adventures on the farm

For the most part, leaving the city behind has been a blessing. No more crowded streets or drunks pissing on the grass in front of our cottage (wait …

that was me!) No more battles for parking spaces and waking up to ambulance sirens. Of course we miss a ton of things only Honolulu can offer as well. Our friends … heyyyyyyyyy guys. The food, so MANY GREAT RESTAURANTS! And of course our little cottage, with our manageable garden and the bike-ability of our former neighborhood. That self-contained convenience and accessibility that a city offers is one of a kind. Funny thing, because I never figured myself for a city girl.

You know that saying, ‘Farmin’ aint easy’… it’s true. Hug a farmer, seriously. This permaculture concept that Kahuna Valley Farm has going really gets me going. The horse, sheep, chickens, ducks all working together and providing the farm with protein, fertilizer, cuteness. It’s all about harmony, and if we can have a system here where each element complements another or benefits the ecosystem then we are making progress. You know, aspiring to be a sustainable farm is pretty difficult.  Eliminating inputs like imported feed and fertilizer are sure bets. Here at Kahuna Valley Farm we are fortunate to have Java Kai, the local coffee shop, allow us to collect their kitchen waste and coffee grinds to use for chicken, sheep and duck feed as well as to make compost. And the compost is gold. Trade secret.

As for my role here on the farm, just figuring out the routine slowly. I have responsibilities to keep the animals fed and happy, the aquaponics system circulating (I caused a fish kill last week when the pump switched off and I didn’t notice) and run the weekly farmers market. Which, believe it or not- leaves me with very little time to write, read or go surfing. Well it should be said that I am also graduating this semester, building a tipi dwelling and planning a wedding. Always loved a full plate! Couldn’t ask for a better place for the children to learn and grow, and adapt to a more self-sufficient and minimal lifestyle. The adventure continues …

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