The Sustainable and Organic Agriculture Program (SOAP) at the UH Mānoa College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resouces (CTAHR) held an Organic Field Day at the college’s Waimanalo Research Station on Saturday, July 26. This event and a Legislators’ Open House the day before drew more than 100 visitors, with presentations and demonstrations by around 30 members of the CTAHR ‘ohana. Visitors included legislators Suzanne Chun Oakland, Richard Creagan, Lauren Matsumoto, Glen Wakai, Laura Thielen, and Marcus Oshiro, as well as representatives from Angus McKelvey, Sam Slom, Kalani English, Will Espero, the Hawai’i Farmers Union Unites, and the Hawai’i Farm Bureau Federation.
The organic field day included variety trials of hot peppers and eggplant as well as educational displays on taro, ‘uala (sweet potato), papaya, and fertilizer types.
CTAHR has the only certified organic taro plot in the state. Station staff also demonstrated the use of shade houses, plant enclosures made of shade cloth that can be built for use in a home garden to protect delicate plants from the sun.
“We’re celebrating 20 years of organic research at CTAHR, and we’re very proud of what we’ve accomplished so far,” said Extension specialist Ted Radovich. “Our field days are part of our ongoing efforts to engage the community by inviting them to the station.”
The SOAP program teaches, researches, and practices ecologically sustainable methods of agricultural production. The program focuses on increasing profitability for farmers, promoting environmental stewardship, and promoting stable farm communities.
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Source: CTAHR News press release and communications