Do you feel like you’re always pushing and fighting with what nature wants to do on your farm? Have you considered a slower, more integrated approach to farming, where everything works together to support the whole?

If so, this podcast episode on diversified farming is for you! We are joined by Evan Ryan, Founder of Pono Grown Farm Center, hailing all the way from Makawao, Hawai’i.

Pono Grown Farm Center is a 15-acre diverse farm that offers fruits, vegetables, honey, eggs, plants, land design and educational workshops. They are all about growing in harmony with the land and their community in a way that supports all individuals feeling nourished in every way. Pono Grown Farm Center loves clean water, fresh air, nourishing food, and vibrant community and makes all of their decisions in a way that best offers these to all life. 

After two years of designing and another two years of infrastructure improvements, they are now planting food for the community. They also offer a community honey processing facility for backyard beekeepers and are home to Maui Seed Savers that is working to build a healthy culture of seed saving and breeding using mother nature’s natural techniques to create locally adapted plant varieties.

Tune in today to hear all about the inner (and outer) workings of this diverse, exotic farm!

In This Episode:

What brought Evan to Maui 1:58

What Pono Grown looked like the first few years 4:20

The biggest mistakes people getting into permaculture make 6:35

The types of energy the farm runs on 8:37

How Pono Grown goes about marketing 12:51

What the Hawai’i Seed Growers Network is 18:25

Hawai’i Home Gardens 20:19

Evan’s favorite crop to grow 24:50

How Evan goes about hiring the right help 27:39

What the bed preparation is like on Pono Grown 33:56

Pono Grown pest management protocol 35:51

The challenges of farming in Maui 43:18

How Evan manages a work/life balance 46:11

About the Guest:

Evan Ryan is a Maui farmer, seed saver, educator and author using holistic agricultural practices combined with a diversified business model. With a background in indigenous agroforestry and permaculture, he started Pono Grown Farm in 2012, both a production farm and education center. 

In addition to 2.5 acres of vegetables, over 400 fruit trees, chickens and bees, the 13-acre landscape is home to a farm based preschool and kindergarten, a thriving internship program, a nature connection summer camp and is a campus for farm apprentice programs, University of Hawai’i ag classes, and residential courses on earth stewardship.

Evan lives on the farm with his wife, Danielle, and 7-year-old son, Bija.


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