Diga Kern

Joined Kanu Hawaii Jul 14, 2011
Hometown: Pahoa, HI
farmer, educator

About me

I am a 1/3 partner in Dragon's Eye Farm in the area of Kapoho, Puna District, Hawai`i Island. With my partners and children, we grow 90% of the food we consume year-round and contribute food to 10 other families. We raise lettuce and fish in an aquaponic system, have 350 laying hens, 3 dairy cattle, sheep, soil gardens, and orchards. The farm has adopted the Korean Natural Farming method which emphasizes respect for nature and generating agricultural inputs from farm by-products. I volunteer in the local Koa`e 4-H Club teaching Personal Development, and chair Dragon's Eye Learning Center which offers children's programs, adult workshops, and internships relating to ecological agriculture in Hawai`i.

Why I love Hawaii

I love Hawai`i because we are blessed to be able to grow food year-round! I also very much appreciate the diversity of cultural backgrounds that influence Island life. Hawai`i has the potential to be substantially food and energy independent, these values of decentralization and localization I hold dearly. And, of course, the beach!

My interests

I have played music since I was a child and currently enjoy playing in and directing a 7 piece marimba ensemble that rehearses at our farm. I love children and do my best to serve as a positive role model for youth about how people can be responsible, passionate, and creative during these pivotal times on our planet.

Latest Stories shared by Diga Kern

Eat 100% Local for one week -- Day 3

Posted on Sep 28, 2011 | Comments 5

Today, I unexpectedly had to drive my daughter to the Kona side, a 3 hour drive, to see her dentist. So, I got up extra early, milked the cow early which she didn't really like, and put together a lunch. I pulled thawed ground beef from the fridge (left over from yesterday's 4-H lunch), and...

Day 1 of Challenge

Posted on Sep 27, 2011 | Comments 0

Today, I started a week of eating 100% local. I must admit, that this challenge is quite a bit easier for me, as a local organic farmer, than it might be for someone with a different job living in the city. And I know that the ultimate challenge is for us ecological farmers to achieve enough...

Ethics of Meat-Eating

Posted on Sep 22, 2011 | Comments 0

In my 20s, I became a vegetarian due to awareness of the cruelty involved in large-scale meat operations. The vegetarian diet never completely satisfied my hunger and energy requirements. And, I've never been around a pregnant or nursing mother who doesn't crave meat, eggs, or dairy. As I moved...

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