When a flower doesn’t bloom you fix the environment in which it grows, not the flower. Alexander Den Heijer
Growing plants and food have many things akin to parenting. When we nurture the environment our children are growing up in they have a better chance to succeed. “Gardens are like children. They need protection, loving care and nurturing, until established. Then they will do well on their own.” Marilyn Jansen.
This issue’s theme is farming with a side plate of tips to reduce our family’s toxic exposure. Both are connected.
Farming plays such a pivotal role in the success of our island. With new developments (see page 7) our community’s future is on the cusp of change. Farming can be executed in so many different ways; hopefully regenerative farming (see page 6) will be at the top of the list.
There is so much we can learn from farming. I think Stacey Moniz, Executive Director of The Maui Farm says it best: “The metaphors between women’s empowerment and farming are countless… You can have land that has been mistreated and abused, but given the right support, the ‘aina can come back better than ever before. The same is true for women who have suffered trauma. The Maui Farm is here to provide a safe place and support for women and their children to heal, recover, grow and flourish.” (See page 24).
Living on Maui gives us many opportunities to practice regenerative living (see page 20). Simple ways like recycling boxes into Sunday craft projects (see page 21), growing your own vegetables (see page 10), choosing to use plants instead of toxins (see page 21) or natural products instead of artificial (see page 26). We can also be farmers ourselves (see page 8).
“If a single tree is planted alone on a hill, then it is left to battle the elements alone. If a tree is planted alongside other forestry, those surroundings will protect it; allowing all to flourish. Such is the life of our native forests. The same is true of keiki. A child surrounded and protected by mākua, kūpuna and ‘ohana is healthier.” ~ Koa Hewahewa ~ Hoku Nui Farm.
I hope The Mauimama has created a community where you never feel you are standing alone. We are all here to support each other, grow and create the best and brightest environment for our children to thrive in.
Image Credit: Nick Posante