoes, passion fruit, 4 kinds of basil, coffee, kale, 7 kinds of greens, regular potatoes, sugar cane, oranges, lemons, limes, avocados, bananas, numerous medicinal herbs, broccoli, Kale, 2 kinds of eggplant, asparagus, artichokes, taro to make poi, bread fruit, and many other items.
What a joy and labor of love to watch with amazement the wonderful things that grow year round at Kokolulu Farm in Hawaii.
Come join us and be a part of this sustainable experience!