On this evenings FarmHour, biologist and farmer Dan AMATO, called in from Hawaii to talk with us about his edible seaweed and marine plants research work with the University of Hawaii Honolulu. In addition to his research work, Dan also grows produce and fruit on 2 plots; one is a 1 acre plot at the bottom of a Chinese cemetery and the other plot Dan cultivates is a 7 acre plot with a 10 yr state Ag lease on the east side of Oahu on which organic edibles are grown: Lots of basil for pesto!, eggplants, 3 kinds of bananas, swiss chard, okra, spinach, eggplant, peppers, tomatoes, kale, chard, and oregano. Dan is currently in the process of planting a 2 acre plot of cacao in an agro-forestry style on the island.
Dan also works with Kai Makana as director of the MOKAUEA ISLANDS fishpond restoration where Edible seaweed and Fish are produced. Kai Makana is an environmental and cultural not for profit group of community members, private business, and government agencies, who share an interest in preserving the unique Hawaiian fishing village lifestyle on Mokauea Island. Mokauea island is situated in a lagoon between Honolulu Harbor and the International Airport, less than half a mile from the bustling metropolis of downtown Honolulu.
Mokauea Island is the site of O’ahu’s last Hawaiian fishing village, and one of the only two left in Hawai’i where hundreds of villages once thrived in pre-European times. These villages were a repository of cultural information and maritime skills;Much of he knowledge and skills of our pre-European coastal Hawaiian fishing villages have been lost in the past century. Mokauea Fishing Village, being the last of its kind, is a unique source of maritime knowledge and the building and handling of canoes and fishing equipment.
Agriculture in KOREA
Last month Madalyn was in South Korea and had a chance to speak with MinHo Lee an ecological engineer at the national Organic Farming systems lab. The lab is a division of Korea’s Rural Development ADministration, which is the governmental arm for agriculture research and development responsible for the development of a grafting robot, and vegetable planting machine, weeding robot, electronic control system of rice transplanter, and cutting-edge agricultural technologies for vertical plant factory and livestock management system. Lee and I had about a 2 hour discussion about organic agriculture in Korea which Farm HOur listeners will hear in short segments over the next couple of months. For the first segment, Lee takes us back to beginning of the green revolution in South Korea in the early 1970s.