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Published on May 9, 2013

We have applied to the Kauai Planning Commission to extend our hours of operation to 7:30a to to 9:30pm. We need people to show up at the meeting in Lihue on June 12th or write a letter of support to the Planning Department.  See the options to the right of this video to  see the different ways you can support us in this process.

I purchased CG in April of 2007 with the intention of creating a sustainable resource center. At the time, I was not really sure what that meant, but now 6 years later it is becoming clearer. I believe food is medicine. The healthier the soil, the plants that come from it, and related food preparation process the better the nutrition is in the food we create.

Food is a pathway to health. When you eat whole foods, free of toxins and low in saturated fats and sugar your body feels it at a cellular level. This creates an awareness that makes it easier to pursue other things that aid physical and emotional health such as general exercise, yoga, good relationships and media, or reducing dependence on sedatives and stimulants.

At Common Ground Kauai, we operate three distinct business units, an organic garden, a cafe, and a sustainable products market. They represent an agriculturally based vision for community development. Pretty much any community would benefit from a place that brings people together to enjoy healthy food and become aware of locally produced sustainable products.

We rely on triple bottom line values which place social and environmental returns in balance with economic returns. Meaning its not profit at all costs. At Common Ground Kauai the goal is to build community and enhance the environment while generating a reasonable, not outsized, financial return. We hopefully will inspire other businesses to look at their operations this way.


Chris Jaeb


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