Friday, May 18, 2012

Think Local: Taro

We have amazing organic dryland taro from Kupa'a Farms, grown in Kula. “Kupa’a” means “firm” or “solid” in Hawaiian and although the name originated in reference to the rocky soil here, it now reflects the solid, life-giving practices that we use to grow food. The farm is 4 acres of cleared land in the dry leeward slopes of Halaekala. Soil is the heart of any agricultural operation and Kupa'a does their best to keep the soil alive and healthy and work hard to limit the amount of erosion. They use compost, compost tea, cover crops, perennial vegetative barriers to limit erosion, and by avoiding bare soil fallow. More about the farm here

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