Thursday, January 12, 2012

Pineapple farm

I love a tour. Factory tours, farm tours - how anything is made. So when Kris and I passed the Dole Plantation in Hawaii, of course we stopped!

The road to the plantation was already lined with pineapple fields:

And then we took a narrated train ride out to see them up close.

Jim Dole, a new Harvard grad, bought 61 acres in Hawaii in 1900. He did well ... so well, in fact, that in 1922, he bought the ENTIRE ISLAND of Lana`i. As they said, "He transformed it into the largest pineapple plantation in the world, with 20,000 farmed acres and a planned plantation village to house more than a thousand workers and their families. For nearly 70 years, Lana`i supplied more than 75% of the world’s pineapple, becoming widely known as the “Pineapple Island.”

Back at the garden, we saw the more mature pineapple up close.

What a beautiful fruit!

We also learned about the planting, growing cycle, and harvesting. Planting and harvesting are done by hand. I was really surprised. Seems like someone would have invented some planter and harvester in the last 100 years.

I even took a picture of the FAQ, since it was good.

I, honestly, didn't know how pineapple grew. Seeing it up close was so interesting.

The fresh pineapple at the end was a great advertisement for a finished product. We actually ate pineapple every day we were in Hawaii. I love farm tours, I love eating ... what a great tour. It wasn't just a farmer thing. The place was packed.

We're back home on the dairy - producing milk! Thank goodness we're not still hand-harvesting it.


Badrar said...

haha, love the last comment you made! Made me laugh.

Carla said...

I'm glad. I hope seeing that baby pineapple made you smile too. : )

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haha..yeah, you got it. There is a little pineapple and it is growing very fast:) Well, your thoughts are almost identical to me. I also love farms, fruits, and vegetables. Nice DAY!