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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Goat Milking Fun!

Brigitte milks her first goat. She's from Switzerland where all girls are taught to braid hair and milk goats.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Just Say No to Monsanto




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Monday, November 26, 2012

Happiness is a good scratch.



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Sunday, November 25, 2012

A couple of new additions to our farm this afternoon, Seabass and Trippy. Way to go Snow Pea! Here comes the milk and cheese!



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Friday, November 23, 2012

Holy Frijole, what are we throwing in the truck and hauling to the Keauhou Farmers Market?





Dehydrated Unsalted and Salted Macadamia Nuts
Macadamia nut oil
Macadamia nut butter
Sourdough Whole Wheat Bread 
Sourdough round breads w/ basil garlic 
Macadamia Nut Whole Wheat Pasta 
Portuguese Kale / Collard Greens
Toscano Kale
Russian Kale
Parsley
Fresh baked Macadamia Nut Banana Bread
Sourdough Basil Pizza Dough

Alert!!!!! New Item: Mackers, Macadamia Nut Whole Wheat Crackers!


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Friday, November 16, 2012

See you at the Keauhou Farmers Market tomorrow!




What we are bringing:

Dehydrated Unsalted and Salted Macadamia Nuts
Macadamia nut oil
Macadamia nut butter
Sourdough Whole Wheat Bread So
urdough round breads w/ basil garlic 
Macadamia Nut Whole Wheat Pasta 
Pineapple Coconut Bars w/ Macadamia Nuts
Portuguese Kale / Collard Greens
Toscano Kale
Russian Kale
Parsley
Fresh baked Macadamia Nut Banana Bread
Mochadamia Nut Squares
Kona Coffee Brownies
Chocolate Macaroons
Double Ginger Cookies
New Item: Sourdough Basil Pizza Dough



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Thursday, November 15, 2012

GMO letter to local grocers

Here is a letter I am leaving with the management of every grocery store I shop. Feel free to use it, or change it to fit your needs, just hold these grocers accountable for knowing what they are selling, and put them on notice that you will boycott any company that does not support total transparency of our food system.



Dear Local Grocer,

I, in good conscience, can no longer purchase the following products or any products I find to have been manufactured or distributed by the corporations listed below. I have chosen to do this for their lack of concern of GMOs in our food and their donations to defeat common sense GMO labeling laws. The final word on GMO safety in our food system hasn't been spoken yet, and until such time, I, as a consumer, want to know which foods contain GMOs. Hawai’i will soon decide on GMO labeling laws, for it is an idea whose time has come. Really, by law I get to know how much salt is in my foods, but not GMOs. Take a stand, and help us local shoppers know what’s in our food. As a local food supplier, until such time that GMO labeling laws are in place, I believe it is your responsibility to be able to answer questions consumers have about GMOS and which foods contain them. Thank you for your consideration.

• PepsiCo (Donated $2.5M): Naked Juice, Tostito's Organic, Tropicana Organic

• Kraft (Donated $2M): Boca Burgers and Back to Nature

• Safeway (Member of Grocery Manufacturers Association, which donated $2M):"O" Organics

• Coca-Cola (Donated $1.7M): Honest Tea, Odwalla

• General Mills (Donated $1.2M): Muir Glen, Cascadian Farm, Larabar

• Con-Agra (Donated $1.2M): Orville Redenbacher's Organic, Hunt's Organic, Lightlife, Alexia

• Kellogg's (Donated $791k): Kashi, Bear Naked, Morningstar Farms, Gardenburger

• Smuckers (Donated $555k): R.W. Knudsen, Santa Cruz Organic

• Unilever (Donated $467k): Ben & Jerry's • Dean Foods (Donated $254k): Horizon, Silk, White Wave

Sincerely,
Douglas Pittman
South Kona Farmer




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Friday, November 9, 2012

Holy Mackeral, what are we bringing to Keauhou Farmers Market?




Dehydrated and Salted Macadamia Nuts
Macadamia nut oil
Macadamia nut butter
Sourdough Whole Wheat Bread (Now 100% Organic)
Sourdough round breads w/ basil garlic (Now 100% Organic)
Macadamia Nut Whole Wheat Pasta (Now 100% Organic)
Pineapple Coconut Bars w/ Macadamia Nuts
Portuguese Kale / Collard Greens
Toscano Kale
Russian Kale
Cilantro
Parsley
Fresh baked Macadamia Nut Banana Bread
Mochadamia Squares
New Item: Sourdough Basil Pizza Dough



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GMO labeling works!

Here is an example of labeling that didn't seem to add costs to this product. Start demanding GMO labeling from your food producers. You have a right to know what you are eating. That's awesome, no aluminum AND NO GMOs. Yeah, Rumford!





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A list of contributors to defeat California Prop 37, labeling foods Contining GMOs


Here is a list of companies that gave money to defeat California's Prop 37, to label foods that contain GMOs. They gave their money to keep you in the dark about what you are eating. They raised more than $45 million. Ask yourself, "Do you think they gave all this money to keep your food safe and healthy?" A whole bunch of tricks and lies can be bought with $45 million. This is how Prop 37 was defeated. Do what you want, but I believe we all need to boycott products associated with these greedy bastards. With current technology we can farm and feed the world WITHOUT GMOs. GMOs are biopiracy and an insipid form of what I call 'capitalist slavery', where the corporations start to dictate people's lives. In their world money trumps decency, and the head asshole makes it to the top of the list. Monsanto gave over $8 million. Read my other post, "A brief history of Monsanto." If there ever was evil incarnate, I'd say Monsanto fit the bill. This list is in order of amount of contributions, starting with the largest($8 million from Monsanto) to smallest ($1,000). Even Godiva Chocolate, and Smuckers? Let's get them where it hurts, boycott their products!


MONSANTO                                                 
E.I. DUPONT DE NEMOURS & CO.
PEPSICO, INC
GROCERY MANUFACTURERS ASSOCIATION
BASF PLANT SCIENCE
BAYER CROPSCIENCE
DOW AGROSCIENCES LLC
SYNGENTA CORPORATION
KRAFT FOODS GLOBAL, INC.
NESTLE USA, INC.
COCA-COLA NORTH AMERICA
GENERAL MILLS, INC.
CONAGRA FOODS
KELLOGG COMPANY
SMITHFIELD FOODS, INC.
DEL MONTE FOODS COMPANY
CAMPBELL SOUP COMPANY
THE J.M. SMUCKER COMPANY
HERSHEY COMPANY
H.J. HEINZ COMPANY
MARS INCORPORATED
HORMEL FOODS CORPORATION
UNILEVER
BIMBO BAKERIES USA
BUMBLE BEE FOODS, LLC
OCEAN SPRAY CRANBERRIES, INC.
COUNCIL FOR BIOTECHNOLOGY INFORMATION
SARA LEE CORPORATION
PINNACLE FOODS GROUP LLC
DEAN FOODS COMPANY
BIOTECHNOLOGY INDUSTRY ORGANIZATION
BUNGE NORTH AMERICA, INC.
MCCORMICK & COMPANY, INC.
RICH PRODUCTS CORPORATION
ABBOTT NUTRITION
CARGILL, INC.
FLOWERS FOODS, INC.
MONDELEZ INTERNATIONAL
DOLE PACKAGED FOODS COMPANY
WELCH FOODS, INC.
KNOUSE FOODS COOPERATIVE, INC.
LAND O'LAKES, INC.
SUNNY DELIGHT BEVERAGES COMPANY
WM. WRIGLEY JR. COMPANY
TREE TOP, INC.
CLEMENT PAPPAS & COMPANY, INC.
HILLSHIRE BRANDS COMPANY
MEAD JOHNSON NUTRITION COMPANY
HERO NORTH AMERICA
FARIBAULT FOODS, INC.
SOLAE, LLC
MCCAIN FOODS USA, INC.
GODIVA CHOCOLATIER, INC.
STARLITE MEDIA LLC
B&G FOODS, INC.
CLOROX COMPANY
BRUCE FOODS CORPORATION
GOYA DE PUERTO RICO, INC.
C. H. GUENTHER & SON, INC.
GOYA FOODS GREAT LAKES
MORTON SALT
HIRZEL CANNING COMPANY
REILY FOODS COMPANY
INVENTURE FOODS, INC.
SNACK FOOD ASSOCIATION
CROPLIFE AMERICA
SARGENTO FOODS, INC.
IDAHOAN FOODS, LLC
MOODY DUNBAR, INC.
PCS ADMINISTRATION (USA) INC.
HOUSE-AUTRY MILLS, INC.
FOUR K FARMS
JMR FARMS, INC.
TRI-CAL IN




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Thursday, November 8, 2012

Garden Views

Good food grown local.

Tatsoi

Russian Kale

Toscano Kale

Sweet Basil

Parsley

The next dragon fruit blooms.

Winter Kale on the way.


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Friday, October 26, 2012

What goodies are being crammed into my truck and headed for the Keauhou Farmers Market?





Dehydrated and Salted Macadamia Nuts (Or Unsalted)
Sourdough Whole Wheat Bread (Now 100% Organic)
Sourdough round breads w/ basil garlic (Now 100% Organic)
Macadamia Nut Whole Wheat Pasta (Now 100% Organic)
Pineapple Coconut Bars w/ Macadamia Nuts
Baby Bok Choi
Tatsoi
Portuguese Kale / Collard Greens
Toscano Kale
Russian Kale
Lemon Basil
Sweet Basil
Thai Basil
Cilantro
Parsley
Fresh baked Macadamia Nut Banana Bread
Mochadamia Squares
New Item: Sourdough Basil Pizza Dough (Always Organic)


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Friday, October 19, 2012

What in the name of all things Holy are we hauling to Saturday's Keauhou Farmers Market?




Macadamia Nut Oil
Dehydrated and Salted Macadamia Nuts (Or Unsalted)
Dragon Fruit
Sourdough Whole Wheat Bread (Now 100% Organic)
Sourdough round breads w/ basil garlic (Now 100% Organic)
Macadamia Nut Whole Wheat Pasta (Now 100% Organic)
Pineapple Coconut Bars w/ Macadamia Nuts
Baby Bok Choi
Tatsoi
Portuguese Kale / Collard Greens
Toscano Kale
Russian Kale
Lemon Basil
Sweet Basil
Thai Basil
Cilantro
Parsley
Fresh baked Macadamia Nut Banana Bread
Mochadamia Squares
New Item: Sourdough Basil Pizza Dough (Always Organic)



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Friday, October 12, 2012

Holy Mackeral, what are we bringing to Keauhou Farmers Market?




Dehydrated and Salted Macadamia Nuts
Dragon Fruit
Sourdough Whole Wheat Bread (Now 100% Organic)
Sourdough round breads w/ basil garlic (Now 100% Organic)
Macadamia Nut Whole Wheat Pasta (Now 100% Organic)
Pineapple Coconut Bars w/ Macadamia Nuts
Swiss Chard
Baby Bok Choi
Portuguese Kale / Collard Greens
Toscano Kale
Russian Kale
Lemon Basil
Cilantro
Parsley
Green Onions
Fresh baked Macadamia Nut Banana Bread
Mochadamia Squares
New Item: Sourdough Basil Pizza Dough

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Friday, October 5, 2012

What in the blue blazes are we bringing to the Keauhou Farmers Market?

 
 
 
Dehydrated and Salted Macadamia Nuts
Dragon Fruit
Sourdough Whole Wheat Bread (Now 100% Organic)
Sourdough round breads w/ basil garlic (Now 100% Organic)
Macadamia Nut Whole Wheat Pasta (Now 100% Organic)
PineappleCoconut Bars w/ Macadamia Nuts
Swiss Chard
Baby Bok Choi
Portuguese Kale / Collard Greens
Toscano Kale
Russian Kale
Sweet Basil
Cilantro
Parsley
Green Onions
Fresh baked Macadamia Nut Banana Bread
Mochadamia Squares
New Item: Sourdough Basil Pizza Dough


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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Newly Refurbished bus stop.

Newly landscaped rest stop makes it unnecessary to hoof it back to the house for a 'rest. Notice the beautiful pineapple plants. Pinch a loaf, pick a pineapple, this is Hawai'i.


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A Brief History of Monsanto



The following is from a paper entitled:
THE GMO EMPEROR HAS NO CLOTHES A Global Citizens Report on the State of GMOs - False Promises, Failed Technologies Entire paper can be seen here: http://seedfreedom.in/learn/what-is-seed-freedom/ 

THE HISTORY OF MONSANTO
A Timeline: 1901-2009* Over its 108-year history, Monsanto Co (MON.N), the world’s largest seed company, has evolved from primarily an industrial chemical concern into a pure agricultural products company. Following is a timeline of the St. Louis, Missouri-based company’s history published by Reuters, 11 November 2009.
1901 - Original Monsanto founded as a maker of saccharine by John F. Queeny and named after his wife, Olga Monsanto Queeny.
1920s and 1930s - Manufacturers sulfuric acid and other chemicals, including polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), which are later implicated in reproductive, developmental and immune system disorders.
1940s - Manufactures plastics and synthetic fabrics
1960s - Establishes agricultural division with focus on herbicides.
1962-1971 - Becomes one of principal companies supplying herbicide known as Agent Orange to U.S. military for use in Vietnam War. Agent Orange is later linked to various health problems, including cancer. 1976 - Commercializes Roundup herbicide, which goes on to be a top seller around the world.
1969:  Produces Agent Orange, which was used as a defoliant by the U.S. Government during the Vietnam War. I have myself seen defoliated trees over a hundred miles south of Hanoi in 1982.
1976: Monsanto produces Cycle-Safe, the world‟s first plastic soft-drink bottle. The bottle, suspected of posing a cancer risk, is banned the following year by the Food and Drug Administration of the U.S.
1982 - Some 2,000 people are relocated from Times Beach, Missouri, after area is contaminated with PCB by-product dioxin. Critics say a St. Louis-area Monsanto chemical plant was a source but company denies any connection.
1986: Monsanto found guilty of negligently exposing a worker to benzene at its Chocolate Bayou Plant in Texas. It is forced to pay $100 million to the family of Wilbur Jack Skeen, a worker who died of leukaemia after repeated exposures.
1986: Monsanto spends $50,000 against California‟s anti-toxics initiative, Proposition 65. The initiative prohibits the discharge of chemicals known to cause cancer or birth defects into drinking water supplies. 1987: Monsanto is one of the companies named in an $180 million settlement for Vietnam War veterans exposed to Agent Orange.
1988: A federal jury finds Monsanto Co.‟s subsidiary, G.D. Searle & Co., negligent in testing and marketing of its Copper 7 intrauterine birth control device (IUD). The verdict followed the unsealing of internal documents regarding safety concerns about the IUD, which was used by nearly 10 million women between 1974 and 1986.
1990: EPA chemists allege fraud in Monsanto‟s 1979 dioxin study which found their exposure to the chemical doesn‟t increase cancer risks.
1990: Monsanto spends more than $405,000 to defeat California‟s pesticide regulation Proposition 128, known as the “Big Green” initiative. The initiative was aimed at phasing out the use of pesticides, including Monsanto‟s product Alachlor, linked to cancer and to global warming.
1991: Monsanto is fined $1.2 million for trying to conceal discharge of contaminated waste water into the Mystic River in Connecticut.
1995: Monsanto is sued after allegedly supplying radioactive material for a controversial study which involved feeding radioactive iron to 829 pregnant women.
1995: Monsanto ordered to pay $41.1 million to a waste management company in Texas due to concerns over hazardous waste dumping.
1995: The Safe Shoppers Bible says that Monsanto‟s Ortho Weed-B-Gon Lawn Weed Killer contains a known carcinogen, 2,4 D.
1994 - Wins regulatory approval for its first biotech product, a dairy cow hormone called Posilac.
1996 - Introduces first biotech crop, Roundup Ready soybeans, which tolerate spraying of Roundup herbicide, and biotech cotton engineered to resist insect damage.
1997 - Spins off its industrial chemical and fibers business into Solutia Inc amid complaints and legal claims about pollution from its plants. Introduces new biotech canola, cotton and corn, and buys foundation seed companies.
1998 - Introduces Roundup Ready corn.
2000-2002 - Restructures in deal with Pharmacia & Upjohn Inc; separates agricultural and chemicals businesses and becomes stand-alone agricultural company.
2002-2003 - Jury finds Monsanto plant in Anniston, Alabama, polluted community with PCBs. Monsanto and Solutia agree to pay $600 million to settle claims brought by 20,000 Anniston residents of PCB ground and water contamination.
2003 - Solutia files Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
2004 - Monsanto forms American Seeds Inc holding company for corn and soybean seed deals and begins brand acquisitions.
2005 - Environmental, consumer groups question safety of Roundup Ready crops, say they create “super weeds,” among other problems.
2006-2007 - Buys several regional seed companies and cotton seed leader Delta and Pine Land Co. Competitors allege Monsanto gaining seed industry monopoly.
2008 - Acquires sugarcane breeding companies, and a Dutch hybrid seed company. Sells Posilac business amid consumer and food industry concerns about the dairy cow hormone supplement.
2008-2009 - U.S. Department of Justice says it is looking into monopolistic power in the U.S. seed industry. 2009 - Posts record net sales of $11.7 billion and net income of $2.1 billion for fiscal
2009. Announces project to improve the living conditions of 10,000 small cotton and corn farmers in 1,100 villages in India; donates cotton technology to academic researchers. *http://www.reuters.com/article/2009/11/11/foodmonsanto-idUSN1032100920091111246 

2005: According to the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission, Monsanto bribed at least 140 Indonesian officials or their families to get Bt cotton approved without an environmental impact assessment (EIA). In 2005, Monsanto paid $1.5 million in fines to the US Justice Department for these bribes.
2005: Six Government scientists including Dr. Margaret Haydon told the Canadian Senate Committee of Monsanto‟s „offer‟ of a bribe of between $1-2 million to the scientists from Health Canada if they approved the company‟s GM bovine growth hormone (rbGH) (banned in many countries outside the US), without further study, and how notes and files critical of scientific data provided by Monsanto were stolen from a locked filing cabinet in her office. One FDA scientist arbitrarily increased the allowable levels of antibiotics in milk 100-fold in order to facilitate the approval of rbGH. She had just arrived at the FDA from Monsanto. 2005: The US Patent and Trademark Office rejected four key Monsanto patents related to GM crops that the Public Patent Foundation (PUBPAT) challenged because the agricultural giant is using them to harass, intimidate, sue - and in some cases bankrupt - American farmers. Monsanto 247 devotes more than $10 million per year to such anti-farmer activities, over alleged improper use of its patented seeds.
2005: The Alabama Court Judgement in February 2002 best describes the sort of business that Monsanto is in. In 1966, court documents in a case concerning Anniston residents in the US showed that Monsanto managers discovered that fish dunked in a local creek turned belly-up within 10 seconds, spurting blood and shedding skin as dropped into boiling water. In 1969, they found fish in another creek with 7,500 times the legal PCB level. But they never told their neighbours and concluded that “there is little object in going to expensive extremes in limiting discharges – we can‟t afford to lose one dollar of business”. In fact court documents revealed that the company withheld evidence about the safety of their PCBs to the residents of the town that were being poisoned by their factory to keep their profitable dollars. On February 22, 2002, a court found Monsanto guilty on six counts of Negligence, Wantoness And Supression of the Truth, Nuisance, Trespass And Outrage. Outrage according to Alabama law is conduct “so outrageous in character and extreme in degree as to go beyond all possible bounds of decency so as to be regarded as atrocious and utterly intolerable in civilized society.”
2005: Monsanto omitted incriminating data altogether from its 1996 published study on GM soybeans. When the data was recovered later by an investigator, it showed that GM soy contained significantly lower levels of protein and other nutrients and toasted GM soy meal contained nearly twice the amount of a lectin (protein) that may block the body‟s ability to assimilate other nutrients. Furthermore, the toasted GM soy contained as much as seven times the amount ot trypsin inhibitor, a major soy allergen. Monsanto named their study: “The composition of glyphosate-tolerant soybean seeds is equivalent to that of conventional soybeans” In Europe, Monsanto refused to reveal the results of its own secret animal feeding studies, which revealed serious abnormalities to rats fed GM corn, citing CBI (Confidential Business Information) until forced to do so by a German Court. One of its Bt corn products (the only GM crop grown in the EU) was subsequently banned for planting in France and other EU countries based on the appraisal by Seralini of Monsanto‟s own dossier.
2009: A U.S. Federal Court ruled on 24th September, 2009, that USDA violated federal law by allowing Monsanto‟s genetically engineered sugar beet on the market. 2009: As is usually known (and supported by a letter from Meera Shankar, our Ambassador to the U.S., to PMO), it is common for U.S. MNC‟s to bribe Indian officials to achieve their objectives. *

Dr. P. M. Bhargava, architect of molecular biology and biotechnology in India. Is currently the chairman of MARCH (The Medically Aware and Responsible Citizens of Hyderabad). A recipient of the Padma Bhushan and France’s highest civilian honour, Legion d’Honneur, the National Citizens’ Award, founder director of one of the world’s best laboratories in modern biotechnology, the Centre of Cellular and Molecular Biology, Hyderabad, currently a centre of excellence recognized by UNESCO. Mo' Fresh. Mo' Betta.™