Or­ganic Farm­ers To Meet At KEY Satur­day

MidWeek Islander (Windward Oahu) - - Windward Oahu Islander -

“Healthy” is the theme of the Hawaii Or­ganic Farm­ers As­so­ci­a­tion con­fer­ence, set for 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Satur­day at KEY Project in Ka­haluu.

The public is in­vited to sign up and pur­chase tick­ets for the an­nual event, which prom­ises a full sched­ule of farm­ing, work­shops and panel dis­cus­sions on “Healthy Soil, Healthy Com­mu­ni­ties and Healthy Ahupua‘a.” State Sen. Gil Riviere, D-Dis­trict 23 (He‘eia to Wa­ialua) will de­liver the key­note ad­dress.

Top­ics will cover lit­tle fire ants, cof­fee bor­ers and other in­dus­try pests and chal­lenges, as well. Lunch will be catered by Down to Earth. Ven­dors and trade ta­bles are planned, along with plenty of net­work­ing and talk story.

It’s a bring-your-own gloves and tools af­fair, with hands-on lessons in soil prepa­ra­tion, or­ganic amend­ments and soil bi­ol­ogy. Fee is $25 for the public, $12 for HOFA mem­bers, and some schol­ar­ships are avail­able. For de­tails and to reg­is­ter, visit d2e.co/ho­fa­far­m­day.

Kualoa-He‘eia Ec­u­meni­cal Youth (KEY) Project is lo­cated at 47-200 Wai­hee Road.

Lanikai golden re­triever Buddy meets up with Kailua’s Sue Chip­per­ton (dog trainer to the en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try), who re­cently ap­peared on the ‘Olelo ‘Dogs Are Heal­ers’ show, co-pro­duced by Liz Rizzo and Ge­nie Joseph. Buddy now is a nom­i­nee for the Amer­i­can Dog Hero Award, and vot­ing dead­line is May 15. Photo from Liz Rizzo.

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