Kupu Hou Organic Farm


This Is How We Grow at Kupu Hou Organic Farm

We are founded upon Organic/Non-GMO and Permaculture principles. Permaculture is a term that was coined by Australians Bill Mollison and David Holmgren in the 1970s. This method of farming is based on working with natural patterns and using all the components of an element, so that a multitude of needs in the system can be met simultaneously. 

For example, a chicken has inherent value but also contributes to egg and meat production. Additionally its manure is a fertilizer, and it cleans up old garden bed debris while weeding and eating pests. The point being that in a Permaculture design each element will have a number of purposes, and the system is designed to work together in a manner that is synergistic. Many of the techniques and principles have been practiced by indigenous cultures for thousands of years, but Permaculture now has a rapidly growing international following as people increasingly realize that so many of the artificial and unintegrated means that have been used in agriculture are simply not sustainable.  

Permaculture is based upon 3 core ethics:

1) Care for the Earth

2) Care for the People

3) Return of Surplus which basically means reinvesting surpluses back into the system to provide for the first two ethics.  

Yields can be obtained on one acre farmed in a Permaculture manner that would take approximately 30+ acres farmed with mono crops. Stacking functions like one would find in a natural jungle or forest is more of the aim. Kupu Hou Organic Farm has invested in native Hawaiian tree reforestation as part of its dedication to the 'aina. Much of our coffee is overstoried with native trees. Additionally, we continue to be certified organic by International Certification Services, Inc.