September 2014

Aloha Green Rows Ohana,

Our usual newsletter was delayed and most of our events for August were canceled due to the threat of two hurricanes. We had a few cloudy days and some rain- nothing extreme. However, our thoughts are with those residents of the Big Island who are still without electricity as the clean up continuesThe storm was a reminder of how vulnerable our small island chain can be out in the pacific. As the hurricanes loomed closer large ships carrying goods and food from the mainland were turned away by the Coast Guard.  While we were very lucky not to be hit there was still a clear message for us at the farm: in the face of crisis, self-sufficiency becomes survival! The more food we can grow on Oahu the more self sufficient and prepared we can be for future crises.

It was pure coincidence that the Permaculture Design course coincided with the timing of the storm… As the clouds rolled in the group discussed how gardens and garden design can help mitigate the effects of major storms and natural disasters, and provide for the community in the aftermath. It was exciting to see the students apply their newfound knowledge to brainstorm disaster preparedness in the garden for a real life scenario. The graduation was a wonderful celebration of change and transformation that is spreading out from Oahu to the world.

While we are on the topic of celebration, I want to remind you all to save the date: October 18th is our next Yogarden Music Festival at the farm! It will be a fun filled day of yoga, garden workshops and live music! Stay tuned for more info and links to tickets- we expect this event to sell out fast!


Upcoming Events:

Sept. 12 - Yogarden Farm-to-table Dinner & Live Music Yoga

Sept. 20 - Home Brewing Workshop with Chris Cook

Sept. 27 - Madre Chocolate & Sky Kombucha Tasting

 Before our winter rains begin, we will have our final Yogarden Farm-to-table Dinner & Live Music Yoga class of the year! Join us on September 12th. Please register by emailing:

 We are hosting two fantastic and delicious workshops in September!  On September 20th, Chris Cook will teach a basic Home Brew class. Have you ever wanted to bottle your own beer? No clue how to start? Interested in throwing in local spices or fruits? Don’t miss this class!  Chris will walk you through a complete hands-on fermentation process. Then enjoy a walking tour of the farm while sipping on Chris’s original Farmhouse Ale. Pre-registration is required, 35$ for the workshop. Please email to reserve your spot!

 Then on the 27th we will be having a local Chocolate and Kombucha pairing. Sky Kombucha and Madre Chocolate will provide samples and pairing of their products. Nat Bletter, from Madre Chocolate, will discuss the bean to bar process and the local ingredients they source to make their amazing products. Followed by a brief tour of the farm’s young permaculture orchard where we will check out the new cacao seedlings. The workshop will be $35, pre-register by emailing .

 We have made some changes to our website, check it out! And don’t forget to peruse through this month’s photo album.  

So many great events to choose from in September! We hope to see you all there!

 Much love and Aloha from this small farm in the middle of the Pacific!


Kai Hinson and Sean Anderson

Green Rows Farm