odd jobs for dogs

Aloha FarmLovers!

National Dog Week is just around the corner… so we are here to celebrate some of the doggies who are historical VIPs on the farm!

Odd Jobs: Four Weird Ways Dogs Have Earned Their Keep

Dogs have been helping out farmers for generations with tasks that humans can’t do. But even in the world of farm dogs there are some gigs that are just plain weird. Here are four odd jobs that pooches have been roped into over the years.

Milk Delivery

A late 19th century photograph from Antwerp, Belgium shows a typical milk cart pulled by dogs. Wikimedia Commons.

Up until the end of the 19th century in Europe, especially Belgium, France, Germany, and the Netherlands, dogs were commonly used by farmers to pull small carts full of milk from the country to the city in order to sell it on the street. The animals were also used to haul vegetable and bread carts, and other goods. The practice was banned in England in the mid-1800s as cruel. Around 190o, in Germany, dogs began being replaced by donkeys for this type of work. keep reading

When & Where to find us this week:

Hale‘iwa/Thurs/2-6. Pearlridge/Sat/8-Noon. Kaka‘ako/Sat/8-Noon. KailuaTown/ Sun/8:30-Noon. Learn more

At The Markets:

EAT FRESH!

Follow our FarmLovers Pinterest pages, for these and many more recipes using fresh, local ingredients! Click each photo to be directed to recipes.

Loaded Bacon & Kimchi Chicken Salad Sandwich

Melt in Your Mouth Potatoes

Clean Eating Chocolate Crunch Bars

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Farming & Climate Change

Aloha FarmLovers!

How to Feed Ourselves in a Time of Climate Crisis

Changing the food system is the most important thing humans can do to fix our broken carbon cycles. Meanwhile, food security is all about adaptation when you’re dealing with crazy weather and shifting growing zones. How can a world of 7 billion—and growing—feed itself? Here are 13 of the best ideas for a just and sustainable food system.

Land Ownership:

1. Indigenous land sovereignty

The world is watching as historic land reforms on the Pacific Island nation of Vanuatu show how to return land sovereignty to indigenous people. The decade-long effort led by Ralph Regenvanu, leader of the Land and Justice Party, is returning control of lands to “customary owners.” More than 80 percent of land in Vanuatu is considered customary: owned by extended families as custodians for future generations.

2. Agroecology, not chemicals

Instead of single crops and fossil fuel-based amendments, agroecology relies on complex natural systems to do a better job: Bean crops that help soil retain nitrogen are rotated with other crops. Farm animal waste is used as fertilizer. Flowers attract beneficial insects to manage pests. Intensive planting of diverse crops requires less water and helps keep weeds under control.

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When & Where to find us this week:

Hale‘iwa/Thurs/2-6. Pearlridge/Sat/8-Noon. Kaka‘ako/Sat/8-Noon. KailuaTown/ Sun/8:30-Noon. Learn more

At The Markets:

EAT FRESH!

Follow our FarmLovers Pinterest pages, for these and many more recipes using fresh, local ingredients! Click each photo to be directed to recipes.

chili mango zesty quinoa salad

roasted cauliflower with figs and olives

7-Ingredient Vegan Key Lime Pies

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Our farmers rock my world.

Aloha FarmLovers!

Yesterday, as I made my breakfast, I was thinking about Labor Day and the service that our growers do for us every day to make sure we have food on our tables. Since it was Monday, the counters were full of fresh produce to turn into delicious meals! The simplicity of Honest Greens pasture-raised eggs, topped with Hiraoka Farm micro-greens, and Fields of Aloha ripe grape tomatoes called my name. I added a side of cucumber and starfruit from Sing Farm to get in a few extra veggies, as this girl can never get enough veggies. Last week I made Chocolate Avocado Pie, a favorite with my gluten-free and sugar-free friends. Special thanks to Laura from Herbs & Things for her magical “Butter Pear” avocados! I also shared a giant pot of Corn and Chicken Chowder to use up all the amazing sweet organic corn I picked up from Kozen Farm. What a treat to eat locally and in season! The love and labor of our farmers nourishes us three times a day. And I for one, am eternally grateful.

Hey Backyard Farmers! If you are interested in learning more about preventing Rat Lungworm on your homegrown produce, click here to learn about a meeting coming up 9/13 & 9/27 with Luisa Castro from HI Dept of Agriculture.

When & Where to find us this week:

Hale‘iwa/Thurs/2-6. Pearlridge/Sat/8-Noon. Kaka‘ako/Sat/8-Noon. KailuaTown/ Sun/8:30-Noon. Learn more

At The Markets:

EAT FRESH!

Follow our FarmLovers Pinterest pages, for these and many more recipes using fresh, local ingredients! Click each photo to be directed to recipes.

roasted zucchini lasagne

CARROT HERB CHEESE TART

Summer Vodka Mint Lemonade Cocktail

SEE YOU ON THE MARKET AISLES!

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