Ian’s Hana-style Crab Cakes (Food)

1 large or several small ripe breadfruit
2 or 3 fresh jalapeno chilies
1/2 to 1 pound fresh crab meat (or steamed fish, flaked)
1 large Kula onion, diced
1/3 cup chopped cilantro
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
3 or 4 teaspoons red pepper flakes or to taste
2 or 3 teaspoons Old Bay seasoning or to taste
Hawaiian salt
Juice of 2 or 3 limes
Splash of beer
Peanut or sunflower oil
Dipping sauce:
2 or 3 tablespoons ponzu sauce
1 cup plain yogurt
3 or 4 teaspoons wasabi powder or to taste

Steam breadfruit thoroughly.

Roast jalapenos on grill or cook in a pan over medium heat until they begin to “sweat,” then dice.

In a bowl, combine crab, onion, cilantro, cheese, jalapenos, red pepper flakes, Old Bay seasoning, generous amount of Hawaiian salt, lime juice and beer; set aside.

Cool breadfruit enough to handle, but while still warm, cut chunks from skin and add to bowl with crab mixture. Coat hands lightly with oil; then knead mixture thoroughly until a uniform consistency is achieved. Form into cakes, stack them on a plate and cover with a damp towel.
In a cast-iron skillet or good pan, heat one-quarter inch of peanut or sunflower oil. Cook crab cakes until golden brown, and place in oven set at 200 degrees to keep warm until serving.

Mix dipping-sauce ingredients. If making ahead, wasabi will become more potent the longer it sits.


Master Cho Certification Course

What a blast it was! Over 50 people attended Master Cho’s Cho Global Natural Farming Certification Course held July 12-16th in Makapala Kohala Hawai’i.

Master Cho’s revolutionary techniques are so effective that large chemical companies have threatened his life. Why? Because with Cho Global Natural Farming anybody can grow food without buying any fertilizers or pesticides.

Master Cho, founder of Korean Natural Farming and CGNF

Cho teaches farming in harmony with Nature. Start with a soil foundation made with micro organisms and other edible high quality ingredients that can be easily manufactured on the farm. Then as the plant grows, know what nutrients to give, again, all made right on the farm. Certain sprays are applied when the plant is fruiting and another when you want vigorous growth.

Jenny Bach of the Big Island Bee Keepers Association cooking up an Egg Yolk Oil miracle cure
Eric Weinert and Jeno putting good vibes into Natural Farming inputs
Egg Yolk Oil making up close
Master Cho giving us the insight on Natural Farming Livestock

Fifty certified Cho Global Natural Farming are now able to verify precisely what Cho teaches to achieve amazing results. A group of teachers, researchers, farmers from all over the Island Chain as well as Los Angeles came together to participate in the first Natural Farming Certification in the Western Hemisphere. Natural Farming is the starting point of an anonymous revolution to transform the food supply back into the hands of the people.

Myag with a perfect IMO#1
Ju Young Cho inspecting our IMO#3 piles. Too much moisture. Too much groupthink, how come nobody turned the piles?

Cho’s message is love. Love your plants, love your inputs, love your wife, and choose life. Nature will build one inch of living a soil every two hundred years if left to it’s own merit, and with Cho Global Natural Farming, a diligent human can complete the same process in six months. When cooperating with Nature, a farmer can build soil four hundred times faster leaving lasting fertility and resulting in abundant harvests at minimal costs and reduced labor. Natural Farming is the love Cho is talking about.

Doctor Park, Master Cho and Bachelors of Science in Computer Science Drake are taking Natural Farming to the next level!

Natural Farming in Downtown Hilo

Natural Farming Hawai’i has an extraordinary opportunity to work with the Hilo Downtown Improvement Association to beautify Hilo with edible food plantings!

We are starting with a planting between Mamo, Kilauea and Keawe Streets.

We broke ground on the Summer Solstice making four mounds to plant Kalo and two pits to plant sweet potato. Our goal is to plant traditional Hawai’ian canoe crops that have been proven as staple food sources all around downtown Hilo.

Josiah Hunt graciously donated enough BioChar and CharFish to do our entire garden right. The BioChar gives the IMO a place to live and acts as a soil stabilizer.

This is an ongoing project, contact drake@localgarden.us if you would like to get involved. Stay tuned for more.

Chop and Drop

If you think you are going to haul fish guts 20 miles from town up to your farm, you are probably going to spend more in fuel than you could possibly produce on the farm. Assuming you had to grow and produce your own ethanol. Or, in almost any scenario utilizing ethanol, there is a farmer, a truck, and hauling, and the process of distribution eats up almost all the energy created in production.

I am talking about the future of farming. Not twenty years in the future, not ten years in the future, more likely in less than five years, we are already seeing radical shifts in the price of energy. Gas at $10, “no” you say, but the writings on the wall. Think of the thousands of miles that gas travels to make it into your gas tank. Can you afford to carry it that far?

We will be forced to turn to domestic production, but how far will that go? We have a number of things against us before we even begin, such as having to import heavy materials to build infrastructure capable of ethanol production. Going for us, we have a large geothermal resource, which if used intelligently, can bolster ethanol production.

Think of the energy it takes to run this monstrous supply line! Big diesel tractors moving this and that. A huge interconnected web relying on just in time delivery. Back when gas was $2 a gallon this seemed like a pretty good idea, living the Fed-ex lifestyle was affordable. Imports did not threaten our ability to make a living as it does today with absolutely no reliable or proven domestic production within 5,000 miles within the last 50 years. Hawai’i’s simply forgotten how to do it. Matson will always come…

Without fuel affordable for general transportation use a daily commute from Hilo to Puna is out of the question. I rode my bike 5 miles from Hilo to Pana’ewa to work in a field, and let me tell you, it’s not cheap or easy. The work you do when you provide the energy for transportation takes on a whole new level of effort. By the time I get to work, I’ve worked, now I must work a full day, then I must work again to get home.

How are you going to make a living in a “no fuel” scenario?

Now, think of the farmer growing your food. Where does he live? Your rice, your pasta, your Pizza Hut, how much do you think that will cost when fuel is $10? The staple food that keeps you and your family alive. Our diets today are so foreign that an average high school graduate would starve to death if KTA ran out of Doritos, in plain sight of avocados mind you!

We don’t eat what we grow and we don’t grow what we eat! It’s a scary double edge sword that will sink our island if there is any interruption to our thousand mile long supply lines. Sure we grow lettuce and some vegis locally, but think of the staple foods, the ones that really fill you up. It won’t take more than a dock strike or hurricane for it to become impossible to get Costco goods at any cost. Speaking of hurricanes, our governor looted our hurricane fund, we now have NO emergency monetary reserves.

Are you going to horde or are we going to make it a island wide objective to grow what we need right here? We can produce year round, but you know what’s missing? You.

With America almost broke, what happens if uncle’s EBT isn’t renewed. He’s standing there in line at Sack n’ Save, four hungry kids looking at him and the balance is $0. “What you mean $0! Scan em again”. Every month before, on the 3rd, there was $750 to keep his kids alive with food on the table.

Now what’s uncle gonna do?

No kalo in the ground, cause brah, football is on. Only the ha’ole’s grow kalo anymore. Sweet potato takes 3 months to have edible tubers. The kids start crying after a few days. What, you gonna rob and steal from somebody who was more prepared? You gonna start to learn how to farm in this chaos. Cause not just you, over 40% of Hawai’i is employed by the government and all the people relying on food stamps, oh, America is broke, no more money. Pau!

You going be pau with them? or you gonna be Hawai’ian and live? You going respect the ‘aina and plant food? You going make sure the keiki have enough food that if Matson stops, they not going notice?

It’s time we wean our citizens off of handouts. Payments of money only encourage the disenfranchised to further depress our economy because of the nature of the process. EBT money goes to a person who shops for the cheapest food, which is typically government subsidized corn products imported from the mainland. The person eating this gets health problems and further drains the economy. The money instantly vanishes from the local economy only serving the store employees and the owner.

If instead of money, Hawai’i’s land is opened up, a person can grow enough food to sustain themselves and have enough left over to sell for some extra money. In Hawai’i we can grow year round, so there is no excuse for not directly providing for sustenance. The state can take the role of sponsoring master gardeners that advise and coordinate production instead of feigning support as they do now.

How to design a successful system in a Chop and Drop economy? Relax, everything is at your feet already. With this familiar way of looking at things any one any where can be prosperous. Nature favors practitioners of chop and drop.

Distance and weight will become the two principle factors dominating price again. Scarcity will become scarce as things are so localized that unknowns are quite unknown as desires switch from ipods and makeup to common basics such as food and water.

Think close to home. If it’s heavy and you have to move it, that requires energy. The further away you get things before you use them, the more energy system consumes and the less that can be extracted from it as a usable product.

It’s time to think seriously about local food production. Natural Farming allows a farmer to grow immaculately nutritious food using all local inputs. No need to ship in fertilizer or go further than your front yard to become a provider. The Big Island could potentially feed Oahu’s hordes… but what value do they have to trade us in return?

The best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago, the second best time is now.

Aloha ea ‘ai!