I have been involved in conservation for over 20 years and protecting the environment is my passion. In my twenties I had the incredible opportunity to work with the Nature Conservancy on Maui, helping to protect our precious watershed. It was a great experience which has influenced my desire to care for the land in a sustainable manner. One of the parcels I am farming has been in my family for four generations (certified by HOFA 2002) and I hope to leave the soil enriched by my farming practices, not depleted for my daughter. The other parcel I purchased in 2003 and have been farming it organically since then. Not only do organic practices make sense environmentally but they also make sense economically. When I think about the cost of adding petrochemicals to the environment there are so many hidden costs to health, environment and to the economy. Lastly, organic produce tastes better! We eat most of our vegetables, fruit, eggs, and beef from food grown on our land. Our cattle pasture is leased to Beef and Blooms, which is an organic operation. We have a small flock of chickens for eggs and raise them organically.
Bio-diversity elements which are included in my farm are mature trees, planting of many endemic species in non crop areas, and a water feature (pond & waterfall).
Pigs, deer, pheasant, pueo, barn owl, ope`a pe`a (bat),gray & black francolin, cattle egret, cardinals, nutmeg manikins, skylarks, japanese white-eye, java sparrow, house finch, red billed leothrix, mocking birds, kolea, (occasional visit from the Endagered Hawaiian goose Nene), melodious laughing thrush, wild bees have built hives in my out buildings more than once and twice I have seen them swarm, skinks, bufo frogs, jackson camelions.
Native plants present include koa, ohia, mamaki, several hibiscus species, hapu`u fern, ama`u fern, `uluhe, halapepe, palapalai fern, uki uki, ahu`awa, sandlewood, akia.
I also lease pasture which is grazed organically by William Jacintho, Beef & Blooms(link).