Taro Patch Taking Shape

Well, well, well. As I stepped foot onto the taro patch for the first time in years, a sense of nostalgia washed over me.

It’s been quite some time since I last worked on a taro patch. The smell of wet soil and fresh greenery felt like an old friend, welcoming me back.

Working on the taro patch is like going back in memory lane. This tradition is not just about growing a crop, it’s a way of life that connects us to our ancestors and the land. The skills required to farm taro are passed down from generation to generation, ensuring that the crop is always of high quality.

Watching the taro grow and mature is a lesson in patience and perseverance. It took me back to years of growing up and memories of watching my grandparents and parents tending to the taro patch.

From selecting the right location for the patch, to preparing the soil, to caring for the plants throughout their lifecycle. Each stage of the process requires attention to detail and a deep understanding of the needs of the taro plant. But the effort is worth it, with the end result being a delicious and culturally significant crop.

The hard work put in was relentless from the planting stage, through to the harvesting and taking special care of the soil to ensure the growth of high-quality taro. The strain on the body is a small price to pay for the reward of enjoying the fruits of your labor with loved ones. The work is physically demanding, but the satisfaction of growing and harvesting your own crop is second to none.

And those dishes are not just meals, they’re a celebration of our heritage and a way of sharing our culture with others.

I remember how proud we were when we would harvest the taro and how the deliciously cooked taro dishes created a sense of community and togetherness.

It’s up to us to keep these traditions alive and honor the legacy of those who came before us.
As I reflect on my time on the taro patch, I’m reminded of the importance of preserving traditional farming practices and passing them down to future generations.. And the many things we’ve learned using technology and its contributions to farming today. 

I left the taro patch on our ranch with a renewed appreciation for the hard work and dedication of our ancestors, and a commitment to preserve their legacy for future generations, especially with my grandkids hoping to teach them something from my past so they can use it to their advantage in the future.