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The Conversation: Organic Solutions for Hawaii's Produce and Pests

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Today we talk organics, and what to you do if you are trying to reduce the chemicals used to kill or keep away creepy crawlers, rust or fungus. To some people, it’s important to go all natural.

Joining us today are: 

  • Evan Ryan is a Maui Farmer, agricultural landscape designer, consultant, and educator.  He is the author of Hawai'i Home Gardens: Growing Vegetables in the Subtropics Using Holistic Methodsand the founder of Pono Grown Farm Center, a non-profit that hosts internships, classes and workshops on a 15-acre site that raises vegetables, fruits, chickens and bees.

  • Tane Datta has been farming on Hawaii Island for forty years. Tane grows micro mix, edible flowers, herbs, salad greens, avocados and medicinal plants, such as kava, on his farm in Honaunau. Tane, along with his wife Maureen, also run the Adaptations, Inc. CSA, which distributes produce from small organic farmers to buyers across the Big Island.

  • Jay Bost is the senior farm coach for GoFarm Hawaii, an intensive program that teaches beginning farmers how to care for and manage their own farm. Jay also works with the Hawaii Seed Growers Network, Farmlink Hawaii, and the Waimanalo Co-op. 


Catherine Cruz is the Host of The Conversation and a member of HPR’s news team. She has been a television reporter in Hawai‘i since 1983 and has won a number of awards and respect from a statewide audience. She spent more than thirty years at KITV, covering beats from government to education and health. Originally from Guam, Cruz is also a co-founder and former Board member and programming chair of Pacific Islanders in Communication (PIC). Catherine is a graduate of San Francisco State University with a degree in Broadcast Journalism.
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