“Revitalizing Lanai with Food Forestry”

People are invited to attend “Revitalizing Lanai with Food Forestry”, a free class, on Saturday, December 9, from 9-11 AM at the Lanai Senior Center. The class has been postponed from December 2nd.

Dave Sansone, the owner of Hawaii Edible Landscaping, LLC on Hawaii Island, will share how food forestry, also known as agroforestry, can help gardeners, farmers, and land managers grow more food, develop drought-resistant gardens, beat the weeds naturally, and revitalize and protect the aina and kai.

Attendees will learn what agroforestry is, see examples of agroforestry in action in Hawaii, and go home empowered with simple agroforestry practices to overcome Lanai’s unique challenges like drought. There will be time for questions and answers, as well as, discussion for community members to share their challenges and solutions others have found. This is the first of 3 classes that will be offered on Lanai in 2023, 2024, and 2025.

“Food forestry and agroforestry are a set of sustainable agriculture practices with ancient roots that can increase production, beat the weeds naturally, and improve the soil,” Sansone explains. “With agroforestry, we transformed a rock quarry, rubbish dump, and railroad grade into a low-maintenance edible botanical garden. Agroforestry has solutions for nearly every challenge.”

“Cultivators can benefit from agroforestry since it ‘lets nature do the work” to reduce dependence on increasingly expensive and scarce resources like fertilizer, herbicide, fuel, and irrigation,” Sansone says.

Sansone has over 20 years of experience in agroforestry and organic & natural farming. His company, Hawaii Edible Landscaping, LLC offers agroforestry & permaculture consultation, design, installation, maintenance, and education for Hawaii’s diverse growing conditions.

There is no admission charge.
For more information, go to, email, or call 808-464-3657.

Sponsors: USDA, Pacific Aquaculture and Coastal Resources Center at UH College of Agriculture, Forestry, and Natural Resource Management, Marine and Environment Institute of Pohnpei, and HFUU.