|Raising backyard chickens is part of the conversation for Kauai Community Gardeners. This small flock is featured courtesy of David Tabonia.|
Glen Hontz, developer of the course Growing Food as well as Agricultural Entrepreneur classes at KCC is the dynamic coordinator behind the gathering. The discussion ranged from the problems affecting the bees to how to repair overused and toxic soil. Here’s a few highlights from the afternoon exchange:
|Bee covered in pollen. Photo courtesy of Happy Hour Design.|
Growing local food is way to restore not only our own health, but the health of the local economy.
There are great implications for bee colonies from the varroa mite (Varroa destructor). There are also solutions but it requires very different techniques to protect your bees today. Oliver
Several months ago I started a quest – traveling around Kauai visiting the community gardens and writing stories for NatureTalksNews (for more see Kekaha and Kilauea). New community gardens are springing up across the island and linking with existing gardens that have been growing together for years. In the upcoming months we’ll visit all that are open and share their stories, who to contact and how to get involved. Next on the list are more of Kauai’s Church Gardens and the great work they do.