Demonstration Orchard andEducational Center Design
The planned orchard and educational center will be developedon a plot at the Kona Pacific Farmers Cooperative.
The design is the creation of Dick Kuehner, a formerdesigner of visitor attractions for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. It willhave walkways and signage to allow for self-guided tours.
With input from Coop board members, Kaz Shigezawa and othercommunity agriculture groups, the 12 trees orchard will offer a number of featuresthat benefit Kona’s farmers.
The orchard will grow the 12 types of fruit trees chosen byBig Island chefs and others involved in food marketing. There are more than100 types of locally grown fruit in the Kona area. A minimum of 2 trees fromeach of the 12 fruit species will be relocated to the site to develop asustainable polyculture system of production and marketing.
A variety of horticultural techniques will be used for thevarious trees in order to showcase sustainable and organic soil, pest anddisease management practices. Cover crops, mulching, use of organicfertilizers, pheromone traps, and pest control are some of the productiontechnologies that will be demonstrated. Production practices used in Asia notwidely used in Hawaii will be demonstrated. These practices include use offruit coverings and alternative pruning methods to keep the trees short andeasier to harvest. With technical assistance from area farmers, horticulturalpractices will be refined over the remaining years of the project.
The site will demonstrate for growers how a simple agtourismattraction can be established and operated.
Once completed, the orchard will have two sitting areaswhere demonstrations and lectures can be offered.
The site design can be found athttp://www.hawaiifruit.net/12TDw.jpg
For More Information:
Dr. Richard Bowen
Tel: 808-956-8419 Tel:808-323-2417
Fax: 808-956-2865 Fax:808-323-2245