Hawaii Month 2- Food Forest visit
Unfortunately my research got very busy, and I haven’t had time to write my weekly blog posts, but these are some pictures of a memorable week-end at my friend Geoff and Lyn’s agroforestry farm in Puna.
Over the years, they have developed the most incredible food forest. And with their hard work, although weeding is still a tedious weekly chore, they have significantly suppressed the weeds on the property by exhausting the seed bank. In addition to being farmers, this couple founded the seed saving initiative on the Big Island and share resources with their fellow farmers.
: a breadfruit leaf (that actually looks like a giant oak leaf!) on top of a bed of perennial peanut. Perennial peanut was introduced as a cover crop, or ‘weed suppressant’ in other words. The results? FanTastiC!!!Lyn is also a knowledgeable herbalist, and since it was raining on Saturday we spent the afternoon making tinctures and extracts. As someone who loves ethnobotany, this was a treat .
goes bad, she distills it to make strong alcohol !
tincture from the farm . It’s an energiser and great for the immune system.
The second best part of this farm visit was the amazing food I was served. I tried to help, but Geoff was busy making his tacos and listening to the radio, and when I woke up Lyn had already made a ‘pancake in a pan’!. It’s anIndian recipe and allows one to store butter on the shelf for months. What does it taste like?caramelised butter!! alongside my pancakes came sausage from the neighbours pigs. that she thenferments to get rid of the sugar. Indeed, they have so much tropical fruit that sometimes it’s nice to process it to eat it in another form, and to avoid consuming too much sugar…!