The 2-day "Creative Agroforestry for Home, Farm, and Community Landscapes" workshop was held at Anaina Hou Community Park on April 25-26, 2015. Fifty-five participants attended the lively workshop, which consisted of a series of presentations by eight presenters, followed by a day of field tours of agroforestry sites in the Kilauea area. Participants included landscapers, agricultural professionals, agricultural extension, community planners, farmers, ranchers, and homeowners.
The workshop began by honoring the wisdom and traditions of native Hawaiians, as expressed through agroforestry practices and ecological stewardship. The Hawaiian experience was placed within the larger context of Pacific islander agroforestry, each culture with its distinctive mix of species, yet repeating a consistent theme. Principles of integrated pest management and its application in agroforestry systems was explored. The University of Hawai’i’s ongoing research into cost-effective organic soil amendments with recommendations on their use was also covered. A primer was offered on proper planting, establishment, and pruning of fruit trees. Livestock can be a valuable addition to agroforestry systems, and some of the most popular choices for Hawai'i were presented. How we plan for, implement, and perpetuate agroforestry landscapes in private and public spaces is essential to their success, and example stories and suggestions were given. Discussion circles, led by the workshop presenters, allowed participants to explore their area of interest further. Visits to three contrasting field sites revealed the challenges and opportunities inherent to working agroforestry systems.
- Bino Castelo (Cultural perspectives on agroforestry)
- Craig Elevitch (Traditional Pacific Island and modern agroforestry systems) Craig's presentation #1 Craig's presentation #2
- Hector Valenzuela (Pests and diseases) Hector's presentation
- Amjad Ahmad (local sources of soil fertility) Amjad's presentation
- Milan Rupert (Edible landscaping) Milan's presentation
- Matt Stevenson (livestock in agroforestry) Matt's presentation
- Colleen Carroll (Urban forestry)
- Talia Abrams (Kaua'i urban forestry project)
The field tours were presented by
- Sun Hadley Owner, One Song Farm
- Bino Castelo, Botanical Manager, Kaua'i Mini Golf
- Paul Massey Director, Regenerations Botanical Garden and Kaua'i Food Forest
- Mark Olson, Rob Cruz, Krista Ruchaber, Nicolai Barca, and Aroshn Gudbrandsen, Kaua'i Food Forest
The workshop was organized by Regenerations International Botanical Garden and Hawai‘i Homegrown Food Network and hosted by Anaina Hou Community Park adjacent to Kauai Mini Golf & Botanical Gardens. Additional support was contributed by many individuals and the Kauai Food Forest and Agroforestry Net.
This project is carried out in collaboration with Hawai‘i Homegrown Food Network with sponsorship of the USDA Western Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program.
Permanent Agriculture Resources
PO Box 428
Holualoa, Hawaii 96725 USA