To make a very long story short…
From 2005 to 2010, i moved back to a house i own on 2.3 acres, a house that i grew up in, surrounded by a wonderful community. My parents, Jim and Ruthie Bernaert, live there. They are Anusara yoga teachers, and have been gardening organic vegetables for decades. While fresh vegetables are great, i wanted to make more use of the land, and try farming. The first thing i did, in the fall of 2005, was attend a Hawaii County workshop on growing and processing Tea. I joined the Hawaii Tea Society and got a few plants. The next thing our family did was build a fancy chicken coop, and raise free-range chickens. They arrived as day-old chicks on Valentine’s Day, 2006, and started to produce eggs in July. In August, i finally found a way to import organically grown chicken feed, and in 2007-2008 i had the only organically-fed hens on the island.
Trying to make the whole operation sustainable became a long, fascinating growth curve, that continues to this day.
In 2010, i had to return to Silicon Valley for employment, but i still visit the farm as often as possible and continue to post my notes and news about it here on this blog.