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Regenerations Botanical Garden, in association with Malama Kaua`i, is excited to herald the return of our fruit tree pruning workshop series, at the lush and diverse Kaua`i Food Forest in Kalihiwai.

Proper pruning of fruit trees is an essential practice that keeps fruit within reach, establishes and maintains a healthy form for the tree, encourages flower and fruit production, and more. In this workshop, we will discuss the principles of pruning and then work our way through the food forest, pruning a wide diversity of common and rare types of fruit trees.

Though the principles and practice of pruning will be covered by 1pm, we will continue pruning until about 5pm, so you are welcome to join us throughout the day.

Workshop Instructor, David Whatmore • David has been growing tropical fruit in Kilauea for 30 years and has taken a special interest in tree pruning. He does all of the pruning on his 700 fruit trees as well as advising and pruning at a few other farms. As a member of the Hawaii Tropical Fruit Growers he has toured over 50 other fruit farms observing tree management techniques, and has attended many pruning workshops given by international experts. He has read more than a dozen books on pruning, but hands on experience and seeing the long term results has been the most informative for him. This workshop represents the fourth round of pruning led by David in the Food Forest, so we will be learning how to build on the results of previous pruning, as well as give some trees their first pruning.

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Sunday, November 22, 2015 10am-4pm

at the Kaua`i Food Forest

located at Malama Kaua`i’s Community Farm, Wai Koa Plantation, Kahiliholo Road, Kalihiwai

Registration fee is $35. Tickets available here

Biochar is an inexpensive carbon-negative soil amendment that can double your yield while reducing your fertilizer and water needs. 

This workshop will be of great interest to backyard gardeners, farmers, ranchers, and anybody who wants to learn about biochar.

You will learn about:

the multiple benefits of biochar

how agriculture can improve the climate and heal the soil

how to build simple devices to make biochar

making biochar/compost/mineral blends and more

Includes a live demonstration of biochar making with fire

This is a special opportunity to learn from one of the world’s foremost authorities and researchers on biochar, Dr. Paul Taylor.

Workshop Schedule:

10am-noon: Paul gives an in-depth presentation on the history and modern utilization of biochar around the world, with Q & A.

Noon-12:30pm Potluck lunch and talk story.

12:30-1pm A brief tour of the Kaua`i Food Forest with manager Paul Massey.

1-4pm  Live demonstration of multiple biochar making processes led by Paul Taylor. We will stay on site until the biochar making process is complete which may extend to 6pm.

Workshop instructor:

Paul Taylor PhD • Paul graduated with the University medal in physics from the University of New South Wales, Australia, received his PhD from the University of Colorado, and worked at the Harvard Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory and MIT. He is the editor and lead contributor of the book The Biochar Revolution: Transforming Agriculture & Environment, is a global presenter on the subject, and developer of the Kon-tiki biochar kiln. Paul lives in Australia and the US, researching and presenting on biochar and climate change. More information about his work can be accessed at thebiocharrevolution.com.

Copies of The Biochar Revolution will be available for purchase.

What to bring:

Water, mosquito protection (long sleeved shirt & pants, bug repellent), potluck offering, notebook & pen or digital note taking device, camera.

Registration fee is $35. Tickets available here

Directions:

From the South:

Pass the Shell station in Kilauea, then pass the mini-golf course on the left. Make the next left onto Kahiliholo Road. There is a left turn lane and you will see a large sign saying “Kalihiwai Ridge.” (See below for more).

 

From the North:

Cross the Kalihiwai bridge, then make the next right onto Kahiliholo Road. You will see a large sign saying “Kalihiwai Ridge.”

 

From both directions:

Once you are on Kahiliholo Road in 1/2 mile there is a sign for “Pepperwood Plantation” on the right. Pass it and as the road curves to the right take the next left into a large driveway with a yellow flag. Go through the stone gate, and drive straight ahead. You will pass the community garden on your right. Park on the right just beyond the garden.

 

By bus:

The nearest stops are in Kilauea and across from the Shell station and at Anaina Hou Community Park.

 

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We know that pruning fruit trees correctly can result in many positive benefits, not the least of which are major increases in quality and quantity of the fruit that’s produced, and ease of harvest. However, if the initial pruning is not followed up in a timely and informed fashion, the result of pruning can in fact be counterproductive, and even harmful to the tree. In this second class in the series, we will observe the growth responses made by 80 fruit trees of many varieties to the pruning we gave them back in July, discuss our options, and make the follow-up pruning actions that will set the trees on a solid path to proper form and functional development. Participants can expect to go away with a deeper level of knowledge and confidence in the art of pruning, by understanding of the habits of tree growth and how we can maximize our interaction with them to support their health, longevity, and productivity. In addition to follow-up pruning, we will also give initial pruning to a handful of trees.

Workshop instructor:

David Whatmore • David has been growing tropical fruit in Kilauea for 30 years and has taken a special interest in tree pruning. He does all of the pruning on his 700 fruit trees as well as advising and pruning at a few other farms. As a member of the Hawaii Tropical Fruit Growers he has toured over 50 other fruit farms observing tree management techniques, and has attended many pruning workshops given by international experts. He has read more than a dozen books on pruning, but hands on experience and seeing the long term results has been the most informative for him.

What to bring:

Water, mosquito protection (long sleeved shirt & pants, repellent), bag lunch, gloves, notebook & pen.

Register online by Saturday for $20. Day of workshop/walk in registration is $25.

Register now

Directions:

From the South:

Pass the Shell station in Kilauea, then pass the mini-golf course on the left. Make the next left onto Kahiliholo Road. There is a left turn lane and you will see a large sign saying “Kalihiwai Ridge.” (See below for more).

 

From the North:

Cross the Kalihiwai bridge, then make the next right onto Kahiliholo Road. You will see a large sign saying “Kalihiwai Ridge.”

 

From both directions:

Once you are on Kahiliholo Road in 1/2 mile there is a sign for “Pepperwood Plantation” on the right. Pass it and as the road curves to the right take the next left into a large driveway with a yellow flag. Go through the stone gate, and drive straight ahead. You will pass the community garden on your right. Park on the right just beyond the garden.

 

By bus:

The nearest stops are in Kilauea and across from the Shell station and at Anaina Hou Community Park.

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Regenerations Botanical Garden and Malama Kaua`i Present a fruit tree pruning workshop on Saturday, July 11th from 8:30am-12:30pm at Kaua`i Food Forest at Wai Koa Plantation, Kahiliholo Road, Kalihiwai.

Proper pruning of fruit trees is an essential practice that keeps fruit within reach, establishes and maintains a healthy form for the tree, encourages flower and fruit production, and more. In this workshop, we will discuss the principles of pruning and then work our way through the food forest, pruning over 20 types of fruit trees.

Workshop instructors:

David Whatmore • David has been growing tropical fruit in Kilauea for 30 years and has taken a special interest in tree pruning. He does all of the pruning on his 700 fruit trees as well as advising and pruning at a few other farms. As a member of the Hawaii Tropical Fruit Growers he has toured over 50 other fruit farms observing tree management techniques, and has attended many pruning workshops given by international experts. He has read more than a dozen books on pruning, but hands on experience and seeing the long term results has been the most informative for him.

Paul Miller • Paul creates sustainable food systems with fruit bearing trees on Kaua`i. He offers fruit tree pruning services and training islandwide. Paul received a Associates Degree in “Agroforestry and Tropical Ecosystem Management” in 2008 from Hawai`i Community College.

Workshop fee: $25

Space is limited. To register, visit the event registration page.

Please bring water, sun and mosquito protection, notebook and/or camera, gloves, and a snack.

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A Korean Natural Farming/Indigenous Microorganism Workshop will be held on Saturday and Sunday, June 27-28 from 9am-4pm, at Permaculture Kaua`i in Moloa`a. To reserve your seat and for directions, call workshop instructor Ray Maki at (808) 634-5412. . Based on an ancient system for producing every farm input necessary,  Korean Natural Farming techniques improve your soil’s physical, chemical, and biological properties, resulting in increased resistance to environmental stress, more nutrient dense food produced, and vigorous organic growth. This is a “beyond organic” approach to nurturing the `aina. The two day training session will demonstrate and offer detailed instruction for producing the natural farming inputs at the commercial and residential farming scale. Regenerations is proud to partner with Permaculture Kaua`i, the County of Kaua`i, and the Hawai`i Farmers Union United in facilitating this workshop. The County has also provided funding for research into the ability of Korean Natural Farming to bioremediate persistent pesticides and herbicide contamination in Kaua`i soils. This research is being conducted this summer and we are hopeful to see positive results…stay tuned!


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Regenerations is proud to present a new 2-day workshop called Creative Agroforestry for Home, Farm, and Community Landscapes. It’s the latest offering from local agroforestry legend and ethnobotanist Craig Elevitch. Craig’s world-class publications and workshops on tropical pacific agroforestry practices and useful plants are well known throughout Hawai`i. True to form, he’s put together a new book on Creating Abundant and Resilient Food Systems specific to our conditions here on Kaua`i and the other Hawaiian Islands. This groundbreaking workshop will help the principles of the book come to life. The workshop will be held on April 25-26, 2015 at the Anaina Hou Community Park in Kilauea–home of Kaua`i Mini Golf.

Agroforestry landscapes, which have trees as a major synergistic component, are models of productive, low input systems that have sustained people for centuries in Hawai’i.  This workshop offers participants an introduction to best practices in establishing and maintaining a working agroforestry landscape tailored to their needs. Presentations combine traditional, modern, and local knowledge to enable participants to get started on their own systems, avoiding pitfalls. With a little knowledge and experience, the end result can be a landscape that provides high productivity, social & cultural values, and beauty, now and for generations to come.

Day One will feature interactive sessions and lectures from:

• Milan Rupert Nursery Manager, Kaua`i Nursery & Landscaping 

• Dr. Hector Valenzuela UH College of Tropical Agriculture 

• Craig Elevitch Director, Agroforestry Net

• Bino Castelo Botanical Manager, Kaua`i Mini Golf

• Matt Stevenson Livestock Extension Agent, UH College of Tropical Agriculture

• Amjad Ahmad Researcher, UH College of Tropical Agriculture

• Day Two will feature tours of working agroforestry landscapes by:

• Sun Hadley Owner, One Song Farm  

• Bino Castelo Botanical Manager, Kaua`i Mini Golf

• Paul Massey Director, Regenerations Botanical Garden and Kaua`i Food Forest

 

The workshop is a remarkable value at $75 if you register before April 18, and $100 thereafter.

As an incredible bonus, participants will receive a copy of the new 300-page full color manual Agroforestry Landscapes for Pacific Islands: Creating abundant and resilient food systems!


Please register early, as space is limited.  For more information go to agroforest.info or call 652-4118.


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