Know Your Land and Eat It Too

IN YOUR FRIDGE / Farmers’ market managers, Pamela Boyer and Annie Suite have joined hands with local farmers to create Oahu Agri-Tours. There’s no fancy farmhouse or massive farm machinery; what you see is what you get. You’ll experience first-hand how farmers are committed to practicing clean, organic farming.

Poamoho Farms is one of the farms on tour, and guests learn how the fruit orchard uses natural pest management and fertilization methods. Tin Roof Ranch farmers Luann Casey and Gary Gunder butcher their chickens the day before selling them at the market.

Na Mea Kupono wetland taro farm practices old school taro farming methods that most locals don’t even know about. Here you can also watch a traditional poi-pounding demonstration.

At Mohala Farms you’ll see how simple and natural farming is still possible (and still exists). After a tour of their herb garden, guests enjoy farm-made treats in the hale. And if that simply isn’t enough to get you excited about organic farms, there’s of course, chocolate. Waialua Estate Cacao, a local chocolate and coffee farm that serves up world class chocolate and coffee, rivals that of our neighbor Island.

Yes, all the hype of organic produce at chain markets may sound a little cliché, and the truth is, it is simple and true to Hawaii’s history.

Maui Pine assets sold for quarter of worth – Pacific Business News

The group that bought the assets of Maui Pineapple Co. paid a fraction of what the company’s equipment, materials, supplies and customer lists were worth, according to a filing with federal regulators.

The partners of Haliimaile Pineapple Co. acquired the equipment and other items for $680,000, to be paid over five years. The assets had a book value of $3 million, according Maui Land and Pineapple Co.’s filing this week with the U.S. Securities Exchange Commission

Haliimaile Pineapple will also pay ML&P (NYSE: MLP) between $20,000 and $30,000 a year to use the Maui Pineapple trade marks, trade names such as Maui Gold, and logos, and will lease 950 acres and 59,000 square feet of office and warehouse space at market rents, which is about $420,000 per year, for 20 years. The new company hired 66 workers of the 206 workers who were terminated by Maui Pine on Dec. 31, which will decrease ML&P’s severance costs, the company said in the filing.

Calculating costs of using farm machinery: a standardized procedure for Hawaii.

Title: Calculationg costs of using farm machinery: a standardized procedure for Hawaii.
Personal Authors: Huang, W. Y., Marutani, H. K., Vieth, G. R., Keeler, J. T.
Author Affiliation: College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA.
Editors: No editors
Document Title: Departmental Paper – Hawaii Agricultural Experiment Station (USA) 1979

Based on the recommended method of the American Society of Agricultural Engineering, a modified procedure for calculating the costs of using farm machinery in Hawaii is developed. This modified procedure can handle the situations of highly variable annual machine utilization rates of Hawaii’s diversified agriculture. An example illustrating the computation procedure and case study of a typical watermelon farm are presented. The procedure is also used to analyse the relation between costs and annual utilization. The analysis indicates that a farmer who has a low annual machine utilization rate incurs a high cost for using the machine, due mainly to the high interest charge. Authors’ summary. KEYWORDS: TROPAG | Economics | development and social sciences | agricultural equipment | costs | production function | Hawaii.

Calculationg costs of using farm machinery: a standardized procedure for Hawaii. | Huang, W. Y., Marutani, H. K., Vieth, G. R., Keeler, J. T. | Departmental Paper – Hawaii Agricultural Experiment Station (USA) 1979 |