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Small Kine Farm Tour (Waimanalo)

Small Kine Farm Tour (Waimanalo)
Saturday, April 6, 2013  2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Join Slow Food Oahu as we return to Waimanalo to explore yet another of the great farms there — Small Kine Farm, the only organic mushroom farm on Oahu.   Fung Yang has a great philosophy that more of us should follow – waste isn’t just useless trash, it’s one of the planet’s most valuable resources.  He is founder of Oahu’s first door-to-door recycling service, Green Glove Recycling(formerly Oahu Community Recycling), which set up recycling bins at homes and businesses around the island, collecting their recyclables, and donating a portion of his profits to local schools.  While collecting his clients’ recyclables, he noticed that they were getting rid of more than paper, plastics and glass. They were also throwing out a lot of organic waste, so he began experimenting with composting.  Composting led to mushroom farming and the eventual launch of Small Kine Farm in Waimanalo. Compost is an ideal soil for mushrooms and mushrooms, which don’t require large acres of land to grow, and are an ideal crop for an island state with a limited amount of agricultural land.  Hawaii Mushrooms from Small Kine Farm are organically grown using green waste as our growing substrate. The substrate is composted and pasteurized in high heat before being used to provide a nutritious and bacteria-free growing medium for our mushrooms. During the tour, we will learn about the process of mushroom farming, including composting, pasteurization, spawn running, pinning, harvesting and packaging.

Please RSVP by March 31 to Michelle at sfo.reservation@gmail.com.  Please include in your RSVP your name, member status, phone or email and the name of any nonmember or member guests you would like to bring.  This event is limited to 12 people, so please reply quickly if you would like to attend.  The cost for members is $10 and nonmembers is $15 and payment must be received before the date of the event.  Payment information, directions and final details will be sent to all confirmed guests a few days prior to the event.  You can learn more about Small Kine Farm at their website: http://www.oahufresh.com/mushroomman/