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.

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A meditation maze, in the middle of their food forest- simply fantastic .Also very timely since I’ve started a 31 day mindfulness challenge (more in next post). In the back you notice breadfruit, coconut trees and mango trees.


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This picture is a symbol of agroforestry

: 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 .

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Lyn uses organic vodka from Costco (a real bargain) and also makes alcohol herself.  When her home-made Jabuticaba fruit wine

goes bad, she distills it to make strong alcohol !
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doesn’t this look like the most delicious chocolate drink?!! Well its raw cacao

tincture from the farm . It’s an energiser and great for the immune system.IMG_0975

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’! 

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To the right of the pancake, in that little jar is ‘Guy’- clarified butter

. 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.IMG_0972

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On Sunday, Lyn and I made starfruit juice

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…!
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This is is a peak into Geoff and Lyn’s fantastic chicken coop. They use Korean Natural farming techniques to maintain it. Many might think that Korean Natural farming techniques aren’t proved scientifically, therefore don’t work. I haven’t done enough research on the topic to have an opinion but I’ll tell you what: I’ve never seen a chicken coop that is so clean, and I’ve never come across a chicken coop that doesn’t smell bad (and I have a very sensitive nose!)