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Work, willingness to adapt keep farmer on farm

October 9, 2013
The Maui News
Ed Evonuk of Evonuk Farms kicks up a little dust while mowing weeds along rows of basil Tuesday afternoon in Omaopio. Evonuk said that he and his family have been farming along Omaopio Road for 38 years. During that time, they have planted many different types of crops, including onions, lettuce and cabbage. He said that when a new disease or pest arrives to ruin one crop they move on to something new. “We’ve grown just about everything, but now we’re mostly into herbs,” he said. “Cilantro is our biggest crop, along with basil.” Evonuk conceded that his farm may have pretty views, “but views don’t make the vegetables grow. It’s a lot of hours. You’ve got to be dedicated. I’ve seen a lot of farmers come and go through the years.”
The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo


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