Organic Farm Management

Organics Simplified

A four page intensive on various DIY organic pesticides that safeguard human health from harmful chemicals that can cause illnesses. This is a result of years of research by the Foundation for Rural I...

Growing Organic Crop Nurseries

Detailing the setup of an organic crop nursery at Napil Rural Training on Tanna Island in Vanuatu. The young farmers that setup the nursery grow on the foothills of the famous, fiery Mount Yasur that ...

Cooking Soil

Soil is cooked or sterilised for organic nurseries in Vanuatu. This is to ensure the optimal growth and health of the seedling. Young farmers at Napil Rural Training Centre are well versed in the acti...

Harvesting and Processing Organic Peanuts

A strict process is followed in the harvest and processing of organic peanuts to ensure compliance with organic standards and to maintain the organic integrity of the product. Women are largely involv...

Growing Organic Peanuts

Peanuts are a great source of income for farming families in Vanuatu particularly on islands like Tanna. POETCom works with Farm Support Association and Nasi Tuan to introduce organic peanut cultivati...

Washing Seeds for Organic Nurseries

Commercially bought seeds are often coated with chemicals to preserve them and are unsuitable for organic farming. Washing them allows farmers to use them and overcome the difficulties of finding open...

Mulching - Marshall Islands

Mulches retain soil moisture. In Marshall Islands, where the heat is intense, it's a crop saver. They also regulate soil temperature, suppress weed growth and has a pretty effect. Materials for mulche...

Marshallese Compost Making

Composts are soil medicine on Marshall Islands. A boon to many farmers that toil to eke a living our of sandy soils, composts make a huge difference in farming. Crop trees thrive better with compost t...

IV Drip Method - Marshall Islands

Droughts are no stranger to the Marshall Islands. Sometimes they extend for nine months. Crops can suffer or are decimated by the intense dryness. IV Drip bottle methods can save many of these. Here's...

Composting on the Rock - Niue

Composts or black gold is decomposed organic matter used as fertiliser to improve soil health. Here's a step by step instructional on how to make this miracle addition to soils on Niue. Materials for ...

The Sefito - Niue

Sefito is recognised in Niue as the crop that survives droughts. Its an ancestral plant used as food during times of famine. They are kept as food reserves in the ground and harvested when they are ne...

Saving Bananas - Niue

Bananas are a source of potassium and income for Niueans. Sold to make 'maholi' chips that feed the thriving tourist market, bananas are farmed as cash crops. Saving bananas trees from the strong wi...

Kaufi of Niue

Kaufi or Kapia or more commonly known as cassava is a food staple in Niue. Kaufi is an annual crop with a starchy, tuberous root eaten as a source of some vitamins and minerals. It is also resilient t...

Planting Talo on the Rock - Niue

Talo is a staple crop in Niuean diets. Planted by all families, the methods learnt through generations, talo thrives in forest areas, growing off the rocky foundation of farms. The tough bedrock requi...

Fish Emulsion - Cook Islands

Fish emulsions are a nutrient source for soil microbes that work to improve soil health. This clear, step by step instructional for making fish emulsion is used by organic farmers in Cook Islands. In ...

Fixing Nitrogen with Gliricidia - Niue

Gliricidia sepium is a leguminous plant that has many uses including fixing nitrogen in the soil. On Niue, gliricidia is also used as a source of green manure, structural support for vanilla plants an...

Growing Niuean Yams

Niuean yams are an honored part of cuisine on 'The Rock of Polynesia'. They signify traditional and cultural prestige. A traditional presentation of food for cultural festivities and solemn traditiona...

Pit Planting on an Atoll - Marshall Islands

Pit planting on an atoll is an effective, organic method of growing crops. It counters the hostile, farming environment by incubating organic materials that form a nutritious base that crops thrive in...

Saving Papaya in Kuki Airani - Cook Islands

It's a simple, ingenious technique for pawpaw farm resilience during and after storms. Saves the farmers months in waiting time for crops to regrow and bear fruit. A speedy recovery from the adverse i...

Growing Kape for famines - Cook Islands

Giant taro or kape as the Cook Islands Maori people call them is a savior in times of little food. When famines sweep the land, Cook Islanders take to the forests to uproot this crop. They then gather...

Taro Mulched Bed - Cook Islands

Planting taro the Cook Islands way with lots of mulch that forms an effective, organic weed control. The mulch keeps the soil moist and the taro protected from the brutal assault of a tropical sun. It...

Planting Organic Papaya - Marshall Islands

Papaya is one of few fruits grown locally in Marshall Islands. The rest are imported. This instructional provides clear step by steps on growing organic papaya in a difficult farming environment. It a...