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Hawaiian home builder encourages backyard farms and aquaponic systems

D.R. Horton — Schuler Division is encouraging Kahiwelo at Makakilo residents to live more sustainably by growing their own fruits and vegetables in home gardens.

Press Release by Bennet Group
Hawaii News Now
May 16th, 2012

Excerpt:

D.R. Horton – Schuler Division unveiled its urban food gardens at a preview of its Kahiwelo at Makakilo homes on Tuesday. Kahiwelo at Makakilo offers residents the option to customize their backyards with FarmPodz™ garden beds and Mari’s Gardens aquaponic systems, encouraging residents to live sustainably by growing some of the fruits and vegetables that they eat. Fred Lau, owner of Mari’s Gardens, and Alan Joaquin, founder of FarmRoof®, led tours of the urban food gardens to show the variety of fruits, vegetables and fish that can be grown at Kahiwelo at Makakilo.

“Kahiwelo at Makakilo model home is an example of urban agriculture at its finest,” said Mike Jones, president of D.R. Horton – Schuler Division. “By enlisting the expertise of farmers to integrate urban food gardens into the homes, we are changing lifestyles by teaching people to live closer to the earth.”

Kahiwelo at Makakilo residents can raise greens like mint, lemon basil, rosemary, Hawaiian chili peppers and Gourmet Super Greens Blend in Alan Joaquin’s FarmPodz™ garden beds. A large size with six Podz as well as a smaller size with two Podz are available for Kahiwelo at Makakilo owners, and come equipped with an integrated battery-operated timer, valve, pressure regulator and water filter. Maintenance packages will also be available to residents whose busy schedules do not allow for upkeep in the garden.

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