State Laws/Kauai County Ordinances
Basic Agricultural Concepts/NEEDS
"If you do not get directly involved with government actions you will be governed by fools."
-- Plato, Greek philosopher
Merry Christmas ohana! 2019 was a buffalo stampede...it took 2.5 years of full-court-press to get the State Dept of Ag to realize these are domestic dairy water buffalo, and the breed has been domesticated for 5,000 years. The photo above is about 1 month old; the buffalo gals are the dominant Ku'uipo (far right; who just had a female calf 3 weeks ago), the 3 calves are Kane (a bull calf), Kala and Buffy (both cow calves) and not shown in the photo little Ua (rain/life) born just after this photo was taken, and the other 3 buffalo gals are Lani, Koko and Pua.
BTW, this photo was all over the web because the Java plums are ripe now, we have had lots of heavy rains, and a Java plum tree came down on the buffalo's electric fence and they decided to take a stroll up the hill because they had heard that there were grown men hitting little white balls around on Pua Kea golf course and they wanted to see it for themselves! They were not impressed and walked back downhill to the farm their home!
My new partner, Valerie is the love of my life (translation= she is the only woman that can put up with me:-) and has all the attributes of which a man dreams (kind of like the old Chinese proverb of the perfect woman= a diplomat in the living room, an economist in the kitchen and a tiger in the bedroom:-); she is a huge positive impact on my life and on the farm. Valerie has been a Registered nurse in onchology for 17 years but saw that they were primarily just killing people, so now she treats persons with chronic illnesses using holistic and alternative therapies. Valerie will use our little guest house to help her clients overcome chronic illnesses, primarily with balanced organic meals and with supplemental nutrition. We just added a bathroom and shower room to our little guest house and plan to put railing around its redwood deck so no one will fall off into the adjacent taro pondfield (lo'i).
Although our taro and luau (taro leaf) sales have slowed due to obtaining the buffalo in August of this year, we have been planting more fruit trees (avocado, breadfruit, momi apple, coconut, longan) and are propagating and planting more cacao (chocolate), yerbe mate, awa or kawa, and expanding our vegetable and herb gardens.
Other projects ongoing or finished on the farm are:
Finally, we rejoice in the abundance of food on our farm and know that when our current economy collapses (and right now our national deficit is greater than our GDP!!!!!), those on the continent need to get on a plane if there is time and come here to paradise:-) It got down to a bone-chilling 59 degrees F on the night of Dec 21, the shortest day of our year!!!! We miss and love all of you!
Mele Kalikimaka e Houoli Makahiki Hou!
Don & Valerie