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MOLOA‘A — Learn the hows and whys of eating local this Sunday at Sprit of the Earth Farm through “Eat Here Now,” an edible workshop experience scheduled from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The 16.5-acre biodynamic farm is in Moloa‘a. People can tour the orchard and gardens, eat a farm-fresh light lunch, and learn a few things in the process.

Games and songs will be available for keiki. Also available are short educational programs, including an introduction to biodynamics, information on eating local, and instruction on gardening body mechanics entitled “Hoe-Tai Chi.”

Hand-in-hand with organic and biodynamic farming is local consumption, said Marie Mauger with Spirit of the Earth Farm, and the workshop will equip people with strategies on how to eat locally.

“We vote regularly with our food dollars and that creates the kind of agriculture that we see around us,” Mauger said. “We can all participate in creating agriculture and being an active food citizen.”

Eating locally cuts down on the carbon footprint of the food and its expense, as well as promoting local farmers and becoming a part of the land on which you live.

“You are what you eat and if you eat from this island, you’re incorporating the beauty of Kauai into you,” Mauger said. “We can grow all kinds of foods here and we always have choices. And it’s supporting your local community.”

The Eat Here Now workshop’s cost is $60 per person, with keiki 14 and under free.

Biodynamic farming is a form of agriculture pioneered in 1924 by Austrian philosopher Rudolf Steiner. It uses organic farming principles like the use of compost, crop rotations, companion planting strategies and avoidance of chemical fertilizers and pesticides.

Biodynamics also studies the movements of the moon and planets in order to determine the best times for planting, harvest and cultivation.

Info: Marie Mauger at 822-7899 or info@spiritoftheearthfarm.org.

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