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10 Things to do in 2012

Hi everyone,

It’s a brand new year and all I want to do is slow down and get into my country life on Maui.

I plan to continue our Up-Country Farm Tours to Kula Country Farms, Ali`i Kula Lavender, Surfing Goat Dairy and Maui’s Winery and visit as many farms as possible to film and share with you. I’d like to offer private tours to hidden farms on Maui and invite you to imagine a simply elegant place with white linen, fresh cut flowers, fresh picked locally grown food prepared for you on a mountain overlooking the sea. Sip mamaki iced tea and learn about native plants of Hawaii.

We’d love to take you to Piliani Kope Coffee Farm in Lauiniupoko for a seed-to-cup experience then onto the Ka`anapali Coffee Farms to experience the amazing 180 acre coffee farm which provides the beans for the MauiGrown Coffee now gaining notoriety throughout the world. It’s a gorgeous scenic drive just minutes away from busy Lahaina town. For those that like to be escorted we’ll take you in comfort without a care. You can enjoy a wonderful lunch and learn about the agriculture of Maui.

But this post is about ten things to do in 2012. So I thought I’d give my thoughts on how to slow down.

The first thing that comes to mind is how to accomplish great things yet still slow down and keep centered despite the way the  world is moving so fast. Have you looked around lately? Even Hawaii is speeding along. As we spend time online perusing data from unlimited feeds it’s difficult to filter through it all unless you slow down and decide where you want your focus to be. I know my priorities will be on Farms, gardens, cooking, chefs, social media, Slow Food, adding my line of country farm products, designing cards, quilts, painting and inspiring others to pursue their dreams.

I’ve decided to create a monthly newsletter with content about all of the above related to the seasons on Maui.

Above all, I will continue with a passion for Maui and making everyday a work of art. So here’s what I suggest.

1. Number one each day is to take quiet time to reflect. Listen to the spirit within to guide you through each day. Write things down in order to remember and prioritize.

2. Look at your calender for the year. Set the goals you wish to achieve by the end of the year.

3. Take a look at each week  for goals to accomplish in small pieces. Don’t be disappointed if everything isn’t completed. Just get started. The only thing worse than work not completed is work never started.

4. Believe in yourself.

5. Get started anywhere. I have learned through the process of completing three books that if you put your ideas down on paper and save them each day you accomplish something and you will see it through.

6. Proceed without fear and say that you will never give up. You must have a mind tightly closed to all negativity. When obstacles come, take a deep breath knowing that there is a plan for you. Try to breeze through troubles like computer problems, family issues, work issues, knowing that you have a plan in your heart that must be achieved and no one is going to stop you. (Not your mother, father, husband, not anyone.) Be patient with them and don’t insist on being understood. Just know yourself and gather your own strengths from within. Trust me.

7. Find beauty in the small things each day. Sometimes it’s a moment here and there, quietness, a breeze, a puppy, birds in the trees, or messages from a loving friend on Facebook. Keep images of them in your mind.

8. Be happy and supportive of others. Learn from their experience. Duplicate the good, eliminate what you don’t want.

9. This should be number one: Know what you want. You must have a clear picture in your mind of what you want. See it complete. This is how dreams are imagined, created and achieved. You can start with a dream book of clippings, thoughts and ideas and by looking at these daily you will visualize the end result and take steps to achieve it. My books were designed in blank journals that had recipes, stories, garden designs, drawings that all took shape. It’s amazing what happens when you start on a creative journey and refuse to let anyone stop you.

10. My latest passion is Pinterest. It’s a social media platform where people pin images to boards they have created and categorize them. It’s a form of brainstorming with pictures. I have found the most gorgeous images and ideas to stimulate the subconscious mind. My categories are By The Sea, Gardens, Flora and Fauna, Favorite Places and Spaces, Foodie Stuff, Crafts and more to come. This is another way of creating your dream books. Search for the things you love and pin them. I will be using this to pin images from the country on Maui Country Farm Tours next. Follow me there by clicking on my Pinterest button in the side bar.

So start your year with a passion for life and keep it together by daily checklists, a vision of the entire year, daily, weekly and monthly goals. Make it measurable but don’t be too hard on yourself. Learn from the best. (Watch what everyone else is doing).

Hope you all have a wonderful year and we look forward to sharing Maui’s Agricultural Beauty. If you love  the country and want to see flowers, goats,  Maui’s Winery, Ulupalakua Ranch, Aina Lani Farm, Noho`Ana Taro Farm, Maui Tropical Plantation, Iao Valley, Ali`i Kula Lavender Farm, proteas, orchids, native plants, pineapple country, with a local Maui boy and his artsy, writing, cooking, gardening, designing, nurse, call us so we can we can take you on a personalized tour.

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I Had This Idea For A Farm Tour

I had this idea for a Scenic Farm Tour…

We acquired this beautiful bus from the Old Maui Pineapple company auction. It had been used by Kapalua Hotel as a shuttle.

Maui Country Farm Tours Van  When things began to change on Maui and the economy got crazy, I thought let’s do something we might really enjoy that could also bring attention to the farms on Maui. I was especially concerned when I heard that we could run out of food in a week and a half, if the ships stopped coming to our island. This was shocking to think that in a perfect climate we weren’t growing enough food to sustain the population, when Hawaiians had survived here for over eight hundred years living off the land and the sea.

I knew that the sugar cane was diminishing and Maui has the only working sugar plantation in the state. I envisioned the future of Hawaii as a series of cottage crops all over the island sustaining the people. But how will this get started if young people don’t take interest in farming and agriculture? The average farmer is sixty years old. Kula Country Farms was started by young farmers Chauncey Monden and Teena Monden, growing pumpkins, corn, onions, strawberries, herbs, flowers and whatever is in season. The Lavender Farm, “Ali`i Kula Lavender” is thriving and carrying on the legacy of Ali`i Chang it’s founder and providing scholarships to the youth of Maui who qualify to learn the business of agriculture. Lani and Pomai Weigert have traveled around the US and Canada teaching what they have learned about their successful “Country Chic” Brand.   I recently attended the “Added-Value” Workshop sponsored by Market Fresh Bistro in Makawao where several of Hawaii’s growers shared information on product creativity, product development and their stories of how they put together their businesses. Lani shared how they received their first $100,000.00 USDA added-value grant. Added-Value means products. I learned so much about products created for sale from ingredients Grown On Maui. For more information on Grants go to Grants.gov  We are so inspired by Lani Weigert  of the Lavender Farm and now Pomai  Weigert and Koa Chang who run operations. As they explain, originally they marketed to the seniors and now they are focusing on the youth.

Koa Chang of Ali`i Kula Lavender

I began the process of marketing when I created my books, The Amaryllis of Hawaii series, what a ride. I have been an organic gardener since twenty-five years old, I love to cook, and do every creative thing I can get my hands on. I have a burning desire to share with the world so I offer it daily via Twitter, Facebook, Flicker and You-Tube. Coming soon, much more video teaching of how to cook, how to plant and how to create whatever I’m up to at the time such as card-making, sewing, quilting, painting on tees, plant a tree, planting bulbs, making a pie-crust, lemon-meringue pie, apple pies, pumpkin pies, lilikoi jelly, stuffing a turkey and the whole day. I’m also a registered nurse and really enjoy giving that added attention to my guests.

Amaryllis of Hawaii By Marilyn Jansen

So, I thought why not create a country farm tour. I LOVE country and everything nostalgic about  country living. I live Up-Country on Maui on the slopes of Haleakala. It’s quiet, with chickens and roosters crowing in the distance and peacocks too. There’s a pig farm nearby and on some mornings we hear deer nearby. My husband knows the sound they make. On Sundays there’s no traffic passing by so you really get the feel of what Maui must have been like in the olden days.

Kula Country Farms

Aloha from Kula Country Farms

I wanted to take people back to a simpler place and time. I wanted to go there myself. So we started Maui Country Farm Tours “Sharing Maui’s Agricultural Beauty” and presented at The Maui Ag Festival 2011. People responded with great interest. It seems the Food Movement across the world is taking hold and people do want to know where their food is grown. Locavore is becoming a household word.

So here we go. I thought why not pick up people at Whole Foods (a great starting point and a wonderful supporter of local farmers) then take them on a scenic drive where local people might go on a Sunday drive. We go to Ho`okipa to check out the magnificent surf, then head up to the country.

Since my husband was born and raised in the Pineapple Camp (Hali`i Maile) we journey through pineapple country which is also diminishing since Maui Pineapple was sold in 2010. Now the boutique Pineapple company Hali`i Maile Pineapple sells the Maui Gold Pineapple and grow on approximately 1200 acres. They have pineapple tours, also. We tell the story of my husband’s experiences growing up in the camp then head on over to scenic Ulupalakua. The best part about this is actually slowing down long enough to feel the quiet, to relax under one hundred and fifty year old trees and picnic on the ranch.

Next we stop at Kula Country Farms overlooking all of  West Maui. My goal was to get people excited about the beauty and the products of Maui. Teena and Chauncey have created a charming farm stand on an actual working farm with chickens, goats, and changing colorful crops year round. The hands on strawberry picking, Feb-May and Pumpkin time Sept-Oct makes it a great activity for families on Maui.

We arrive at the Lavender Farm for Tea and scones then take an amazing walking tour and fill our pockets with scented lavender, geraniums and the story of the farm.

I started with the popular farms, but with over eight hundred farms on Maui it is truly my goal to introduce others that qualify for tours. I plan to visit as many as possible and do virtual tours at first to bring attention to their products and hopefully interest more and more people around the world about everything that comes out of our islands.

Of Course we go to Surfing Goat Dairy and we love the pride they have fortheir farm and the cheese making process!

Charlene Kauhane of Kauhane Inc. is responsible for promoting Maui County Farm Bureau and hosted several Grown on Maui events in the month of September. See Maui County Farm Bureau

I’m hoping you will spread the word and everyone who takes our tour writes a review at Tripadvisor.com by typing in Maui Country Farm Tours to find us or clicking on the link above, and then clicking on Write Review.

We’ve got Coffee Tours in the works and the Story of Chocolate by Melanie Boudar, the Sweet Paradise Chocolatier coming soon…

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