Last weekend, the crew went adventuring around the island! Some of the farmily took off on a group trip to Hana, others went to bask in the sun at Little Beach, and a few went on an awe inspiring hike with our good friend, Jungle John. We are some happy farmers:) One of my favorite parts of living on the farm is walking around the property each day and noticing how the plants transform. Recently, I have been keeping my eye on the gorgeous pineapple flowers along the driveway. It takes around 13 months before pineapple plants send up a flower and 18 months to a year for the plant to produce a pineapple ripe for eating. Since learning this, I have gained a deep appreciation for every bite of pineapple I am blessed to eat. Check this beauty out!
Meet Mark Gregory
Mark Gregory is a go-getter who came to Hale Akua to begin a new life. It’s not uncommon for him to have taught an English class via Skype and hiked down to the coast and back all before starting work on the farm in the morning. He can do a lot of push ups. It might not come as a surprise to find out that Mark Gregory was a cheerleader in college. He brings his award winning team spirit to every task on the farm. His favorite plant on the property is night blooming jasmine and his favorite weed is Okinawa sweet potato. His favorite song to farm to is “Wildflowers” by Tom Petty. Mark’s personal garden area is the aquaponics system and the bees. He chose these areas of interest because he had limited experience with both, and he would like to have his own aquaponics system and bee hives one day. After his time at Hale Akua, he hopes to continue traveling the world working on farms and eventually manage his own farm.
In the Community Fridge we have . . .
Baby Bok Choy
Xx Jennifer and the Hale Akua Farmily