Growing Table Grapes in Subtropical Hawaiʻi Using
Gerry Herbert is an agricultural researcher & historian who moved to Kona in 1995 from his farm in Potter Valley, Mendocino. He has always loved growing grapes and over the past 6 years, he built a series of five small vineyards on our farm at Kawanui on Hawai’i island, and began researching and ordering promising grape varieties from the UC Davis Grape Repository. In 2020 we wrote a SARE Farmer/Rancher Grant to continue the research and add an educational component.
If you have found us here, we invite you to come along with us on a two year (2021-2023) grape journey to discover varieties that can thrive in our subtropical environment, taste delicious, can be grown organically, and uncover the diverse best practices necessary to grow grapes in Hawai’i.
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"Table Grapes for Subtropical Hawai’i" is a project made possible by SARE: Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Initiative at https://western.sare.org 406-994-4785, and NIFA,https://nifa.usda.gov/