|Current Research and Extension||
Date Last Edited: 08/24/2001
VEGETABLE, MELON, AND FRUIT CROPS -MAINTENANCE,
EXPANSION, AND DEVELOPEMENT
To assist farmers by developing their leadership
skills to identify, develop plans, and implement plans that will improve the
conditions of their external economies, and to develop and transfer production
technologies to clients, enabling them to increase their farm efficiency and
1. Worked with taro
farmers on Molokai in addressing the shortage of taro planting materials needed
to increase dry land taro production.
sub-surface irrigation as an alternative to sprinkler irrigation in sweet
3. Installed demonstration on managing weeds for
organically produced papaya.
4. Submitted grant to
conduct farm operation and management training for 7-10 Hawaiian Homestead
LANAI AGRICULTURE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
Increase the production of diversified
agriculture commodities by farming entrepreneurs on Lanai. Communities in
economic transition objectives:
1) Communities will analyze their economic base and implement strategic economic
2) Communities will enhance ability to support job creation and enterprise
businesses and small industries will improve their competitiveness,
profitability, and marketing capabilities.
1. The formal USDA-Moloka'i Enterprise
Community agreement was executed on August 11, 1999. EC designation entitles
Moloka'i to an annual USDA grant of $250,000 each year for 10 years, as well as
certain tax credits, special bond eligibility, and preference points for
earmarked federal grants.
2. The all-volunteer Ke
Aupuni Lokahi (EC) board contracted with the Moloka'i Community Service Council
to provide fiscal, programmatic, and administrative support for the Enterprise
Community. MCSC will receive 15% administrative fee from the USDA annual grant
for their services.
3. A 2-year work plan was
adopted by Ke Aupuni Lokahi in November 1999. The board prioritized 16 projects
to be implemented over the next 2 years.
4. A total of $185,000
had been newly pledged by outside funders for the implementation of the EC
5. Over the past year, a total of $306,831 has
been leveraged for EC administration.
6. Over the past year,
partnerships have been established with 29 different entities, including
federal, state, and county governments, as well as private businesses,
charitable foundations, and individual donors.
7. To date, a total of
62.5 new full-time jobs have been created on Moloka'i as a result of the
island's EC designation. Majority of these jobs will be sustainable.
DEMONSTRATION OF MULTICROPPING SYSTEM IN
ESTABLISHING AND PRODUCING NATIVE TREES
1. To demonstrate the
utilization multi-cropping system of establishing agroforestry production of
2. To educate clientele on the value of
planting endemic and indigenous trees, by conducting annual field day, workshop
and publication of a brochure and field signage for self tour.
3. To address concerns of
land owners, Hawaiian homesteaders, of the long-term establishment period in
1. Conducted field
demonstration and field day on multi-cropping system of native trees and
understory crops and collect growth data on native trees.
2. Conducted demonstration on alternative
producing alternative understory cash crops.
HAWAIIAN HOME LAND EDUCATION PROGRAM
Long-range goals - Molokai's Hawaiian homestead
farmers will be provided both educational and farm training opportunities to
improve knowledge and skills in both agricultural production and a commercial
business. Also, farmers will learn to develop viable production/marketing
options in order to provide optimal returns of both subsistence and a
commercial agricultural business.
1. Provide technical assistance and educational information to
Hawaiian Homesteaders and youth
2. Participated in DHHL Agricultural Task Force meetings and
community meetings to finalize recommendations for DHHL ag. land usage
3. Worked with QLCC and OHA's Native Plant Growers program,
Ho'oulu Mea Kanu in a budget to obtain funding to continue the program, and for
4. Maui County Fair Taro Tasting Demonstration
5. Held six native plants transplanting activities with
Kaunakakai Elem., Kualapuu Elem. Hawaiian Immersion, Molokai High School
Hawaiian Immersion 7th grade and Earth Preservation Club, and Maunaloa Elem.
6. Swear in new VP & Treasurer Molokai of the 4-H Family
7. Worked with Hui Laulima Cooperative composed of Hawaiian
homesteaders on development of a kulolo processing line and develop two grants
8. Worked on a Native Plants Co Hort program for Molokai growers
9. Worked on implementing waste management practices using Best
USA & CTAHR Animal Scientists and to facilitate funding for the Molokai
Slaughterhouse; $43.00 and $55,500 was received from HUD and US Dept. of Labor
10. Worked on
11. Coordinated with other agents and Doug Hamasaki in the making
of a CES/DHHL Education Program video
12. Held a field visit for Taro Workshop participants to the RREA
funded Multi Cropping with Native Trees project
13. Worked on a Family Farm Development Co-Hort program with
14. Hired a 4-H Rural Expansion staff person for Molokai; a
15. Coordinate with Joan Chong the Molokai logisitics for the
State 4-H Extension On Line and Urban/Rural Expansion Training Program for
CTAHR staff and site facilitators
16. Assisted 4-H Leaders in the two island wide animal tours
17. Assisted 4-H leaders with twoa day Molokai 4-H Livestock
Program and held a 4-H membership drive
18. Assisted coordination of the Molokai 4-H clubs' shipping out
of 4-H animals to a Honolulu slaughterhouse
19. Implement a SARE's funded project at Molokai Research and
Demo. Farm to evaluate the effectiveness of three cover crops towards Root Knot
nematodes in vegetable crop production with Dr. Brent Sipes assisting in the
egg counts of the Root Knot nematode
20. Continued maintenance and monitoring of the RREA funded Multi
Cropping System of Native Trees project
(MACADAMIA AND COFFEE INDUSTRIES): ISSUES, DEVELOPMENT AND APPLICATION
1) To conduct as needed 'industry analyses' or 'strategic planning' sessions.
2) To convene the CTAHR multidisciplinary macadamia and coffee groups annually.3) To undertake as identified in 1 & 2 the development and application of sustainable production technology to on-farm conditions.
4) To create materials for extension agents and the industry which aid the adoption
• First major revision of CTAHR's coffee extension bulletin since 1955 was published, co-authored with V. Easton Smith. To date 334 copies have been sold, public price is $5. Work is underway with K. Kobayashi, S. Campbell to put this bulletin with over 70 illustrations on the CTAHR website under the Farmer's Bookshelf.
• Participating with HARC on it coffee breeding program to develop better quality and higher yield varieties for Hawaii.
• Participating with HARC and Catherine Cavaletto on quality evaluation project, and recruited a student for the project. Second year mechanized harvesting completed of a multi-year, three island on-farm experiment to develop 100 % mechanized pruning strategies.
• Co-PI in a TSTAR coffee project (N. Hue (TPPS) D. Schmitt (PEPS) that began in 1999 dealing nematodes and problem soils. Made presentations at HI Coffee Assn annual meeting.
• Continued as editor of the Proceedings of HI Coffee Assn.
• Conducted 2 1-day strategic planning sessions to identify and prioritize issues facing the coffee industry.
• The Specialty Coffee Institute of the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCI/SCAA) invited me as part of a team of CTAHR and HARC scientists to join SCI in proposing a project to the Agency for International Development (USAID). Project is to improve the production of high quality coffee and the price paid to small farmers. Our involvement generate technology the would be available to HI growers.
• Facilitated three meetings between CTAHR Adm., pathologists, ADSC, and Kona station personnel to develop CTAHR's response to growing need to replant the Kona coffee industry with CTAHR-identified nematode tolerant rootstocks. A program should be in place by the end of FY 01.
• Made 2 presentations at Hawaii 'Awa Council educational programs and participated in several board meetings and 2 day strategic planning conducted by CTAHR's D. Ching.
• Presented a departmental seminar, 'Hawaii's 'Awa Renaissance', and demonstrated a new presentation technique. Using a digital camera as a light-weight, low cost substitute for a notebook computer to present PowerPoint presentations via TV monitor or LCD projector.
• Working M. Kawate (PEPS) to have kava defined as a root crop by EPA for pesticide registration.
• Maintain regular email communication with a UH(not only CTAHR)-based group of faculty interested in kava.
• Won a TSTAR grant - 'Quantifying and environmental factors for increasing kavalactones in kava' with CS Tang (MBBE) and M Jackson (HARC). Field production started 9/00.
• Working with S. Campbell and S. Nelson to establish kava 'book' on the 'Farmer's Bookshelf,' on CTAHR's website.
• Working with local a kava cafΘ to improve beverage extraction and include Hawaii-grown kava.
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