Working with Nature:

Healing Land & People

Part of "What is Kuleana Homesteading?"

 

Ua mau ke ea o ka ‘āina i ka pono. 

The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness.

 

Aloha ‘āina.

Love the earth. 

(If we take care of earth, she will always take care of us and provide us with food, water and shelter.) 

In this segment we hear from farmers and others as they demonstrate aloha ‘āina through their choices and actions. Their stories reflect a deep appreciation and commitment to nature and natural processes. 

 

Also in this segment are resources that describe a "regenerative" approach to agriculture, an emerging set of agricultural practices that closely resemble farming methods practiced in Hawai‘i's traditional ahupua‘a.  

Regenerative agriculture not only “does no harm” to the land but actually seeks to improve it in ways described in the Useful Links in this segment. 

 

Regenerative approaches result in healthier soil, capable of producing more nutritious food and greater longterm to nourish healthy plants.  Regenerative approaches include the use of cover crops, crop rotation, composting, mobile animal shelters and pasture cropping, all to increase food production and topsoil.

 

To begin this Course segment, go to the video links featuring homesteader Bobby Alcain, chef Sheldon Simeon and chef/farmer Brandon Lee, and musician/farmer George Kahumoku Jr., then proceed to the other Useful Links that explain more about regenerative agriculture.

> Back to Course 1:

What is Kuleana Homesteading?

Useful Links:
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Homesteader Uncle Bobby Alcain of Moloka‘i talks about healing the land to heal the people.

From Moloka‘i Mom on a Mission and Quazifilms Media.

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Take a virtual farm tour with renowned musician George Kahumoku and be inspired. This video continues into a Part 2, the next Useful Link in this segment.

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Excellent short animated video on several practices of regenerative ag. Easy-to-understand resource for families that want to learn together.

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POSTER: Benefits of Regenerative Ag

Informative, colorful poster listing the many goals of regenerative ag by Climate Action Now and the organization Green America.

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Hear chef Sheldon Simeon and chef/farmer Brandon Lee of Kuanamano Farm as they keep Hawaiian values alive at work and on the farm.

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Part 2 of Farm Tour video featuring chickens, goats, ducks, kalo and more. George Kahumoku Jr. describes uses of some of the healing plants grown at the farm.

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A list of 5 principles of regenerative ag. Learn how "regenerative ag" is different from "sustainable ag" and "organic ag."