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Let the Worms do the Work - Sustainable Farming at Hawaiian Organic Noni

By: Eric Erickson Friday October 4, 2013 comments Tags: vermiculture, organic farming, sustainable farming, organic noni farm

Many consumers are unaware just how much waste is produced by farming. One of the methods used in organic farming for sustainability is waste composting. Garbage that would otherwise end up in landfills can be reused to fertilize crops. At Hawaiian Organic Noni, Steve Frailey utilizes vermiculture, or vermicomposting, as an elaborate way to describe the use of indigenous earthworms to rapidly facilitate the transformation of waste into an effective soil additive.

Keeping Hawaii Beautiful

Preserving the pristine Hawaiian coastline and landscape is a high priority for organic farmers in the region. Farming practices inevitably produce waste. Researchers at the University of Hawaii at Manoa report that vermiculture can help reduce green-waste that would otherwise end up in landfills and the Pacific Ocean. Although there are over 4,400 identified species of earthworm, only a few are native to Hawaii, including the perionyx excavates, a red-purple earthworm that can provide organic farmers with an effective, and sustainable, method of vermiculture composting.

Worms thrive on the “three D’s”: dampness, darkness, and dinner. The practice of vermiculture accelerates the decomposition of composting materials, and their excrement becomes a natural soil fertilizer. The enhanced soil provides organic farmers like the folks at Hawaiian Organic Noni the ability to sustainably produce noni fruit leather and a variety of noni lotions.

How Does Hawaiian Organic Noni Do It?

Steve Frailey has been involved with organic farming since 1981. With the help of Scott Jarvis in 1994, their organic farm on the coast of Kauai began producing noni fruit leather. Today,  Hawaiian Organic Noni is still dedicated to sustainability and preserving as much of the raw noni properties that have been used as a preventative health aid by Hawaiians for years. For Frailey, his self-sustainable practices involve:

  • Using only natural well water
  • Running the farm with solar-voltaic energy and wind generators
  • No-till farming to preserve the land
  • Vermiculture for sustainable soil fertility (along with a lot of mulch!)

The result is a healthy noni farm that provides a natural, healthy way to prevent illness and slow the effects of aging. Their dehydration processes are revolutionary, producing the highest possible concentration of noni’s beneficial enzymes. Frailey offers consumers natural Hawaiian Organic Noni products through their organic farming methods, but we can give the worms at least some of the credit.

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