Over the last week we have seen some major transformation in upper Grace Garden. Just a week ago the sorghum grass cover crop was almost as tall as I am! It was all cut down using the flail mower and incorporated using the rotary plow. After the tractor work was done, the crew got in there to shape the beds by tamping and raking. On Saturday, with help from students from University of California – Santa Cruz, we planted out ten beds of Hawaiian red turmeric. We will be planting the rest of the beds with white mango turmeric and Indira yellow turmeric in the week to come. We saved seed on all three of these varieties of our turmeric in early January. Planting our own seed means we must also spend hours sorting through our stored turmeric and grading it, deciding what is best for planting. After planting, we will be top dressing the field with compost, manure, and mulch. This long term crop will be in the ground until we begin to harvest it in November.

The crew sorting turmeric – separating out pieces that have rot or are too small for planting.

Upper Grace, just a week ago, covered with sorghum and Sudan grass, as well as buckwheat.

Jonathan cultivates the soil using the tractor.

After digging, prepping and planting, the field is looking fresh and promising.


In the Community Fridge we have . . .
Brassica Mix
Dandelion Greens
Bok Choy
Salad Mix
Wing Beans

Xx Jennifer and the Hale Akua Farmily

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