(this is a little late...sorry) just wanted to say that it was great to be involved in the ma'o farms GIVE day a couple of weeks ago. we helped prep some of the new fields for planting (i.e., moved rocks). ma'o recently acquired another 11 acres, increasing their farm to around 16 acres.
there are new structures being built, including a much larger packing shed, as well as a demonstration kitchen and office. of note, these new spaces include some natural building/earth structures. there is… Continue
Kokua's store manager, Larry Kirby, drove Rachael and me out to Haleiwa last Sunday to enjoy the wonderful Haleiwa Farmers' Market. The farmers' market was right off the highway just before entering Haleiwa town if driving from Laie. We had a beautiful drive up the windward side despite some rain which cleared beautifully as we entered Kahuku. The… Continue
Two of my fave local writers are Joannie Dobbs and Alan Titchenal who are columnists for the Honolulu Star-Bulletin. In this column, they question the ongoing policy of horizontal urban expansion at the expense of farm lands. On Oahu, Maui and Kauai, rich farm lands are under threat from the expansion of houses. Granted, people gotta live somewhere. But in a place… Continue
My colleague Eric Wahlgren wrote this article looking at recent research on the topic of candy and violence in kids and teens. The findings are troubling and made me think twice about allowing regular candy consumption for my kids (meaning, 3-4 per week, a piece or two). What are your thoughts? You can read the article here. An excerpt is… Continue
another opportunity to do volunteer work on an organic farm!! Mohala Farms is a certified organic farm, in Waialua. we have an open community work day every first sat of the month...The next work day is this Sat Oct 3 from 8 am to noon, then we break for lunch. We cook a meal using ingredients from the farm and from Kokua Market.
There is always lots to do and we always appreciate any help we can get. It's a beautiful location and of course one can always head to the beach in the… Continue
Over the past several months I have been visiting Kokua's deli with greater and greater frequency. Even though I work in the Kalihi area, if I have an extra few minutes at lunch, I will make the drive to Kokua to pick up a plate. Don't get me wrong, I still will go to Kenny's or Gulick Deli in Kalihi but I know that my choices for delicious and healthy food expand… Continue
We are blessed in the Islands with literally dozens of cookbooks. Among my faves is the Hawaii Farmer's Market Cookbook by food write Joan Namkoong. Joan puts together a wonderful array of dishes that are easy to prepare and can really take full advantage of what grows here in Hawaii. In this tough economy, as more of us are cooking at home, this book is even… Continue
This morning I woke up with a cough and a sore throat. I was pretty sure I didn't want to get out of bed. I was even more sure that I didn't want to get in my car, drive to Wai`anae and work on a hot and dusty farm. But somehow I made it to MA`O Organic Farms and I'm really glad I did.
For the first time, members of the Kokua Market community volunteered at a monthly event: the MA`O Farms G.I.V.E. Day (G.I.V.E. stands for Get Involved Volunteer Environmentally). We organized this… Continue
Here is a video about Lanikila Pacific - Meals on Wheels. They are having a wonderful benefit next month (we wrote about it in the newsletter) called the Good Table Oahu. It's a "synchronized eating event" on October 22. Patrons buy tables at one of… Continue
This coming Saturday Kokua is sponsoring a work day at Ma'o Farms. You will be getting hands dirty and an amazing education at one of Hawaii's largest organic commercial farms. At Ma'o, youths from the Waiana'e learn how to run a farm, market produce, care for the aina, and give back to community. This link tells more about work days entail. Interested? Email Heather for information on carpooling and transportation (email@example.com).
We went to a screening of "Food, Inc." on September 8 at Punahou School. It was a wonderful event with a pretty packed audience of probably a few hundred people who were all concerned about the food that we eat, how it gets made, and how it gets to us. I noted many Kokua owners in the audience and was very proud that our cooperative has been at the forefront of this movement for decades. I think that as many have realized that "organic" and "local" are critical, more and more people will see… Continue
Not that long ago, we were all much closer to our food. That means, we grew it ourselves or we bought it from people we knew who grew it themselves. As we have moved further away from our food, our relationship with food has changed and not all for the better. Food is cheaper and plentiful in much of the world. Yet more and more of the food we consume is processed and unhealthy.
In our home, we have been growing our own food for some time. Not enough to sustain us but enough to… Continue
Added by Alex Salkever on September 7, 2009 at 9:06am —