Richard Ha writes:
I took Mom to Hamakua Springs to get a few tilapia for her dinner.
While we were there, we looked at some of the things we have going on.
One thing that strikes me is how much water we have running through our 600-acre farm. We must maximize its usage.
I really want to raise tilapia when the price of oil goes so high that bringing it in from Asia is prohibitive.
And, while doing that, we want to demonstrate how Hawaiians were self-sufficient in ancient days.
Then while we are at it, we want to reforest the streams with ‘ohi‘a, koa, bamboo, kukui, hapu‘u, etc.
- Also, how about aquaponics with tilapia and taro?
- How about a certified kitchen to make lomi salmon, poi and other things where we and other farmers can add value?
- What about classes for at-risk students?
- Maybe a permanent imu.
- Events set around food?
- How about showing how food was produced then and now - ancient and modern?
Mom and I always have these kinds of conversations. I like it.