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Whispering Winds Bamboo Showcased at the Maui Contractors Association's 43rd Annual 'Home Expo' Event
WWB Cooperative owners Rich von Wellsheim and Ryan Zucco spent the day at the Home Expo last Friday, June 21st, under our Bambooth which was designed and built for events. Our Bambooth stood out amongst the crowd of builders, contractors, homeowners, and alternative energy distributors. We brought along our collapsible table and shelving unit, built for easy transport, which come apart and are put back together very quickly and efficiently. People showed interested in our bamboo products and the unique design of our structures. We have worked on several custom orders, like the ones displayed above, and want to make your next bamboo building dream a reality! Call us to place an order for a table, chairs, shelving units and more. Look for our Bambooth at an event in the future.
Kokua Day at Kapahu Farm
Our Farm Apprentices spent a 'kokua day' last week pulling weeds out of Kapahu Farm's lo'i (wetland) taro patches, and talking story with kalo farmer Uncle John Lind. The apprentices came home with a bucket full of taro as a thank you from Uncle John. It was the first time in a lo'i for many of the apprentices, and they were happy to get into several mud fights to break up the work day. We try to give back by volunteering for an organization once a month, and call it our 'kokua day.' For more information on Uncle John and his kalo, visit Kapahu Farm.
On-site IMO Production:
We make our own "IMO" (Indigenous Microorganisms) fertilizer on the farm which we apply to our bamboo plants, nursery starts, and food crops. Here, WWB co-owner and Apprentice Coordinator Seth Raabe explains the process to two apprentices as they help build the IMO pile. This is a natural farming technique taught by Master Cho. Seth studied with Master Cho several years ago and learned to make fertilizers and other natural farming preparations.
Ferdinand, our thousand-pound bull, loves the treats he gets on the farm. Here, an apprentice feeds him a banana. Don't try this at home!
For more information about our products, plants, or programs, please give us a call at 808-248-7561 or visit our website, www.whisperingwindsbamboo.com