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Peas on Earth
Peas on Earth What does a chickpea want? Not much, according to Amjad Ahmad. That’s why the UN has declared 2016 the International Year of Pulses: Legumes are able to grow—and give bountiful nutrition to humans and animals—with relatively few inputs.
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Food Wasted, Food Saved
Food Wasted, Food Saved Food waste—and what to do about it—is big news. Research by ag economists Matthew Loke and PingSun Leung, in the department of Natural Resources and Environmental Management, has shown that Hawai‘i residents waste a quarter of all food in the state—356 pounds per person—totaling 522.8 million pounds and more than $1 billion a year!
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Mind the GAP!
Mind the GAP! Food brings people together. It’s essential to family and cultural traditions and can be an important way to connect with the ‘āinā.
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Eat “Local”
Eat “Local” The Hawai‘i Foods website’s tagline is “Nutrition with Aloha.” This might be more succinct and inclusive than “One of the few places to learn how much calcium is in tree fern shoots,”* but they’re equally true.
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The Farmer on the Garden Isle
The Farmer on the Garden Isle Roy Oyama finds farming relaxing, he recently commented. Maybe, compared with his other ag-related achievements and activities, it is.
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A Honey of a Project
A Honey of a Project Maui’s lacking something the other islands have—and that’s a good thing. The destructive honeybee pest the varroa mite has not infested the bees there, creating important opportunities for research and outreach.
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By and For the Community
By and For the Community The Urban Garden Center (UGC), an expansive 30-acre site in Pearl City, serves as a one-stop outreach educational center where the public can get help and inspiration for home gardens through school tours, workshops, and demonstrations. Techniques showcased include home-garden irrigation solutions, xeriscaping, grafting, and companion planting.
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All in the Family
All in the Family The Hawaii Association for Family & Community Education (Hawaii FCE) offers something for everyone.
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