Sustainability Guide 2011 / Rock a Plot
Urban agriculture becomes more enticing as food prices go up and employment rates go down. But if your apartment building doesn’t have a rooftop garden, where do you begin?
[Honolulu.gov] is a great place to start. It lists the locations of the 10 community garden sites in the city’s program. Honolulu Botanical Gardens’ Community Recreational Gardening Program has been providing access to garden plots in densely populated communities since 1975. The average plot size is about 10 feet by 10 feet with annual dues and fees, depending on the garden location.
If the waiting list for a plot is to too long for the location nearest you, [communitygarden.org] has information for starting your own community garden, as well as some useful gardening tips.
You can even tweet your way to a successful garden. The following users provide tips that are specific to community gardening: @urbangardens, @LifeOnTheBlcny, @gardenersrake1 and @GardenCommunity. —Fernando Pacheco
An ancient Chinese proverb says, “The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” Hawaiian Legacy Hardwoods’ (HLH) mission is such: to preserve tropical hardwoods for Hawaii’s future generations starting today. Think an Adopt-a-Highway program that’s paved in beautiful hardwoods instead of cement, and you have HLH, an in-development tree farm planning a 2,700-acre sustainable forestry project on the Big Island that’ll allow individuals to own tropical hardwood trees, like koa, grown in the state of Hawaii on their behalf. Due to the nature of the forestry management process, trees must be ordered in lots of 100 at a current pre-planting price of $7,396 for koa. HLH considers accountability by integrating unique information and GPS (computer chips registered specifically to the tree owner) that tracks each trees ownership, growth, and maintenance. With an opportunity to reduce global warming and a chance for considerable profit, it’s one of the more sustainable investments for Hawaii businesses. —Matt DeKneef