The Taro Tattler

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    The Taro Tattler, Volume 4, No.2 - 1992
    (College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, University of Hawaii, 1992-06)
    As summer is upon us, we thought it was a good time to do a little story-folder cleaning. In this issue we would like to let you know who else is growing and eating taro and what kind of foods they are making. We'd also like to get you more acquainted with some of the research that is going on, on behalf of the taro industry. Our thanks go out to those readers who have given us some positive feedback about the Tattler. At the same time, we welcome a number of new readers. We'd also like to say Aloha to our new taro farmers out there-the tradition does live on! Ramon de la Pena and LaFrance Kapaka of Kauai report that 21 "new" taro farmers graduated from their taro production course on August 1st! Congratulations to all!
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    The Taro Tattler, Volume 3, No.4 - 1991
    (College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, University of Hawaii, 1991-09)
    In this issue of a newsletter series that includes both real taro market and industry news and stories about imaginary growers and processors, the fictional grower Leilani develops packaging and labeling to expand her market for taro leaf (lu'au).
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    The Taro Tattler, Volume 6, No.1 - 1994
    (College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, University of Hawaii, 1994-09)
    Howzit! Yes, it has been a long time since our last Taro Tattler. In fact last year we only got to put out one issue, Vol. 5. No. 1, January-August 1993. Actually, we did try to get a Tattler or two together but the dog ate the drafts ...really =:) Anyway, we're excited to have the chance to touch base again with you and fill you in on the latest taro happenings. But, before we start, we'd like to take a minute to say thank you to all who have contributed to the betterment of the taro industry. Folks, the only way taro is going to continue to grow and prosper on all islands is with continued (and perhaps intensified) hard work by those who have most to gain - you! We also need to keep up the lines of communication because there are a number of new taro production projects on the drawing boards out there, and if they all come on line at once or shoot for the same market problems are soon to follow. This may also be true of the many community-based projects, folks we are all in this together as a state not one valley against another. Now today we start with a couple more creative projects from our factitious family, Leilani and Rachael, and their friends. We continue with some information which may help people understand the recurrent "poi shortage", we then present some research results that may be of great value to you, and finally we just saunter though a whole lot of other stuff, so fasten your seat belt.
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    The Taro Tattler, Volume 5, No.1 - 1993
    (College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, University of Hawaii, 1993-01)
    We hope you've been well since last we wrote. Lots of good things have been happening in taro since last December. One is the come back of the taro lo'i in Kauai - recovery has been slow but steady. Another were the awesome Taro Festivals put on by the spirited people of East Maui and the good folks at Windward Community College. On the down side, as usual we are having our annual summer poi shortage. Now this can be viewed in one of two ways, the first can be that it will never be solved and we just have to live with it, or the second is to see this as an enormous opportunity and then try to plan and plant your crop to hit this part of the year - the choice is yours! We'd again like to welcome some 200 new Tattler readers; our circulation is now about 1,200! Thanks also to those who've called to say they are liking what they read. So with no further ado....
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    The Taro Tattler, Volume 4, No.3 - 1992
    (College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, University of Hawaii, 1992-09)
    When it comes to sources of information, marketing ideas, business and production planning, farm safety tips and the like, . these concepts are basically universal - we just use taro as an example. One of those universal topics we discuss in this issue is that of medical insurance for farmers and their families. We also bring you back in the kitchen with taro leaf recipes from around the world, and show you a new idea from our imaginary company, NoKaOiFoods. We also take a look at one of NaKaOi's concise one page business plans for their new product.