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Kauai's "Compost King" is the Unlikeliest of Tomato Farmers

Kauai's "Compost King" is the Unlikeliest of Tomato Farmers

Growing up on his parents’ tropical fruit farm in Kilauea, Dylan Strong refused to eat tomatoes. Luckily, his parents didn’t grow them. But the small, juicy orbs were nevertheless a staple in nearly every salad bowl. At 18, Strong decided to flee the nest of Kauai’s north shore for San Francisco. In California’s Bay Area he developed his organic farming muscle, learning about the seasonality of food and falling in love with vegetables. Despite his upbringing, farming for a living had not previously been on Strong’s radar. On this three-year sojourn, Strong discovered his latent ambition to become a chemical-free...

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KJC's Bottle Buy-Back Program: Discounts for You, a Lighter Load for the Landfill

KJC's Bottle Buy-Back Program: Discounts for You, a Lighter Load for the Landfill

It’s 8 a.m. on a Tuesday and Juice Hines, power drill in hand, has assumed position at the commercial sink inside Kauai Juice Company’s Kapaa production facility. Of course, his task for the next three hours has nothing to do with drilling. Affixed to the end of the appliance held in Hines’ balled-up fist is a bottle brush with a thousand bristles. At the push of the power switch, Hines’ left arm morphs into the cleverest little germ, juice and nut milk-scouring bottle scrubber on this side of the Pacific. “I’m paying attention for things like cracks in the lip...

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