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Now that Maui isn't growing sugarcane, could we grow food, soil, & jobs while making Maui’s central valley healthier & more productive than ever? Permaculture designer Jenny Pell has created a plan for the 36,000 acres of Maui’s central valley that could be bountiful agriculturally & economically. It could also meet Hawai'i’s food needs & make Maui more resilient.

Jenny Pell is an author of the Mālama ‘Āina Report which offers a comprehensive look at how to transition from large-scale monoculture sugarcane crops to diversified organic farming that prioritizes local food, creates profitable farm businesses & jobs for locals, & stewards the land for future generations. Jenny Pell has dedicated her career to helping her diverse clients be part of a resilient & abundant future.

In part 1 of our interview with Jenny, we take an in depth look at agriculture on Maui: from its ancient Polynesian roots, to the agricultural changes brought to Hawai'i by peoples from outside Polynesia, to mechanized monoculture, & finally to an inspiring vision for a possible regenerative farming future which combines the best practice techniques of the past & the future to build healthy soil & healthy ecosystems. We are really inspired by Jenny's work, & hope you will be too.

What do you think? We'd love to hear your feedback. Leave us a comment and we'll respond. And if you know anyone who would enjoy this podcast, please share.

The Mālama ‘Āina Report is available for free online for anyone to read.

This episode is one of a series called Re-envision Maui, about an ongoing transition on the island of Maui. If you would like more background on this series, we suggest you checkout the episode entitled Re-envision Maui - Before and After Sugar.

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We hear the story of chef turned farmer James Simpliciano. He is the founder of Simpli-Fresh Produce Farms in Lahaina, President of the Hawaii Farmers Union United Mauna Kahalawai chapter, & Vice President of Hawaii Tropical Fruit Growers Association.

In this second episode of the Re-envision Maui series, we learn about James' profound respect for Hawaiian culture, as evidenced by his focusing on growing canoe crops, the plant species brought to these islands long ago by the ancient Polynesians which for centuries formed the foundation for Hawaiian organic food self-sufficiency. His daily actions embody the Hawaiian value of Malama ‘Āina: care & respect for the land as though it was a family member. He tells us a fascinating story about the lo’i of ancient Hawai’i; the wet kalo - or taro - crops that were once the staple of the Hawaiian diet & are today experiencing a revival.

And join us as he introduces us to regenerative agriculture techniques such as Korean Natural Farming, hügelkultur, & permaculture - techniques he employs every day on the farm. This episode is one of a series called Re-envision Maui, about an ongoing transition on the island of Maui. If you would like more background on this series, we suggest you checkout the episode entitled Re-envision Maui - Before and After Sugar.

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We take an in depth look at Maui’s past, from its mythic origins & indigenous ways of life, through colonization, & finally to its modern incarnation.

The island of Maui is at a crossroads. Industrial sugarcane production on Maui has come to an end after 150 years & the future of tens of thousands of acres of land & billions of gallons of the island’s fresh water is now in limbo. What will be grown & built during this transition will impact Maui’s future over the coming centuries. If we can better understand what Maui looked like before sugar became such a big force on the island, we may discover insights about what Maui could look like now that sugar is no longer. The possibilities are inspiring. The people of the Maui community are paying attention to what is being planned, what is being said, what is going unsaid, & what is being done on behalf of the future of this precious island. The Story Connective is producing a series of episodes that will take you on a journey introducing you to voices that envision a resilient & thriving Maui. This episode, Before and After Sugar, is the first of the Re-envision Maui series.

CREDITS:

Story by Loxley Clovis & Rebecca Rhapsody

Audio recording & production by Loxley Clovis

Intro song is ‘Which That Is This’ by Doctor Turtle released under Creative Commons Attribution License

Ukulele of ‘Aloha ‘Oe’ performed by pomitsai released under Creative Commons Attribution License

Outro ukulele performed by Rebecca Rhapsody released under Creative Commons Attribution License

Ocean Waves and Wind’ by Binaural Soundscapes released under Creative Commons Attribution License

And birdsongs by Hawai’i Conservation Alliance released under Creative Commons Attribution License

Chant performed by Dr. Sam M. ‘Ohukani'ōhi'a Gon III, used with permission

Special Thanks to:

our Fiscal Sponsor, ELLSSA – a non profit committed to Empowering individuals to take care of the future.

Learn more about at ellssa.org

The purpose of this production is for non-profit education, news, & commentary.

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Doug Banner is a long time Social Artist, with many stories to tell of his well lived, mythic life. He is an educator, researcher, woodworker, & more.  He is the executive director of The Flow Project, which defines & studies the applications of the flow state of artists in their creative process. He also regularly trains teachers to be Social Artists in Aruba, co-teaching with fellow Social Artist Jan Sanders.

In this Episode you’ll hear a story told by Doug Banner, a veteran Social Artist, about how he helped transform a school & it’s community.

Social Artistry is a methodology for activating human potential sourced from global anthropology & humanistic psychology via the lifework of Dr. Jean Houston. One who studies Social Artistry learns to view & experience the world in ways that evoke the best possibilities for cooperation, joy, & empowerment in any situation.  It’s intended to give people insights, tools, & creative leadership skills for our rapidly changing world.

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