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Life on the Farm

The moʻo is an ancient mythological being which appears in legends throughout Polynesia. For the Polynesians, geckos were perfect mirror images of this dragon-like monster. It was believed that the great moʻo could simply use the body of the gecko for one of its many manifestations.

Rainbow Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus deglupta): The unique multi-hued bark is the most distinctive feature of the tree. Patches of outer bark are shed annually at different times, showing a bright green inner bark. This then darkens and matures to give blue, purple, orange and then maroon tones. The previous season’s bark peels off in strips to reveal a brightly colored new bark below.

Our goal this week is to harvest 190 lbs of eggplant for the Hawaii Food Basket! ???? ????????????This awesome nonprofit helps tackle healthy food distribution through a mix of supplemental food programs, traditional food pantries, and meal sites to provide people with access to the type of food assistance they need. How awesome is that?! ????✨

Rain, as we know, stimulates mushroom growth, eventually leading to fully-fruited mushrooms that release spores. But did you know that once airborne, these spores, much like salt and dust particles, can act as cloud condensation nuclei — surfaces on which water vapor condenses, eventually forming rain.

The HIP Agriculture interns had lots to be proud of during their time here! And to put some of what they've learned on display, they did some presentations on ways they’d like to contribute to the ecologically conscious and sustainability movements.

Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee. A honeybee to be exact!

During our fall internship, the interns found out all the buzz about honeybees with HIP Agriculture’s very own honeybee hives.

If you’ve ever visited us at the Hawi Farmers Market on Saturdays (and you should!), you’ve probably seen little brown bottles on our table labeled “Ashwagandha Tincture”. We get asked all the time, “What is that?” or “What can it do?”, so today we’d like to share a few fun facts about this super beneficial, but often little-known herb.

The farm doesn’t run its self. Nor does it shut down between Living Farm Internships. The daily grind continues with the help of varying work traders. Some travelers, others alumni, a few experienced farmers, all seeking a place to eat well and lay their head at night. All for the price of their mana, Hawaiian for life force and spiritual energy. The decision to continue my time with HiP Agriculture came down to five simple reasons.

Today marks my one week living on the HIP Ag organic farm and being part of the community here. This is a place where you will not hear words like, “not my problem”, “who cares?” and “can’t be done.” The responses to queries, ideas, suggestions, concerns and enthusiasms are typically, “Who?” and “How?” My day begins with a sunrise wake-up to the vibrant sounds of nature, then either meditation in my hale (Hawaiian for house or home) or yoga with some of the interns, a walk to the house or the intern “Gulch” kitchen and then visiting the ducks with the two oldest children, whom energetically and hopefully search for eggs.


To practice and teach ecologically conscious agriculture, empowering individuals and communities to cultivate alternative systems of living that restore human and environmental health.

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