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October 2018 The Independent Voice

    The Independent Voice
“Best Agricultural Newsletter in Hawaii”
Newsletter of the Kona Coffee Farmers Association  
        October 2018

PO Box 5436 Kailua Kona, Hawaii 96745 USA
www.konacoffeefarmers.org info@konacoffeefarmers.org

Harvest Fiesta
How to Report Ag Theft
Treatment of Scale
Place a Classified Ad
Coffee & Art Stroll
Recipe: Kona Coffee Truffles

Editor – Clare Wilson

                                         HARVEST FIESTA!
                                 Taco Bar and Music and Games
                    for KCFA Members and their Families
                                     a member appreciation event
                           October 28, 2018- Sunday 2:30 pm -5 pm
Honaunau Rodeo Arena Meeting Area

                    1.5 miles down Keala o Keawe from Honaunau Post Office, makai side
                                   You are invited! Save the date!

                    KCFA will supply the food and drinks!
      Please RSVP by October 20, 2018  click here>>> Harvest Fiesta
                giving the # of Adults___ and # of Children__
                                    and a potluck if you want… 
                            More info will follow and see you there!

How to Report Ag Theft

It’s easy to report agricultural theft online. Click on this link Report a Farm Theft Incident  and fill out the online form.  It takes five minutes and your information will help better serve you.

Also, there is a system called Farm Watch to help relay information faster. Use this link: Sign up for Farm Watch
Please forward this information to anyone who may want to report or sign up.  Thank you.
Your farm theft prevention coordinator,


**disclaimer: i am not affiliated with the police, prosecutors, or any elected officials in hawaii county. i act on my own accord to raise the priority level of farm theft from low to high so farms can be safe and viable on the big island.
Submitted by Suzanne Shriner

Treatment for Scale on Coffee Trees 

I have a farm on Napo`opo`o Road.  We got little rain so coffee trees got infested with ants, was able to get rid of ants. A few weeks later the trees got infested with scale (mold) and the trees became black as result of ant problem. I tried different remedies, what I found to work wonderfully is Trilogy and soap. Trilogy is basically neem oil.  Use 1.5 oz. of Trilogy and 1oz. of dishwashing soap to one gallon of water and spray the scale.

Submitted by Armando Rodriguez, Casablanca Farms LLC

 a KCFA Member Benefit

The KCFA offers its Farmers, Associate and Business Members the opportunity to post a Classified here as a free KCFA Member Benefit. Almost anything can be posted; it doesn’t need to be only coffee-related.

*-Something for Sale *-Something you Want to Buy *-Help you Want *-Help you Want to Offer *-Donations/Giveaways *-etc.

Specifics: You must be KCFA Member. Maximum length of 500 characters and the Heading doesn’t count. Include your name/email address/telephone# and the price, if applicable.

Send to info@KonaCoffeeFarmers.org with subject: Classifieds and we’ll post it asap.

Coffee & Art Stroll November 3rd
The deadline for Kona coffee farmers to register for participation in the Coffee & Art Stroll is October 5th. For those who have not yet sent in a registration but would like to participate, please let Clare Wilson (clare@huahuafarm.com) know.
Some Kona coffee farmers sent in the Holualoa Village Ohana membership dues but did not send in the booth registration nor the fee for the booth. Both are necessary as HVO puts the program together. Any questions? Send an email to clare@huahuafarm.com.
–Submitted by Clare Wilson

Recipes Wanted! If any of you have coffee recipes that you would like to share, please submit them to the editor: clare@huahuafarm.com

Recipe: Kona Coffee Truffles


½ lb. semisweet chocolate chips
½ cup strong brewed Kona coffee
1 Tbsp butter
1 Tbsp liqueur (kahlua, brandy, kirsch, etc.)
½ cup unsweetened cocoa or other coating like chopped nuts

Chop chocolate very fine in a food processor. Heat coffee to close to a boil. With processor running pour in coffee. Add butter and liqueur and process until smooth. Place in refrigerator until mixture is firm enough to be shaped.
Form into small balls. Roll in cocoa or other topping. Store in the refrigerator.

LET US KNOW WHAT YOU THINK! >> Write to us. We welcome Letters to the Editor up to 150 words. We reserve the right to edit for clarity and length.  Include your name and email address >> Email: info@KonaCoffeeFarmers.org with SUBJECT: Commentary.