Today we had the privilege to visit Ma’o Farms, and UH West Oahu. At Ma’o Organic Farms we toured the farmed and saw how they grow and help the community. During the tour we learned that Ma’o originally stood for Mala (Garden) ‘Ai (Food) Opio (People/ Residents). The system that the students go through on the farm was taught to us along with how they are able to provide produce for so many different stores and restaurants everyday. After our tour, helping out on the farm was our next task where we helped build a foundation for a wall and pulled weeds in one of their produce beds. After helping out on the farm, we were able to see a demonstration about a salad dressing that is very popular throughout the farm.
Later we visited UH West Oahu’s Student Mala where we cleaned sweet potatoes for other students to eat, learned about the plants that are grown in the garden, and cut up coconut husk for planting.