Hmmmm. It seems that the state’s purchase of the Galbraith Estate land in Wahiawa was just the first step in the process of preparing the area for farming.
The Agribusiness Development Corporation has now applied for a waiver to purchase 4,000 tons of calcium carbonate from Larry Jefts Farms, LLC for $90,000.
From their application for an exemption from normal bidding:
On September 10, 2012, the Agribusiness Development Corporation (ADC) closed the purchase of 1,200 acres of Gaibraith Estate lands for development of agricultural lands. The ADC plans to prepare 200 acres of land initially for small farmers (mostly S to 10- acre parcels). The soil is currently highly acidic and is not conducive for most truck crop farming. In order to make the soil less acidic, liming needs to be done and left to set for at least six months. Applying the calcium carbonate as soon as possible helps to assure that planting can begin in summer 2013. The sooner farming begins, the sooner farmers can harvest their crops. Procurement by competitive means could cause delays that would impact the farmers. In order for crop farming to be successful, timing is of essence.
That’s 20 tons per acre, if they intend on using the entire quantity on this 200 acre section. I don’t know anything about farming, but that sure sounds like a lot.
But at least the state is moving quickly to rehabilitate the soil and get the land back into production.