Utopian Delusions

Farmland Theft Thwarted In Maui County

I’ll be honest, I don’t put much faith in humanity as a whole.  I do believe we are capable of amazing heroics and selfless acts of kindness and love.  If you need an example, the horrifying events in an Orlando nightclub this past weekend should give you an idea of what I mean.  One terrorist cooks up a plan to end the lives of as … Continue reading Farmland Theft Thwarted In Maui County

Agriculture and Apple Bananas

Maui A to Z: Agriculture

How appropriate for the beginning of the A to Z challenge.  The thing I love most in the world, agriculture!  Since moving to Hawaii eight years ago, we’ve had the opportunity to visit many farms on Maui.  Looking for lavender, papaya, coffee, wine, hydroponically grown lettuce, seed corn, grass fed beef, sugarcane, or mangos?  We have that.  Our family’s top two agriculture tours have been of … Continue reading Maui A to Z: Agriculture

Privileged Students Protest Vitamin A Rich Bananas

As an Iowa State University graduate, I’m often filled with pride when I hear about activities happening on the campus that I called home for four years.  My husband Dave and I graduated from ISU’s Agriculture Department, and I later worked in both the Food Science Department running taste tests on apples and at the Horticulture Farm doing field research.  Both departments feel a little … Continue reading Privileged Students Protest Vitamin A Rich Bananas

Kabocha and Aloha

Lately, I have a hard time giving my business to establishments that hang a “Vote Yes” sign in their window.  On every other issue, I don’t care at all if we disagree, I’ll still support your business.  But on the Maui County Initiative, I just can’t make it through the door of a ‘yes’ business.  They are advocating for the loss of my husband’s job, … Continue reading Kabocha and Aloha

Maui Ag Bumper Sticker

Maui’s Farming Ban

A few months ago the people of Maui County were given the opportunity to present testimony before the county council on a proposed ban on farming.  Here’s what I had to say: Thank you for hearing testimony today.  My name is Rhonda Stoltzfus, and I’m here as a mom and agriculture enthusiast.  I have a bachelors degree in Horticulture from Iowa State University – specializing … Continue reading Maui’s Farming Ban