After more than 3 years of land management experience on Kauai as well as an active education in sustainability & agriculture, I feel excited and well qualified to participate in the vision and expansion of Steel Grass Farms. Recently, I have been studying and practicing methods of soil science, fertilization programs, integrative pest management, grafting/cloning, site planning, agricultural business practices, wholesale marketing and much more from state experts on Kauai. I look forward to the opportunity to further apply these skills in a professional setting.
Head caretaker for Tora Smart and Denise Kaufman's 3 acre farm/estate property. Wide variety of duties including the management of over 20 mature fruit bearing trees and planting nearly as many new trees. This includes nutritional programs, irrigation, pruning, harvesting and managing sales. I also orchestrate the planting, managing and expanding of the vegetable gardens. In addition, I have taken over management responsibilities for a neighboring avocado orchard with more than 30 mature trees.
Assisted in the management of, pruning, and harvesting of over 500 mature coconut trees. Duties also including mowing with a tractor, weed whipping, planting a wide variety of fruit trees, pruning, harvesting, clearing and felling trees with a chainsaw, irrigation installation, planting a kukui grove and various other tasks.
General farm duties including field preparation, soil fertility, planting, and harvesting a wide variety of annual crops to provide for a successful CSA program.
I am currently completing the final semester of my undergrad degree as a part time student through Prescott College's distance learning program which includes a mixture of online courses as well as self designed independent studies. This fall I will be conducting my senior project which will be exploring methods for establishing stronger food security in Hawaii.
I have been participating in Kauai's GoFarm program (a UH satellite program at KCC) since February and it ends July 31. Through this program, I have toured and volunteered at more than ten successful farming operations around the island, including Jerry Ornellas's large scale lychee and longon production. In this class, I have learned directly from the state's experts on soil science, fertilization programs, integrative pest management, grafting/cloning, site planning, agricultural business practices, wholesale marketing and much more.
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