Kuilima Farm is also home to Laulima Gardens, which consists of 34 community garden plots available to North Shore organizations and community members. Community gardeners enjoy a sense of community while growing their own food. Gardeners are eligible to utilize communal tools and equipment, as well as educational opportunities.
"It's something we can all do together and my kids can see the outcome."
Michael Tejada and his wife Marie started gardening at Laulima Gardens in April. The Tejadas were looking for a way to become more self-sustaining—to put food on the table they grew themselves and to share with others—and for an activity they could do with their five children, ages two to 17.
As a diver and fisherman, Michael Tejada knows the ocean well and after hearing about the gardens, thought this would be a great opportunity to learn more about the land with his family. "It was easy to apply for a plot, and we have time now to learn about gardening," said Tejada. "It's something we can all do together and my kids can see the outcome. We got he land ready and now we go every day to water and watch the process. It's secure, there are tools to share and free mulch, and the employees at Pono Pacific are so helpful. I love the mission of Kuilima Farms and think it's an amazing opportunity."
So far, the Tejadas have planted taro and sweet potato on their plot, and plan to add green onion, tomato, lettuce, and zucchini in the coming months.
Are you a local resident looking to grow your own food? Apply today and join our community of gardeners!