The Hawaiian people were completely self-sufficient for over a thousand years. After contact with the rest of the world, the island of Kauai still provided most of its own food until after World War II. In 2010, about 90% of the food comes from somewhere across the ocean. Shortly after taking a permaculture class and reading the Transition Town Handbook, a 7th grade home school in Hawaii decided to try what it could do.
In less than a year, they were able to grow more than enough food to live on in their very ordinary backyard. If that wasn’t enough, they have made an inspiring film about it to encourage others to start growing food that they have released free online.
The 14 minute film teaches about the importance of learning from the host culture, in this case the Hawaiians, to have the most success. Their latest project is building a tilapia fish pond to have stronger protein options and are talking with their neighbours about sharing a goats…
Felicia Alongi Cowden said that “We would like our island of Kauai to become a transition island. We are heavily suggesting it to our leaders. It is under consideration, we are told.”
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