We love this article in the Splenid Table blog on Fritz Haeg’s Edible Estates project. We should all be growing more of our own food, and Fritz’s designs make edible gardens beautiful enough replace your landscaped front yard. Check out the full article here at the Splendid Table.
Fresh, seasonal, flowers are a big part of our mission at Paiko, and we are proud to source most of these beauties on-island. Our friend Jason Silverstein is a favorite Oahu farmer, always amazing us with the blooms he brings in from his East Oahu property and the neighboring Waiahole Fresh Farm. We took a trip out to Jason’s jungle oasis with Paiko contributor Marcela Biven to get a peek into his life in paradise.
Written by Marcela Biven :
The drive to Waiahole is a magical one- one road swaying to-and-fro through long legged trees and eye gaping vistas. Grey concrete is replaced with the depth of chlorophyll green, massaging the eyes and stimulating the senses. Yet this is only the introduction to the natural grandeur that has taken root through the efforts of Jason Silverstein and the crew at Waiahole Fresh Farm.
You can find traces of the land in Jason’s daily tea and edible odds and ends. He is in a serious relationship with the land in the most playful and lively way possible: dutifully caring for and managing the acres of land he oversees while climbing banana trees and honing his archery skills with target practice. Everything is familiar to him, both necessary and possessing a name. Yet, the plants are not organized by rows and clusters but rather find their place in a natural, varied landscape. Demanding zealous work, vigilance and trust in the land, this style of farming is called permaculture.
An island boy through and through, Jason studied geography in college but found his essential passion in cultivating the land. Harboring a love of emerald forest plants, he and his canine companions meander about his own verdant three acres, separate from Waiahole, spying bananas, ginger and the occasional stray rooster. Speaking of roosters, Jason doubles as a sculptor creating wildly beautiful arrangements made from local plants and, lo and behold, roosting roosters! Thus creating pieces with unique life, personality and pizzaz.
With ease and a laugh constantly lodged in his throat, Jason lives a life that mirrors the varied beauty of the flowers, trees, shrubs and roots on his land. And much like the fantastical wolf t-shirts he wears, which he admits to having invigorating energy properties, he’s a force of aloha to be reckoned with.
This Monday we wanted to share our appreciation for local garden guru Heidi Bornhorst, and her Hawaii Gardens column. Every week she reveals something fascinating about the islands’ plant life, whether its sharing how the H3 freeway led to a new Koa grove, giving a bio on ohelo berries, or answering common landscape questions.Heidi always give you a greater appreciation for living in the beautiful jungle that is Hawaii.
This week’s column is on all of the amazing trees in bloom in the heat of June. Find Hawaii Gardens in the ‘Today’ section of the Star Advertiser every Monday. Archives pre 2011 can be found here.
The Chelsea Flower Show in London is the epicenter of the floral and garden world, and we were sooo excited to visit a few weeks ago! We came back from England brimming with inspiration for Paiko, and we can’t wait to put our ideas into action this year.
We have been proud to carry University of Hawaii’s non-GMO seeds since day one at Paiko, and the question we get asked most often is “How can these papaya seeds be non-GMO?”. Although most papaya in Hawaii are now from GMO stock (GMO papayas took over in the 1990s as a way to save the industry from the rampant and devastating ring-spot virus), UH is proud to declare its papaya seeds GMO-free. Watch this fascinating video to learn how they produce organic papaya seeds, and certify their purity.
While browsing around doing research for another project, we came across this article on native plants on Honolulu Magazine’s website. The piece is by Lavonne Leong, with absolutely breathtaking photos by Olivier Koning. We hope you are as inspired by these images as we are.
“Life. With Plants” is the mantra of The Planthunter, the online magazine that is perhaps our favorite thing on all of the internet right now. This Australian based publication serves to celebrate and inspire a deeper connection to plants, exploring through gorgeous photography and beautifully written stories humans’ ‘love of plants’, and the beauty and diversity of the plant world. Keeping us engrossed for hours, plants have never been so entertaining and inspiring until seen through the Planthunter‘s lens that draws ‘connections between art, philosophy, food, culture, and plants’.
Photo by Hawaii Nature Center
At Paiko, we are always looking for new ways to connect to the community through nature. In that spirit, we wanted to share our discovery of a local organization whose mission is to foster appreciation & understanding of Hawaii’s environment & encourage stewardship of the Hawaiian Islands by educating our keiki.
Since 1981, the Hawaii Nature Center (HNC) has been offering hands-on investigative field study programs for elementary & middle school children. Their programs expose children to the range of ecosystems here in Hawaii, including watershed, coastal, marsh & forest environments. In addition to their summer day-camp programs & family-friendly guided hikes, check out the HNC calendar to find out about upcoming botanical outings for all ages. Coming up are events like the Manoa Cliff Trail Hike, a moderate hike for adults focusing on native plants, or Bubblemania where your 3-5 yr old learns how insects use bubbles & makes their own bubble art.