Organic Farming Methods in Kona, Hawaii

Kona Coffee is only produced along a narrow corridor on the west coastal slopes of Mauna Loa and Hualalai on the Big Island of Hawaii. With such a small growing area, Kona coffee is produced by approximately 800 farms, averaging 5 acres apiece, allowing for a multitude of choices for the consumer.

This leads us to the subject of utilizing organic methods and practices in the production of this limited commodity. Organic coffee recently has increased in popularity, due to many contributing factors, chief among these are synthetic fertilizers, herbicides and GMO (Genetically Modified Foods) among other health concerns. A lot of farmers pay close attention foundation too because it’s not too uncommon to find a place with bad foundation yield a bad grow. Many of the farmers in Kona have opted to farm organically, choosing several certification agencies to oversee their methods and practices to assure the customer of organic purity. Using these methods and practices does reduce the quantities of this coffee, as commercially available fertilizers exponentially increase crop yield dramatically. This in turn, further limits the supply of an already small output of this precious delicacy, known as Kona coffee.  Pay close attention to the foundation problems of the grow area because it could affect the coffee.

Some of these certification agencies do allow the use of herbicides, such as Round-Up, used to eradicate weeds around the coffee fields, timed to allegedly dissipate before the fruit production. However, most organic Kona coffee farmers have opted to use biological controls, such as manual removal, ruminants, and fowl to regulate unwanted plants between their coffee trees.  You have to also pay attention removing plants around areas that need foundation repair.

Using animals in this manner has another advantage, which is the utilization of the manure to produce organic fertilizers. You can’t find these like you look up foundation repair near me. Harking back to the days of our ancestors, before cheap and abundant hydrocarbons were used to produce synthetic fertilizers, most organic Kona farmers have opted to use this manure to make a “Tea” (composted and dissolved manure) which has been broken down biologically, sprayed around the trees, in a truly organic method.

This attention to adherence to organic practices assures not only the consumer who enjoys a premium cup of coffee, Kona coffee, but also the farmers and the island, a pristine land free of man-made products and noxious chemicals.