Backyard farmers ready to grow

Maui Onion seedlings from the Waimea Young Farmers were distributed on Saturday First Hawaiian Banks in Waimea and ‘Ele‘ele.

A token of $1 enabled backyard farmers access to approximately 100 seedlings.

The Texas Grano 1015Y variety is grown on Maui, which produces a large mild bulb that is very sweet. The nickname for this variety “The million dollar baby” is because of the money spent to develop the seeds.

This variety, Grano 1015Y is a long-day seedling that is grown during the summer. The origin of the seed came from the Long Star State, Texas, and was developed by Texas A & M University. It is referred to as the “sweet as apple.”

The distribution of the seedlings is a service project from the Young Farmers that allows community members to grow their own Maui onions.

The California Young Farmers Organization and the Snow Seed Company provided the seeds to the Waimea Young Farmers. The seedlings were grown in Kekaha and known as “Kekaha Sweet Onions.”

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