Banana Growing Workshop

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On Sunday April 13, 2014, Drew Wilkinson and Tia Silvasy hosted a Banana Growing Workshop at Positive Energetics Foundation on the North Shore of Oahu. We started out on the North Shore Edible Bike Path and then moved onto the farm at Positive Energetics Foundation where we delved into banana basics such as maintenance, harvesting, and propagation. We tasted our way through some delicious recipes including banana mac-nut bread, dehydrated cinnamon bananas, banana-papaya fruit salad, banana ice cream, and a delicous salad with creamy banana dressing. Everyone got a chance to dig up and take home a banana pup or two or three. We also explored strategies to identify and combat bunchy top virus by first treating the affected plant with a soapy-neem spray a few days before to kill off the aphids, then cutting down the plants, and removing the entire mat or root system and disposing into garbage bags for non-green waste disposal. For more information on how to treat and prevent the spread of bunchy top virus check out this website from CTAHR.

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North Shore Edible Bike Path 2/16/14

Full moon Edible Bike Path Workday! We had about 15 community volunteers come out and help with the bike path. We unloaded mulch, removed weeds, chop and dropped pigeon pea and vetiver grass. Everyone took home some seeds and picked from our harvest of lemon grass, moringa, basil, and lilikoi. The bananas are on their way.

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Permablitz Aina Haina

Permablitz hui Matt Lynch, Hunter Heaivilin, Paul Izak, and Drew Wilkinson led the charge of willing hands to transform Polly’s yard into an edible Aina Haina landscape.

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A Cardboard weedmat is backfilled with a layer of compost + a layer of mulch, then planted with mutually beneficial plant species.

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Sweet Potato cuttings are an easy way to create an edible ground cover.

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Drew Wilkinson led the charge in creating a fruit tree guild. Fast growing & nitrogen fixing nurse crops (pigeon pea) protect & feed young fruit trees. Pollinator attractors (sweet basil) and a dynamic accumulator (comfrey) where planted to support the fruit trees’ growth & health.

Check out: www.permablitzhawaii.com to join Hawaii’s Edible Garden Revolution.

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