Just like the song says, “farm living is the life for me!”
I live the real life version of Green Acres everyday on my farm in Hawi, a quaint little town on the northern tip of the Kohala Coast. Being a city girl like Eva Gabor’s character on the 60’s TV show “Green Acres,” I never thought I would end up living on a farm and enjoying it as much as I do!
A year ago, we had 8 acres of weeds as tall as me, and today we have a real farm with rows of crops and orchards galore. A lot can happen in a year on a farm in Hawaii with ideal year-round growing conditions. Abundant soil, the perfect combination of sun and rain, and fresh trade wind breezes make this part of the island a paradise for plants.
In the last year, we (really my husband) have planted over 100 banana plants, papaya and avocado trees, a citrus orchard, rows of pineapple, lemongrass, green onion, cassava, sweet potato, cilantro, lettuce, tomato, asparagus, taro, squash, peppers, herbs, carrots, and much more.
We even have a whole section of ornamental trees including monkey pods, shower trees, bamboo, palm and coconut trees. It is amazing to see the transformation and how happy all the plants are!
Big Island grown farm fresh lettuce from today’s harvest
Nothing beats a homemade salad straight from the garden, and I love being able to step outside to our gardens and harvest food for the day. Not only is it extremely healthy to grow your own food, but it is very economical and sustainable, all very important things living on an island.
We always have more food growing then we could ever eat, so we like to trade, share with anyone we can, or sell to local restaurants or farmer’s markets. If you would like to try some of our farm fresh organic veggies drop me a note, I’d be happy to share with you!