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Le Hawaiian Dream Farm from Kapaa, HI
Le Hawaiian Dream Farm

Farm Name: Le Hawaiian Dream Farm

Year Farm Established: 2010

Location: Buying on the North part of the Big Island. One area we are considering only has property approaching .5 acres and the other we would sacrifice proximity to the beaches but we could own as many as 7 acres., HI

Years I’ve been farming: 4 years

Animals I raise: Either property would allow us to raise chickens which I see as a great way to help manage our gardens and produce our own eggs.

I would love to raise some goats. I am just not sure that can be done on less than half an acre.


Crops I grow: I live in Scottsdale, at least until the end of summer. I would plan to grow everything in Hawaii that I grow here, from papaya, banana, passion fruit, citrus and herbs to tomatoes, lettuce, peppers and beans.

Hobbies I enjoy: I've always enjoyed farming. Half the family roots are in dairy farming.

Rock climbing, skiing, hiking, scuba, reading and taking care of the dogs.


The proudest moment on my farm: The first day my banana tree produced bananas. That was short lived. I proposed to my wife on Christmas Eve and was too preoccupied to pay attention to the weather report that said we were to have a frost overnight. That wiped out all of my tropicals. I figure we will have better luck in Hawaii : )

Pets: 2 Rotties... Skatje and Chance

Farm Motto: I know nothing and I proclaim to proclaim even less...


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  I think that's cool how you get points for typing a blog.

Maria, Woodsfield, OH.

11/29/2010 11:47.41 AM Report This Comment  
  I think I just type stuff in here for fun points now...

Come visit me, Le Hawaiian Dream Farm & Going bananas.

11/21/2010 10:13.06 AM Report This Comment  
  So two acres it is. Now how does one plan to move forward?

Come visit me, Le Hawaiian Dream Farm & Going bananas.

10/16/2010 07:25.33 PM Report This Comment  
  The toughest part of a balanced compost mix on the islands is carbon. Everything is so incredibly green here...

Come visit me, Le Hawaiian Dream Farm & Going bananas.

10/13/2010 03:36.37 PM Report This Comment  
  ...

Come visit me, Le Hawaiian Dream Farm & Going bananas.

10/10/2010 12:16.49 PM Report This Comment  
  Heading out to buy some vegetable plants. Lets get this garden started!

Come visit me, Le Hawaiian Dream Farm & Going bananas.

10/08/2010 09:59.52 PM Report This Comment  
  I think I'm going to build a top shelf box this month.

Come visit me, Le Hawaiian Dream Farm & Going bananas.

10/07/2010 02:24.04 PM Report This Comment  
  Looks like we might have found two acres...

Come visit me, Le Hawaiian Dream Farm & Going bananas.

10/03/2010 01:44.29 PM Report This Comment  
  Still waiting...

Come visit me, Le Hawaiian Dream Farm & Going bananas.

10/01/2010 10:54.32 PM Report This Comment  
  There! Now just have to close on some land.

Come visit me, Le Hawaiian Dream Farm & Going bananas.

09/29/2010 11:35.31 PM Report This Comment  
  There! Now just have to close on some land.

Come visit me, Le Hawaiian Dream Farm & Going bananas.

09/29/2010 11:33.02 PM Report This Comment  
  3 days away
So, did you make the big move? How exciting! Look forward to pixs of your new home.

Come visit me, The Roof.

09/18/2010 05:54.45 PM Report This Comment  
  Will be in Hawaii in 3 days...
Oh yeah

Come visit me, Le Hawaiian Dream Farm & Going bananas.

08/31/2010 04:34.44 AM Report This Comment  
  Getting really tired of the AZ summer...

Come visit me, Le Hawaiian Dream Farm & Going bananas.

08/03/2010 10:09.54 PM Report This Comment  
  rotties
I love the Rottie breed. We had a wonderful girl that was the best babysitter for my girls growing up. You learn the bark really well and know when the girls were doing something wrong.

Come visit me, Edge of the Woods Farm & Farm on Three Oaks Road.

08/03/2010 07:36.14 PM Report This Comment  
  So I am thinking that one thing I may have to address is protecting my plants from excessive rain. I have no idea how I'm gonna do that but I do know that too much rain means too little oxygen in the soil. Maybe a partial greenhouse or something like that.

Come visit me, Le Hawaiian Dream Farm & Going bananas.

07/31/2010 08:00.09 AM Report This Comment  
  The Scottsdale house closes on the 17'th so the Hawaiisn dream farm may yet be a reality this summer!

Come visit me, Le Hawaiian Dream Farm & Going bananas.

07/30/2010 08:37.00 AM Report This Comment  
  I am thinking about picking up a book on goats and figuring out the minimum amount of land one needs to have to raise a goat.

Come visit me, Le Hawaiian Dream Farm & Going bananas.

07/23/2010 11:07.33 AM Report This Comment  
  Visit to the Roof
Yes, we grow a full vegetable garden here. We call it the "Roof" after the sixties song "Up on the roof" as sung by the Drifters. The verse where it describes escaping the world suited us to a tee. We've had to live and work in cities so often, escaping to our "country" of 30 acres is soul saving.

Most of our property is pasture for our black angus. We raise enough each year to fill our freezer and sell off a couple to keep the herd down to 15, which is just about right for our land. I agree with you about growing your own food! We've been trying to be as self sufficient as much as possible. Even down to trimming the trees for firewood. We've never cut a live tree, but make use of any that are knocked down by storms or insect damage, etc. I'd rather burn the wood then pay the gas bill.

We're pretty much the same way, haven't been to a movie theater in years, much less a sports arena or concert. What better concert could there be than a chorus of tree frogs with owls adding baritone. Or having a freshly caught fish fry? There's so many things to do here, why leave?

Come visit me, The Roof.

07/16/2010 06:33.08 AM Report This Comment  
  If you haven't heard about H.R. 875
Read about it here

http://www.hobbyfarms.com/farm-industry-news/2009/- 07/30/hr-875.aspx

It's important if you want to farm without big brother looking over your shoulder.

Come visit me, Le Hawaiian Dream Farm & Going bananas.

07/07/2010 09:35.47 PM Report This Comment  
  If you haven't heard about H.R. 875
Read about it here

http://www.hobbyfarms.com/farm-industry-news/2009/- 07/30/hr-875.aspx

It's important if you want to farm without big brother looking over your shoulder.

Come visit me, Le Hawaiian Dream Farm & Going bananas.

07/07/2010 05:13.32 PM Report This Comment  
  Wow! We are looking at two properties. One is in the ideal location, but only .42 acres, the other is more in line with what I want to do and ideal for farming with it's location and 6 acres but not in the ideal living location my wife wants. I wonder if .42 would be enough for one Nubian... This is going to be a tough compromise : )

Come visit me, Le Hawaiian Dream Farm & Going bananas.

07/06/2010 03:32.43 PM Report This Comment  
  Sounds like a wonderful dream
DH was hesitant about the goats but even he's really loving our pygmy kids so far and we hope to get more.. they're addictive. :-)

You could do a few goats on .50 but please be aware that they do love to eat (at least our piggy pygmies do. :-))

ATM our 3 tiny pygmies are in a small fenced in area (around 20 x 10) off our back door and we're getting ready to move them to a bigger area since they've already eaten everything they can get to (grass & 2 bushes) to since mid April (first 2) and early May (blue eyed youngest) and that's WITH supplementing with hay and a bit of grain mix (we call it goat candy).

For what it's worth... we have 7.5 acres a few miles from the St. Lawrence (we went with giving up living on water for more land :-)) and are pretty sure we'll easily grown into using most of it within a few years since we want a few more goats (researching more varieties), poultry, a few horses/ponies and a donkey. In this type of venture, it's better to have to much then to little IMO. :-)

Come visit me, Greensleeves Acres & From Our Front Porch.

07/06/2010 03:53.44 AM Report This Comment  
  Welcome!
Sounds like fun! Good philosophy on the simplicity of life.

Come visit me, Down by the Rivers & Rivers Run Through It.

06/29/2010 09:50.54 PM Report This Comment  
  Welcome!
Sounds like a beautiful place to farm.

Come visit me, Larkshire Farm.

06/29/2010 03:39.33 PM Report This Comment  
  "Getting back to basics"
So my mom asks me a couple years ago what Marcia and I do for fun. My answer was that we wake in the morning and have coffee on the patio overlooking our garden and throwing the ball for our girls. After work, we take the girls for our 3 mile walk around the golf course, have dinner together and read. Weekends we may go see a movie and go grab a cup of coffee at a book store on top of all of that.

That was the moment I figured out that we are very happy doing very little. We are happy doing such simple things, imagine how island living would enhance all that. We figured we can be happy doing all the same in Hawaii except that on top of our daily activities, we can throw in a few water sports and live in an area that is super conducive to gardening, maybe even raise some chickens and a couple goats...

Sports are fun, but honestly, I get more enjoyment watching my trees flourish. A new car every year is nice, but we still like the cars we have had for years now. We both love food, but we are really getting sick of food recalls every other week. Why not attempt to grow the bulk of our own food then? Environmentalism should be nice, but on the national scene it's nothing but politics.

Global warming? Whats that? Meanwhile we throw away precious resources every day instead of composting, thus recycling resources instead of needlessly filling up our junk yards. All environmentalism is local, and there is so much people can do on such a small scale to improve the health of their lives and improve their environment. The future is now! We don't need government to complicate our lives in the name of saving the world. We need to save ourselves.

Our move to Hawaii is about getting back to basics. Less ego, more love and enjoyment. Life is beautiful, people just complicate it. I yearn for a less complicated life, but one that is more enriched in part by getting my hands back in the soil.

Come visit me, Le Hawaiian Dream Farm & Going bananas.

06/28/2010 03:37.02 PM Report This Comment  

 



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