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KOC hosting sustainable farm tour (with lunch)


Interested in sustainability? Wonder how small farmers, gardeners and food providers are doing it? Join in the Kona Outdoor Circle “Sustainable Farm Tours,” with lunch at Merriman’s, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday, March 31.

The group will carpool from Kailua-Kona to the diverse, organic 2.3 acre Disco family farm in Ahualoa at 2,500 feet. Ben bought the farm he grew up on from his neighbors in 1996 and he and his wife and parents have worked since to make the farm a model of sustainability. They have a small flock of chickens that supply fresh eggs and the occasional stewing hen plus lots of fertilizer. 

They grow about one-third of their own food including veggies and greens as well as staples like corn, taro, soybeans and potatoes. Ben is constantly adding crops to their list, like tea and rare veggie varieties.

After the tour, the group will return to Waimea for a gourmet lunch at Merriman’s Restaurant featuring locally grown products.   

Chef Neil Murphy will answer questions about the ingredients and offer ideas for using locally grown produce. 

Waimea farmer CAB, former owner of Kona Sparkle, will join in a tour of the newly installed kitchen garden at Merriman’s. He will discuss his involvement in the process of installing and maintaining this small, sustainable gem.  

After touring Merriman’s garden, check out the Malaai, culinary gardens at Waimea Middle School. This garden is a prime example of sustainability on limited funds and in a small space. 

The tour offers a chance to view creative, sustainable practices and enjoy a delicious, nutritious gourmet lunch.  An unbeatable opportunity for only $60 for members and $75 for non members. 

Registration is limited.

— Find out more: 

Kona Outdoor Circle: 329-7286,

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