Author Archives: Matt

Cycling around the world to study culture and sustainability.

Livestock: Organic Chicken Feed in Japan

Organic egg production is a fast and relatively simple way to develop a consistent income stream for your small farm.

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Farmer: Shinji Hashimoto

Shinji Hashimoto is equal parts farmer, philosopher and community leader.

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Yoga for Cyclists

Long-distance bicycle touring is tough on your body. You spend hours a day cramped up in a position that is hard on your wrists, neck, shoulders, back and legs, so it’s important to spend a little bit of time each day stretching to show your body a little love for all its hard work!

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Personal Care: Isao’s Natural Hair Oil

Hair can turn into dry kindling in the winter time, but a few drops of Isao’s natural hair oil will set things right.

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Farmers: Kris, Naome, Elina & Luca

Like all of our featured farmers, Kris and his family share an appreciation for things that grow.

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Farmer: Somreach

We met Somreach in Siem Reap at our hotel, Khmer Cuisine B&B. When we greeted and thanked him in his native tongue, he told us it made him happy that we were trying to learn his language, so he spent the rest of our visit tutoring us on the Khmer language!

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How To Make Raised Garden Beds

A wise farmer named Sun once told me that growing food is all about managing the soil.

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Photos: Kebun Kaki Bukit, Malaysia

A gallery of the photos we took at Kebun Kaki Bukit in Jugra, Malaysia.
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Recipe: Base Gede

The only thing I love more than eating good food is learning how to make it so I can relive my gluttony in the future. Indonesians use simple ingredients to create incredibly complex flavors.

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Choosing the Open Road

When most people start an adventure, they usually depart feeling a sense of preparedness and excitement. This was not even remotely our experience.

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A preview of our new backyard aquaponics system, design courtesy of Olomana Gardens.

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il più bello giardino nel mondo

we’re 2 months into the new year and have plenty of new projects happening on the farm!

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Taro Exhibit

Yesterday Common Ground received an extensive kalo (taro) collection from Paul Massey, who teaches our Saturday sustainable gardening course, runs Regenerations Botanical Garden in Kalihiwai, and actively propagates and shares a diverse collection of perennial plants that will be critical to Kaua’i’s long-term food security via a monthly Seed Exchange.

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sunday morning market cart!

Sunday mornings at Common Ground just got even better! Come for Carol Dumeyer’s 10AM yoga class, brunch with live entertainment, and now for some garden fresh fruits, veggies and flowers!

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harvest day

Today, Mark and Matt harvested 157.28 pounds of food for Common Ground’s Garden Cafe restaurant in Kilauea, Kaua’i!

rainy day mulching

A little rain couldn’t keep us from sheet mulching 30+ fruit trees at Common Ground owner Chris Jaeb’s property. The landscaping and garden crews collaborated this week to get a ton of work done; take a look at the results from Friday.

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vacation in washington

this post is long overdue, but i wanted to share some pictures from my recent trip to washington!

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Hearty Vegan Lunch

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The Perfect Day…

… started with a bike ride to the Kilauea bakery for breakfast and cafe americano. Today we got after it in the garden. The results speak for themselves.

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News From the War Room

This week we had a chance to cook for the owner of Common Ground, Chris Jaeb, and a few of our coworkers to demonstrate how we’re creatively using our  garden resource to cook simple, nourishing meals. We also took this opportunity to discuss plans for future projects that we believe will foster a progressive and innovative atmosphere at Common Ground.
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Never Enough Pasta

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Sustainable Gardening Class & Family Dinner

Happy Sunday!


The Common Ground crew had a great day yesterday! We took the first in a series of 10 Sustainable Gardening classes at KCC. Our first class focused on how to evaluate land and choose the best locations for the various elements that that make up a backyard or commercial farming project.

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Garden Fresh Vegan Meal

After a long day spent weeding, feeding, cultivating and prepping new beds in the garden, Sky and V used what we harvested to prepare an incredible vegan dinner for the house. If we keep eating like this, this vegan diet challenge is gonna be a piece of cake!

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