Author | Speaker
Author | Speaker
~ Heirloom Plants ~
nna Peach over came all the odds to become a very productive and sustainable farmer in Hawaii. Anna began her journey to prove that one person could make a difference in food security. In a state where 90% of the food is imported she created her ¼ acre farm on the side of a volcano. Thus the “Squash and Awe” farm was hand created. No one but Anna had faith in her success. The land was unfit for growth until she amended it with the waste products from a local brewery and restaurant. The island is home to some of the toughest agricultural pest in the world. Not to mention the multi decade drought issues. Armed with only fortitude and heirloom squash seed three years ago Anna braved the odds and became a huge success. She had no guidance and little knowledge of growing squash. She became a self- taught successful farmer. Anna is also referred to as a guerrilla farmer. A guerilla farmer is unconventional in today’s methods and embraces what was once accepted as the conventional. She revises, rescued and revisited methods to naturally return to fertile soil.
Anna also had to overcome a huge obstacle, her fear of public speaking in order to spread the word about her squash farming. Presently she is at the National Heirloom Expo in Santa Rosa, California where she will share her story about squash. Shortly she will be representing Hawaii in Turi , Italy as a USA Delegate. In the spring she will speak at the Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds Missouri headquarters. She is a regular on the public radio, The Conversation, The Organic Gardeners podcast and has created an instructional squash growing episode for TV. She is a member of the Great Garden Speakers. I would feel safe in saying that farming is not the only way Anna Peach has grown.
She is a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her art has been on exhibit internationally in non- conventional venues.