July 16th, 2009
Many bits of unrelated news this week:
- To deal with the pig attacks, we added a strand of barbed wire at ground level running all the way around the garden fences. We also got a trap from neighbors, and the first night we caught a big mama pig:
She managed to escape, but since then we’ve caught three smaller pigs. They go to a neighbor who, i believe, fattens them up for eating.
- Two more biochar tests area in the ground, this time using IMOs as well as char. Crops: popcorn and sweet potatoes. Posted to the hawaii-biochar group.
- The HFU Potluck-Seed Exchange in Honoka’a last Friday was excellent, great turnout, tons of food, interesting seeds.
If you missed it, the next one is August 14.
- I had a horrible fever that raged for 2 days, nausea, delirium, then a strange red patch on my leg. At the ER on Sunday, they said it’s a staph infection, put me on antibiotics and bed rest. Sad to say, this mean little to no farm work for a week or more.
- In case you don’t already have Scott of Evening Rain Farm in your blog reader, be sure to read his posts Second Update on Our Food Experiment and Maintaining Food Security in Hawaii. Key insights into what food sustainability means here.
- The barrel tax was defeated today. It’s a little depressing, a sign that the top-down powers that be can’t make even a little step in the right direction. As it says, “A bill to fund food and renewable energy projects is left to die.”