I attended the Mahi’ai: A Short-Film Collective which is a film festival to promote local, small-scale agriculture in Hawai’i. It was organized by a group of recent UH college grads to engage and connect people in the community and talk about our food source.
Here are links to some of the films they showed:
- Age Of The Farmer
by Spencer MacDonald
- Our Land
by The Greenhorns
- Perennial Plate
by Daniel Klein and Mirra Fine
- Aina: That Which Feeds Us
by Living Ancestors
Counting down to our first harvest next week our class decided to practice harvesting and put a CSA bag together. Each of us in the class contributed a crop or two to the “pretend” CSA bag and it turned out to be a thing of beauty.
Now let me just set the expectation that my own personal harvest will probably NOT look this bountiful, but I am hopeful.
CSA stands for community-supported agriculture where an association of individuals pledge to support a local farmer and in turn those individuals get their share of produce when harvests begin. The CSA customers also share the risks associated with food production which they take into consideration before becoming a member.