Beside doing the research for the possible solution of solar panel and being the volunteer for the local farmer, I also explore the island. I used to think that Kauai might be similar to the Tampa because both cities are popular by the sunshine and beach. However, After I came to here, the humidity is totally different. In Kauai, I can obviously perceive that humidity is higher than Tampa. The most impressive is chickens. In Kauai, there are several wild chicken out there. It’s very interesting for me because I never see wild chicken since I was born.
In the third week, we went to the farmer union meeting to meet much more local farmers. In this the farmers union meeting, their organization and way to disuses totally surprise me. Usually, I thought that this farmer union meeting might be a event that purpose is to connect local farmer. However, I was wrong. The farmers Union not only connect the local farmers but also teach local farmers about the latest agricultural knowledge. As the figure show, the host stands in front of local farmers and then teaches those farmers about a organic agricultural book published by a Korean agricultural doctor. The farmers focus on the lecture and take note that even harder than the classmate who I met in class at USF. After the theory lecture, each farmer give their practical experience to show what challenge they face. I am very surprised the this logical and organized way to maintain the meeting. I also feel that a lot of people put their effort in sustainability.
After eight hours fly from the Tampa to Kauai, I finally got Kauai to start my trip of internship. In the first day of working for the Greenworks, We went to the farmer to know every body to get familiar with the environment. However, My physical clock was disturbed by the jet lag so that I felt very exhausted and didn’t pay too much attention when the external supervisor led us in the farm for the orientation. But, I feel very excited due to the fact the farm that I work for grow every organic plant. They don’t use any pesticide and chemical product to nurture the plant. This situation motivates my confidence in helping the local farm to become more sustainability. Because they care about the sustainability, renewable energy that I research for will help them to be greener.