|Hawai'i Chocolate & Cacao Association invites farmers and the public to its conference Nov. 11-13.|
Photo from HCCA
VIDEOS FOR SMALL-SCALE AGRICULTURAL PRODUCERS AND HOME GARDENERS ARE available at plantpono.org, sponsored by Big Island Invasive Species Committee, which released this statement:
Sharing cuttings and seedlings is a beloved and longstanding practice amongst backyard gardeners and small-scale farmers, but sharing comes with risk. What begins as a pleasant exchange can become a long-term headache, as ants, scale insects, slug eggs, fungi, and many other pests can stealthily hitchhike into well cared-for gardens.
The University of Hawaiʻi College of Tropical Agriculture & Human Resources recently joined forces
|See the BIISC films at https://plantpono.org/planting-guides/|
Molly Murphy, a specialist with the Plant Pono program, advised that all residents who engage in plant sharing take the time to learn about home biosecurity, saying “We know that the number one pathway for pests coming into the islands is live plants and plant materials. The same is true for our backyards – as home gardeners, we should all be doing our best to stop pests from moving through our communities.” She notes that both BIISC and CTAHR provide resources for controlling pests when they are detected.
Local growers are featured, including Sean Jennings, founder of the popular Homesteadin’ Hawai'i Facebook Group, Zoe Kosmas and Brayden Jadulang with Mālaʻai, and Kaʻiana Runnels of The Kohala Center. The videos, plus other resources for avoiding invasive species through good practices and choosing plant species to grow, can be found on PlantPono.org, which is managed by BIISC. See the films at https://plantpono.org/planting-guides/.
Funding for this project was provided by the County of Hawai‘i Department of Research & Development.