Living next to a volcano is always interesting and sometimes scary. The benefits of fresh volcanic soil come with downsides. Most of the Big Island farming areas are at risk of being in the path of a lava flow and we accept that, just as other regions accept drought or flooding. But we don’t rest easy. The recent Kilauea eruption was about 80 miles from us, but thick vog (volcanic smog) blanketed our farms for weeks. We smelled the sulfur, and the rain was acidic. Coffee trees are hardy, but other crops struggled. During an eruption, it is difficult to work outside most days, as the air quality is terrible. The lava flow threatened family farms as well as key papaya and orchid farmlands—all of which are small. Many lost everything, including their land. Until the eruption stops completely, it’s hard to know the final economic cost. Our hearts break for them.