Thursday, October 25, 2012

O'ahu Resource Conservation & Development Council
Promoting Responsible Stewardship of Our Island Resources
Fall 2012 Newsletter: Past and Upcoming Workshops, Sunn Hemp Orders, Preparing for the Rains, Partner News
Master Farmer Workshops
Still time to submit your questions!
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Our Master Farmer Workshops were a huge success! We had 5 workshops and over 200 people attended. We’re still accepting questions for our Master Farmers, so if you'd like to submit a question, send an email with your question and the name of the farmer(s) you’re asking to us at Deadline is October 31st. We’ll send you your answer and also have a list of questions and answers on our website. You can find a synopsis of each workshop, plus handouts and other resources on our website.

Upcoming Workshops

We have two workshops coming up in Waianae this fall.

Saturday, October 27th from 9am to 1pm is a free workshop on Integrated Pest Management: Preventing, Monitoring, and Managing Pests for a Healthy Farm at Kahumana Organic Farm in Waianae. Please RSVP a few days in advance. See the flyer here.

Friday and Saturday, November 16th and 17th will be a two-day workshop on the Inoculated Dry Litter System for piggeries, an emerging nutrient management practice which turns pig waste into valuable compost. Please contact us (808-622-9026) for more information about this workshop.

Sunn Hemp Seed Pre-order
Pre-order and reserve your seed today!
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We’ve sold almost all of our available stock of ‘Tropic Sun’ sunn hemp seed. However, we’re taking pre-orders for our next harvest, which will be sometime in April or May 2013. If you’d like to pre-order and reserve your seed, pleaseuse the order form on our website:

Get Ready for Winter Rain!

What can you do to minimize erosion on your farm or property?

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With the rainy season almost upon us, it’s time to think about what you can do to minimize erosion on your farm or property. Here’s a starter checklist:

1. Reduce the amount of bare soil.
2. Establish field borders to capture runoff.
3. Inspect drainage structures to make sure there are no breaks or high or low spots.
4. Check inlets and outlets of culverts to make sure they’re trash and sediment-free and functioning properly.
5. Maintain sediment basins.
6. Protect critical areas from erosion with silt fences, compost socks, or straw bales.
7. Be a good neighbor.
8. Maintain your property through the winter.
9. If you find a problem, follow up. If you have questions, contact your local Soil and Water Conservation District, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, or the O'ahu RC&D.

For more detailed information, check out this article by NRCS staff Ben Vinhateiro and Susan Kubo and our own Jean Brokish published in UH’s Sustainable Ag newsletter, Hanai’ Ai:

Partner News:

Hawai'i Community Stewardship Network

Community leaders gather on L
āna'i to learn how to advocate for their rural communities.

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In July, the HCSN worked with Laulima Kūhaʻo, a community organization on Lānaʻi, to bring 25 individuals from 13 rural communities together in Lānaʻi City for a workshop on community-driven advocacy. Over the course of four days, participants shared examples, successes and challenges of their advocacy work, and connected with organizations, speakers, and resources to increase the impact of their advocacy work. Mahalo pumehana to Laulima Kūhaʻo and the many community foundations and organizations who provided general financial assistance for this workshop. Click here to learn more about the Hawai’i Community Stewardship Network and how you can be involved.
Partner News

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Plant Pono!
Have questions about which plants are safe to plant and which are invasive? Plant Pono's new website can help!

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Combat Invasive Coqui Frogs
Use the Honolulu 311 app for your smartphone to easily report if you hear the distinctive "ko-KEE, ko-KEE" call.

HI Community Stewardship Network
HCSN's recent workshop on community-driven advocacy brought 25 rural community leaders together for 4 days on Lānaʻi.
Learn More Below

The O`ahu Resource Conservation and Development Council is a non-profit organization improving the quality of life for the people of Oahu by encouraging activities that conserve and sustain our natural, human, cultural and economic resources. Visit our website for information on the variety of programs and services offered by the O`ahu RC&D.

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