The joining of the nets.
Four generations of our family are invested in this 20 acre farm which is seated in ancestral homelands. In the year 2000 Grandma Lilly sold everything and made her dream come true by purchasing FL Farm, now named after her. Although she did not know it the land she purchased was actually located in the homeland of her grandchildrenʻs Hawaiian ancestors. In Hawaii there is a term for this. It is called “The joining of the nets” when two families weave themselves together to create a new outcome for the future generations of their shared descendants.
From Bean to Bag
Our trees grow at 2400 feet, just 30 miles from Pele, the volcano goddess. Itʻs not easy going against the grain. When we took over the kuleana of our family farm in 2015 we made a steadfast commitment to a complete ban on glyphosate products of any kind, creating a new model of sustainable agriculture which we call Hawaiian inspired permaculture. In the spirit of old Hawaiian practices the plants, animals and ancestors we share this land with are equally as important as the coffee. The farm is thriving in this model thanks to a herd of 25 angelic sheep and a fantastic team of hard working and knowledgable individuals.
Coffee has to be carefully processed with integrity and great attention to detail. Picked when perfectly ripe, pulped promptly, washed, then dried in our beloved bow house.The moisture level is diligently checked until itʻs perfect before the beans can be hulled. All of our coffee goes through this process right here on our own little farm. One of the most important things to us is providing dignified work to local people who have valuable knowledge. We work side by side with an artisan approach to creating beautiful beans rather than increasing profit margins.
Grandma Lilly left behind everything we needed to thrive. Including a humble but beautiful old-school cast iron drum roaster. In this era of future-forward high tech state of the art roasting businesses we are content with our simple, humble, one family, single estate coffee. We roast right here in our little blue barn with our kids and dogs running around and our friends hanging out. With the help of volunteers, work trade and local talent we are simple, down to earth people who love working with our hands and believe in our humble community.
wood valley, Kaʻū, hawaii island
21° 17' 21.7428'' N, 157° 55' 2.9280'' W
Pale: to protect or shield, as in a the gunwale of a canoe or the bumper of a car. Also, to deliver, as a child.
Pule pale: a prayer for protection
Pale keiki: midwife
Hua: fruit, egg, seed, offspring.
Pilina: The interdependent relationship between all things.
6 acres of Red and yellow bourbon,caturra,Typica
100% glyphosate free
In ancient times the valley was full of cultivated gardens and thousands of native plants which were used as food, medicine, tools, building and voyaging materials. In those times people cultivated and harvested with deep understanding of the reciprocal nature of all living things, which they called pilina.
As Hawaii underwent the process of colonization, people were swept into the pressures of a trade society. Certain resources were valued above others and the relationship between humans and plants became abusive. Sugar plantations, coffee and macadamia nut farming have carried on in this spirit.
After a century of abuse, we have returned to the practice of the ancient Hawaiians, listening to the plants, the elements and the ancestors. We do not use poison on this land. We do not force the trees to produce for us. We malama them and we mahalo when they give us the gift of their hua. Likewise, when “weeds” grow we do not go to war with them. We rejoice because they are medicine.