Conservation Practices for Small-Scale Hawaiian Farms

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2015-06-15
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Esgate, Thomas W.
Ilano, Eileen
El-Swaify, Samir
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The purpose of this handbook is to provide small-scale farmers on the Hawaiian Islands with the information necessary to implement effective soil management practices on their farms, with specific focus on soil and water conservation. Small-scale farms are becoming more common in Hawai'i as plantation agriculture involving sugarcane and pineapple has diminished, diversified agriculture has gained a firm foothold, and markets for fresh, local produce have expanded. Small-scale farmers are producing food to feed their families, to meet the increasing demand for locally and sustainably grown agricultural products, and to move the Islands, which import between 60-70% of fresh fruits and vegetables alone, toward food self-sufficiency.
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This material is based upon work supported by the Natural Resources Conservation Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, under Conservation Innovative Grant # NRCS#69-3A75-11-212. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
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conservation, Hawaiian farms, small farms, alley cropping, contour farming, cover crops, soil, Natural Resources Conservation Service, United States Department of Agriculture
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