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Hawaii Farmers Union United (HFUU) Puna Chapter Members Monthly Meeting

December 7, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm


The Hawaii Farmers Union United (HFUU) Puna Chapter Members Meeting takes place on the first Thursday of each month from 5:00pm-8:00pm.

Thursday, November 7th Agenda:
-5:00-6:30 Locavore Potluck (Pule at 5:30)
Bring a locavore (mainly locally grown ingredients) potluck dish (please don’t partake without a contribution).

-6:30-7:00 Plant Auction and Crop Sale*
*Bring your Plants and Crops to sell or trade
(10% of sales to be donated to our chapter)

-7:00-8:00 Education Session: Cultivating Polycultures for Sustenance and Income, with Dash and Erika Kuhr of HIP Agriculture

Agroforestry is a traditional system of farming utilized throughout the Pacific. HIP Agriculture has been experimenting with various field trials of agroforestry crops.

There will be a presentation on how to lay out polyculture fields, plan for sequential cropping and obtain a yield. Dash and Erika Kuhr have been planting poly-fields for 7.5 years. This is poly-culture class not polyamorous culture class. LOL! Learn about the successes and challenges experimental field plots over the years. Gain exposure to new crops and their uses.

Dashiell (Dash) Kuhr, founder and director of Hawai’i Institute of Pacific Agriculture (HIP Agriculture), is the lead facilitator for the organization, and personally dedicated to the restoration of human and environmental health.

Dash has educated and mentored hundreds of youth and adults on the benefits of healthy eating and hands-on gardening skills. Working with non-profit organizations, food cooperatives and farms, Dash has lead and developed numerous gardening and sustainability initiatives.

Dash apprenticed under master permaculture designer Tom Baldwin (who studied directly with Bill Mollison, Geoff Lawton, and Bullock brothers) for three years, as a farm manager, managing one of the most diverse and well designed permaculture farms on Hawaii Island. He received his Permaculture Design Certificate from Geoff Lawton. Currently, Dash leads Living Farm Internship courses and youth program development at HIP Agriculture, while also conducting professional permaculture consultation. Current projects include installations of 160 dwarf coconuts and 300 bananas in polyculture systems and permaculture design work for a 120 acre food production and reforestation project at Inhabit Hawai’i.

Rooted in North Kohala, Hawai’i, Dash is dedicated to creating a post-carbon civilization that is able to thrive while reforesting and revitalizing the landscape. Dash is thoroughly committed to youth and ensuring they have access to fresh food and land, food sovereignty, Earth justice, and a localized economy that creates peaceful and happy communities.

Dash, with his wife Erika and three beautiful children Cyrus, Jyoti and Kumari are advocates of healthy eating, exercise, and Ayurvedic medicine. He enjoys gardening, swimming, surfing, yoga, and family time.

Founder and nutrition and food coordinator for Hawai’i Institute of Pacific Agriculture (HIP Agriculture), Erika is dedicated to healing people and the earth through delicious food and healing spices.

Erika received her B.S. in Food Science and Nutrition and B.A. in Spanish from San Diego State University. Since then, she has studied alternative medicine and food preparation that increases digestive health such as cheese-making and cultured vegetables. She is dedicated to creating positive human culture around integrative health based within locavorism. She is very passionate about harvesting, cooking and preparing the easy to grow and very abundant Polynesian starch crops into delicious comfort foods.

A full-time mother of three children, Erika is the head land mama, providing support, guidance for the HIP Team and HIP Ag’s residents.

Erika likes to cook, study aromatherapy and herbal medicine, swim, dance hula and make cheese.

You can become a HFUU member by sending in payment with a membership form (by mail or email), or you can hand one in at the meeting (printed forms will be available).

For more information, check out this presentation put together by Wade Bauer and Michele Denise David on why we have formed a Puna Chapter and see the benefits to you and our community:

And, check out the main HFUU website:

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December 7, 2017
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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