In Our Fields
Paradise Meadows is home to 80 or so bee hives. In Hawaii, we have flowers blooming year round, and our bees produce honey in every season. Bees are opportunity feeders, which means they will range up to 1.5 miles from their hive, when necessary, to find a food source. When food (that is, nectar and pollen) is abundant, bees will tend to stay closer to the hive, selecting from among the array of flowers blooming. To learn more about bees in general, and specifically about the challenges of keeping bees (aka apiculture) in Hawaii, click here.
The folks at Paradise Meadows are all coffee lovers, and that love shows in the quality of the award-winning coffee we call The Local Buzz. Our coffee is the result of taking 3 types of 100% Hawaiian Ka'u beans (Arabica Typica, Red Caturra and Yellow Caturra) and blending them to produce an extraordinarily smooth yet complex coffee. 100% of our trees (and, therefore, 100% of our beans) are grown in the Ka'u district of the Big Island of Hawaii at elevations ranging from 1800' - 2000' above sea level, and our soil is unusually deep and rich relative to other parts of the island (including Kona).
Paradise Meadows is also home to the largest lime orchard in the state (that we know of). Over 1,400 trees produce delicious mostly Tahitian limes that we sell to local grocery stores, restaurants and other vendors.
In Our Greenhouse
Aquaponics is the fusion of two methods of farming, aquaculture, or fish farming, and hydroponics, growing in water instead of soil. In hydroponics you typically fertilize your plants with man-made chemicals and must maintain a constant and careful balance at all times. In aquaponics the plants are fertilized naturally by the waste of the fish, which breaks down into a form of Nitrogen called Nitrates that the plants can use. This system becomes a closed pond system and balances itself naturally without the need for chemicals. The only thing we add to the system is fish food.