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Public Invited to “Restoring Hawaiʻi with Food Forestry” Presentation

The public is invited to a digital slideshow presentation on food forestry on Friday, September 20 from 7-9 p.m. in the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo University Classroom Building room 100. There is no admission charge.

This sap flow system collects transpiration data from nearby kiawe trees, Puu Waawaa HETF Unit.

This sap flow system collects transpiration data from nearby kiawe trees, Puu Waawaa HETF Unit.

“Restoring Hawaiʻi with Food Forestry” is presented by Dave Sansone, owner of the consultation firm Agroforestry Design. Sansone has done intercropping research since 2002 and has worked with over 1000 species of plants.

“Food forestry is a new field in sustainable agriculture that is being used to restore the environment, people’s health, and food security,” Sansone explained. “Food forests mimic a natural forest by interplanting fruit and nut trees, berry shrubs, vines, ground covers, perennial vegetables, and annuals. They can create their own mulch, fertility, and pest control.

“Studies show these systems can be more productive and offer higher nutrition levels compared to monocrop systems,” he added.

Attendees will learn about growing big taro, plant-based erosion control, rare superfoods, and medicinal food plants for diabetes.

The presentation is co-sponsored by the UH Hilo College of Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resource Management and Agroforestry Design.

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