Oh Oh

Trip Start Nov 13, 2008
Trip End Nov 20, 2008

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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Nice little drive to Up Country (as the interior of Maui is called) to have lunch at O'o farm. It's only about 6 or 7 miles as the crow flies, but because it appears that Monsanto owns all the land in between and has done away with all the roads, it's actually a 32 mile drive in a huge almost-loop.

We actually overshot the farm when we arrived (tiny little sign-post) but because we were early we kept going up the switchbacking mountain road / cow-path, past the lavender farm, past the crazy people paragliding (Sandra sighs) up into the cloud forest and some amazing views over miles of Maui countryside.

O'o is an organic biodynamic farm created by the owners of I'o and Pacific'o restaurants (remember, where we celebrated Sandra's birthday) to meet their upscale arugula and endive etc., requirements. Driven partially by ecological (sustainability, organic, local), partially economics and partially quality reasons, they try to grow all the fruit and vegetables used by the restaurants year-round. There is remarkably little farming of this kind on Maui - there are some large monoculture set-ups (sugar cane, pineapples, taro) but very little diversified farming. One of the reasons is water - there is inadequate natural supply and the have to rely on (expensive) municipal water - which makes the economics very difficult - they've found the best way to balance the books is add the tourist angle; they offer a guided tour and lunch. It was all very pleasant, and the lunch was quite decent, but kind of expensive for what it was. If you know anyone with an allotment or a vegetable garden you'll get pretty much the same tour, but it's unlikely the scenery would match.
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