We, my wife Yoko and I, grow 100% Kona coffee, on our 7 acres farm, on the Big Island of Hawaii. We are located in the South Kona district, like a township, in Honaunau (neighborhood) or Captain Cook (village). We are members of the Kona Coffee Farmers Association (KCFA).
We are also members of the South Kona Green Market (SKGM) that is operating every Sunday in Captain Cook on the grounds of the Amy Greenwell Botanical Gardens. All of these organizations are 501(3)c non-profits.
Currently, we just completed the harvest season and are beginning to prune the coffee trees for the next crop. We are also raising the canopy in the areas of coffee trees that are inter-mixed with Macnut trees. Our Kona coffee farm is 150 years old but around 1965 the owners planted Macnut trees to supplement their income and now they provide too much shade.
The Kona coffee trees need to be pruned every year. Most of our trees are over 100 years old. They have 4-6 verticals going up from the stump and each year the oldest vertical is most likely removed. The maximum productivity for a Kona coffee vertical is reached in 5-7 years; after that the production declines and the vertical becomes too tall to pick or it begins to bend down and interfers with picking and other work.
That is briefly where we are today.
This is my first post, I hope it's ok. I didn't violate any rules I hope.
I will give more detail next time.