At the Hawaii Public Seed Initiative on the island of Kauai tiny packets of seeds were handed out filled with the promise of lettuce. Well, I am happy to say the lettuce has completely filled the tiny space they were given in my 10 x 10 garden. The seeds were very vigorous with a high germination rate and 100% survival when I transplanted the tiny seedlings to wider spacing in early December. Today, less than two months from the time they went in the ground some are ready to eat! I wanted to share these photos of the healthy edibles before me; the bugs and my friends’ pet bunny begin to chomp away.
The Public Seed Initiative will consist of workshops on each of the five main Hawaiian Islands, with two workshops scheduled on each island over the course of the next two years. The goals of the project are to increase the community’s knowledge of and practical experience with seed production. Partnering in this effort are The Kohala Center, the University of Hawaii at Manoa Extension Service, Regenerations Botanical Garden, and multiple farms and organizations throughout the state.
The next workshop for farmers and gardeners on Seed Saving Basics will be held on Oahu at the Lyon Arboretum on Saturday, March 24th, and Sunday March 25th, with an optional farm tour on Monday March 26th. The cost of the workshop is $50 for both days, this includes lunch. Five youth Scholarships will be offered to K11 thru college level students who are interested in Agriculture.