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Building a Community Food Forest

On Monday, June 10, the Sustainable Living Institute of Maui (SLIM), the Maui Farmer’s Union United, and Upcountry Sustainability will present Paul Massey, the co-founder and director of Regenerations Botanical Garden based on Kaua`i. Paul will tell the story of how nonprofits and neighbors came together on Kaua`i to create a permaculture food forest system. He will describe the 5-year journey from first concept through design and installation with photographs and stories, from his perspective as one of the forests’ primary architects. Water harvesting, hardscaping, plant diversity selection, successional planting strategies, and forest maintenance will be explored. Learn how a local community seed network has expanded the outcomes of this project. Resources and assistance will be offered to community groups on Maui who want to begin their own food forest initiatives.


Paul Massey works with a remarkable group of volunteers to advance the application of sustainable food production and community-based stewardship of plant diversity. Paul is a team leader of the Kaua`i Community Seed Bank, Kalihiwai Permaculture Food Forest, and Regenerations Seed Garden. He also co-hosts the weekly radio program “Back to the Garden” on Kaua`i Community Radio (KKCR).


This event will be held at 6:00 pm, at the Multi-Purpose Room in Pilina, on the UH Maui College campus.  It is free and open to the public.  For questions, call 573-9260.

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