|Dr. Jona Bogs has funding to offer Kaʻū farmers training in maximizing nutrition and production of organic food. Photo from Beyond Organic|
The program includes soil analysis for 17 minerals and microbiology, plus side-by-side trials on farmers' lands. Bogs said she has been awarded grant funding "to train Big Island farmers to help them produce more and better quality foods for all of us." She said that through the Beyond Organic Growing System, "Not only does the foods' nutritional content increase greatly, so does the volume of crop production.
|A side-by-side trial for beets at Bryan Riley's farm in Kaʻū.|
Photo from Beyond Organic
After the trials and soil analysis, "Precise amounts of organically-approved soil amendments are added to optimize the soil. Then watch the magic happen!" said Bogs.
Bogs said she envisions "making the Big Island a showcase to the world of Nutrition Grown agricultural production. The varied climates and visitor infrastructure make our island an ideal location for expanding knowledge of sustainable agriculture." She said she envisions a visitors' center with a store, restaurant, educational area and tour desk.
The training includes 19 half-hour teaching videos online, her ebook Beyond Organic: Growing for Maximum Nutrition and Flavor; interactive Zoom calls with Bogs and other farmers in the program; the soil analysis and side by side-by-side trials with plant tissue nutrient analysis of crop from the farmer's trial garden compared to USDA values; and certification upon successful completion.
See the website BeyondOrganicResearch.com and the blog on past farm trials. To apply for the program, contact Bogs at info@BeyondOrganicResearch.com or call her at 808-938-9888.
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